Surrey Voices: The Disability Podcast

This podcast explores the issues which impact those with disabilities, sensory needs, autism, and mental health. We follow the achievements of those using Surrey Choices services. Surrey Choices provides support services to improve the independence, confidence and life skills of people with a range of disabilities and support needs, whatever their age, in their local community. Choices Waves is a vocational project within Surrey Choices, making radio shows and podcasts.

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Down Syndrome Awareness

Monday Jul 31, 2023

Monday Jul 31, 2023

This month's podcast is all about Down syndrome. Our host Matthew shares his experience. We hear from Lorni from the Down's syndrome Association, Pops chats with Helen from PSDS and hear from Nicola Enoch from Down Syndrome Uk.  Find the link to her Tedx Talk below;  How I nearly terminated my son through ignorance. 

Learning Disability Week 2023

Tuesday Jun 27, 2023

Tuesday Jun 27, 2023

This month's podcast is all about Learning Disability week. Our host Tash shares her experience and chats with Dan.
Martin and Salvatore meet Ciara; from Mencap who hosts her own podcast show. 
Jackie Doe tells us about books beyond words and how to get involved and Future Choices get excited for Wimbledon. 
Surrey Choices - Every Life, Every Chance - Surrey Choices

Tuesday May 30, 2023

This month, our host David explores men's mental health and men's sheds, which are a growing success around the world in combatting men's mental health.
Adam talks to an ambassador from the Men's Shed Association, and our colleague Katie visits our own shed to talk to Nigel. We also talk to people at Surrey Choices about mental health and unwinding.
Surrey Choices - Every Life, Every Chance - Surrey Choices
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Samaritans | Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy | Here to listen 

Understanding Autism

Tuesday Apr 25, 2023

Tuesday Apr 25, 2023

Join our host Peter to mark World Autism Awareness Day which was on April 2nd. We're talking to Simon Tobin, who has autism and speaks publicly to educate others, and a parent whose child has autism. We also hear stories from some of those at Surrey Choices who have autism.
Surrey Choices - Every Life, Every Chance - Surrey Choices
Autism Awareness- Simon Tobin | Facebook 
Music by: Coma-Media | Pixabay

Tuesday Mar 28, 2023

March 26 was Purple Day, so what better time to focus on epilepsy? What is it? What medical help is available? What causes seizures and what should you do when someone has one? Well, here’s a hint: calm cushion call. And one more question, why purple? Well, stick with us because today we find out. 
Join our host Matthew, and interviewers Carinder and David, as we explore epilepsy. We talk to the experts at Epilepsy Action and Epilepsy Society.
Surrey Choices - Every Life, Every Chance - Surrey Choices
Epilepsy Society | Transforming lives through advocacy, research and care 
Home - Epilepsy Action
Music by: Coma-Media | Pixabay

Gaining Our Independence

Tuesday Feb 28, 2023

Tuesday Feb 28, 2023

Join our host Michael to talk about independence!
This month, Martin talks to Simon about supported living and Dorothy about the Sunnybank Trust. How do different living arrangements and charities help us gain our independence?
Also, Jane tells us how she encouraged her daughter to become independent, and Tash talks to her parents about the journey from school to adulthood.
Surrey Choices - Every Life, Every Chance - Surrey Choices
Home | Sunnybank Trust 
Sunny Sessions | Sunnybank Trust 
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Music by: Coma-Media | Pixabay


Tuesday Jan 31, 2023

Tuesday Jan 31, 2023

Happy New Year!
Today we're talking about inclusivity, which is one of Surrey Choices' core values. We talk to Ross about feeling included at work, Jordan and Rob about the LGBT community, and Lucy and Chantelle about inclusive language.
We also hear from vocational team staff about how they put inclusivity into practice in their jobs, and special guest Daniel from the Royal Association for Deaf People.
YouTube link to RAD conversation with subtitles:
Daniel - Royal Association for Deaf People - YouTube
Home - Royal Association for Deaf people (
Twister for LGBT: Support for young people who are LGBT+ - Surrey County Council (
Autism Speaks:​​
Ambitious about Autism:​​
The Aspie World:​
Music by: Coma-Media | Pixabay

Thursday Dec 22, 2022

Join a group of guest hosts for this Christmas episode of Surrey Voices!
This episode has an interview with Lisa Curtis from the Ann Craft Trust about safeguarding and Disability History Month, some conversations with the speakers at our Choices Together event, and some Christmas catch-ups with a few people who have been on the podcast this year.
[10:42] Choices Together speaker Amanda from Surrey County Council  
Advocacy, self-advocacy, and money-saving tips during the winter.
Health and welfare support - Surrey County Council (
[18:01] Interview with Lisa Curtis from Ann Craft Trust about safeguarding and Disability History Month
Ann Craft Trust: Safeguarding Adults and Young People at Risk
[35:20] Choices Together speakers from NHS
Annual health checks
Reasonable adjustments
Making reasonable adjustments - YouTube
[44:53 ] Choices Together speaker Cheryl from Travel Choices
Planning your travels
Helping hand cards 
Helping Hand assistance card - Brighton & Hove Buses
Music by: Coma-Media | Pixabay

Friday Nov 25, 2022

After many episodes exploring the issues that people with disabilities and sensory needs face, this month we are switching the focus to the carers to coincide with Carers Rights Day 2022.
We ask: who do we mean when we talk about carers? What challenges do they face? What are they entitled to and who is there to help? How did they feel about being clapped for during the pandemic?
Also, find out why our colleague is swimming 1000 lengths for Action for Carers, get an insight on working in social care, and discover what it takes to be an award-winning Shared Lives carer.
Action for Carers | Supporting carers of all ages across Surrey
Surrey Choices is fundraising for Action for Carers (Surrey) (
Freewheelers Theatre: an inclusive theatre company - Surrey
Music by: Coma-Media | Pixabay

Cerebral Palsy

Friday Oct 28, 2022

Friday Oct 28, 2022

October 6th was World Cerebral Palsy Day, so we invited Dan to host a show about cerebral palsy. With conversations with Richard Luke from Scope and members of the Surrey Choices community, Dan is here to help you better understand CP and share the experiences and opinions of those who have it. 
For comments or questions or to get involved, email
Tromp Entertainment 
Surrey Choices - Every Life, Every Chance - Surrey Choices 
Home | Disability charity Scope UK 
Let's Talk Showbiz with DJ Dan 21.10 by Choices Waves | Mixcloud 
The Employment and Community Support service helps customers with volunteering, work experience and employment for people with support needs ( 


Surrey Choices

We provide a range of support services to improve the independence, confidence and life skills of people with a range of disabilities and support needs, whatever their age, in their local community.

Surrey Choices supports disabled people, autistic people, those with sensory needs, those with mental health problems and older people. Our objective is to allow every person the chance to fulfil their potential and reach their goals, through enjoying, learning and achieving.

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