68. Amara Leigh Hull – Happiness, Love and Health

“I guess we don’t really get taught so much at school about how to deal with hormones and how to accept them and be like, that’s okay, that’s fine.”

CW: depression and suicide.

This week Julian talks to TR-14er Amara Leigh Hull. Amara talks openly about the hardships she has been through ranging from depression in school, to how lockdown changed her life, and where dance and music has fitted in with that.

Throughout lockdowns, very dark periods, and going to uni, Amara has kept up working as a leader with the TR-14ers. To hear her speak about the place it has in her life is to learn from someone what a difference community can make.

66: David Aynsley – TR14-ers and What Community Policing Can Be

‘I realised that deprivation is lack of access to human rights. Because every measure of human rights, every human right is also a measure of deprivation. It’s almost the same language.’

The story of how a policeman became instrumental in setting up a Cornish dance group is fantastic. The TR14-ers, named by its young members, are based in Cambourne in Cornwall (a.k.a TR14) and was set up in 2005 by David Aynsley our guest this week. David’s core of compassion, and his understanding of how communities can be nurtured led him to sign his Neighbourhood Police Team up to the first ever Connecting Communities programme run by our former guest Hazel Stuteley, and the rest is history.

It is an extraordinary story that shows what policing can do. The TR14-ers are now a self-run charity, the lessons are free, the young dancers self-organise and lead the dance sessions. This conversation is full of stories that show how you can feed what is good in a community that to many looks like there is nothing, how you can be a supportive police force, how amazing and hard that is, but mostly how worth it it is.

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63: Part 2 of Hazel Stuteley O.B.E – It’s Not Rocket Science

“The biological changes, the chemical changes that happen in the brain when people get a sense of inference and control is huge. It’s massive.”

This week Julian and Hazel conclude their conversation about Hazel’s amazing work after the enormous success of the Beacon project in Cornwall.

While Hazel had a disappointing stint with the Government, who failed to grasp the importance of what she achieved, her success did not go unnoticed. Through speaking up and down the country Hazel met a hoard of doctors, and various academics, who understood how transformative the Beacon project had been.

Hazels work since then has been no less successful. And throughout all of it she has held onto the key principles that drove the initial project – connection, listening, and giving people space. While it sounds simple, it is incredibly hard to execute with authenticity.

For more information on the work that Hazel has done you can hear last week’s episode, and also look at C2.

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62: Part 1 of Hazel Stuteley O.B.E – Beacon

‘I was taught how to be compassionate, and you need to be taught’

This week is the first part of a conversation with Hazel Stutley O.B.E. Her work has been lauded widely for both the impact that it has had and the way that stakeholders are at the centre of her work, in a way that has been truly transformative.

In part 1 Hazel talks about how she came to community development, and in particular how she started the Beacon project in Cornwall which went on to win awards and, more importantly, had remarkable side effects on the community ranging from better school grades for primary school children, to safer housing.

Hazel’s kindness, and belief in the ability of humans to also be kind and engaged given the opportunity, shines throughout this episode. Through connection and communication grounded in compassion, Hazel has achieved so much, and shown what is possible.

For more information on the work that Hazel has done you can tune in to next week’s episode, and also look at C2

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