Authentic Voice Podcast Series

While the Authentic Voice project is rooted in VAWG work we believe that these themes and questions are relevant for anyone seeking to embed lived experience work across all sectors and policy areas. Themes include: health, criminal justice, children, young people & families, education, employability and community learning.

You may hear the term survivor, lived experience and expert by experience to describe those who have first-hand experience of gender-based violence and trauma. The terms professional or expert by profession may be used to describe those who have learned more about the effect of these experiences through their work.  We encourage everyone to choose the language which best suits their experience and viewpoint. We also want to highlight that some people may identify with both expert by experience and expert by profession.

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Episode 4

The latest episode of the Authentic Voice podcast features Gordon Main from Our Hearings, Our Voice, Lisa O‚ÄôLeary & Gary Brown both from the National Leadership Network and Jacqui Dunbar whose background is children’s rights and participation. ¬†The are all joined by our host Shumela Ahmed from Resilience Learning Partnership and in this episode the…

Episode 3

We would like to welcome guests Karyn McCluskey, Chief Executive of Community Justice Scotland and Emma Wilson, Director of Operations Apex Scotland to the third instalment of the Authentic Voice podcast. ¬†They are joined as always by Shumela from Resilience Learning Partnership. ¬†The theme for this episode is criminal justice.  

Episode 2

In the second episode we welcome two guests alongside Shumela Ahmed to discuss the topic of Health.  Jennie Young is the Psychological Therapies Team Lead at NHS Forth Valley and Hazel Somerville is Gender-Based Violence Lead at NHS Forth Valley.

Episode 1

In this first episode the 3 partners of the Authentic Voice project introduce themselves and describe what role each partner will have within the project.