This week we talk to Liz Luff who has been involved in the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation since it started back in 2008. Liz talks about the amazing work the Foundation does including some of the moving stories of its fundraisers. We also talked the personal motivation for her to be involved in its work. We also talk about Liz's love of Italy and a border terrier nicknamed "Maggie Mayhem".
This week we talk to Robin Fry, CEO of VODA which is the Voluntary Organisations Development Agency for North Tyneside. We talk about his love of film and music making as well as VODA's response to the Covid pandemic, supporting volunteers and the local communities over the last 12 months, including helping people with food and prescription deliveries and befriending opportunities.
We're back for a new season of happiness podcasts. We are kicking off the Northern Guide to Happiness with a brilliant interview with Jack Lowe, who for the last 6 years has been travelling round the UK and the Republic of Ireland in a decommissioned ambulance dark room called Neena documenting every RNLI lifeboat station using glass plate photography. He talks to Alex about achieving "level contentment", and the importance of family, community, kayaking and social media amongst many other things.