Recognising the needs of Carers

In this week's show Leyla speaks to Anita Powell about recognising the needs of carers in the workplace and beyond. Continue Reading Recognising the needs of Carers

Welcome to the 134th episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast. Today, we are going to be talking about recognising the needs of carers, and as you know, this month’s theme is all about recognition and recognising different groups To join me in talking about this is Anita Powell.

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About my guest Anita Powell

Anita grew up in Bedford England. Currently, she is a Community Engagement Advocate based in Bedford. Her career has included working on and off in the voluntary and community sector.  She has a natural internal interest in working with and around social issues and injustices. 

Anita has worked on causes and jobs working with women, men, young people including mental health, ex-offenders, long term unemployed, and refugees.

She is the founder of the Menopause Alliance formed in 2019. It is currently an online peer Facebook group page. However, prior to the Covid-19 Pandemic there were face to face meetings. Anita is also a co-founder of Black Women in Menopause with Nina Kuypers. Check out Episode #111 for more information about Nina.

One of the co-founders of Bedford Radio Local Community Radio Station, Women’s Officer for the Bedford Labour Party. A speaker on Menopause, community, ethnic minorities, and women’s issues.

She was awarded the ‘I am Inspiring’ in 2016 by Evans, Garnier and Marie Claire Magazine for her community work and community radio show.

Her current community radio show is Disabilities Matters. Anita is a mother of an autistic child, she was a child carer of a parent with a disability, and she is also dyslexic. When she has time, she tries to draw, paint, sew, make mosaics, and read.

In today’s show on Recognising the needs of Carers

  • About Anita Powell and her purpose in life. [02:36]
  • How she has managed to juggle her work and her personal life. [04:38]
  • How she became involved in community radio and how it boosted her confidence. [08:47]
  • What workplaces can do to genuinely support staff who have caring responsibilities. [21:58]
  • Her top 3 tips for looking after her mental health. [28:51]

Quotes on Recognising the needs of Carers

  • One of the things that I’ve had to do is, I’ve had to learn to say the word no.
  • Community radio helped me build my confidence and my communication skills as it helps you develop the skill of being analytical and ability to articulate my thoughts or feelings.
  • Human Resources departments of workplace should create a menopause policy,
  • I’ve had to develop a change of mindset in certain things, because I’m also also single parent.
  • Human Resources departments of workplace should create a menopause policy, something in black and white, that clearly outlines how the organisation manages the topic of menopause.
  • Sharing time with important people, is my emotional boost.

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