Alone Together has been with you since the start of the coronavirus outbreak. Amongst all the fear, doom and gloom that has surrounded Covid-19, we’ve been here to bring you the positive stories of our local heroes doing their bit to help keep our communities going. We have also brought you fact-filled interviews with experts offering tips, advice and answers to your FAQs about the pandemic. The podcast continues to follow the coronavirus story closely, as we learn to adapt to a ‘new normal’ in life after lockdown. Join Matt, Morven, and Dan as they speak to inspirational and educational figures across the UK, finding the positive, community stories coming out of a dark time. Stay safe, stay positive, stay informed and stay tuned to the Alone Together podcast. Alone Together is a Laudable production from the newsrooms of Birmingham Live, the Edinburgh Evening News, and the Manchester Evening News. It is presented and produced by Morven McIntyre, Dan McLaughlin, and Matt Millard, and it is edited by Matt Millard.
Parenting and the return to school
Many parents have had to juggle the responsibilities of work with home-schooling during the Covid-19 pandemic. With lockdown restrictions easing, the pressure could soon be taken off them. Some schools have seen some children return already, whilst the majority of kids are expected to attend from September. On this episode, we get different parenting perspectives of children returning to school after the summer holidays. Lemon-Aid newsletter founder Lynda Moyo and WorkingMamas.com co-founder Shelina Begum join Matt Millard to chat about the positives and negatives of parenting under the coronavirus restrictions, and how parents really feel about sending their children back to school. Alone Together's Dan McLaughlin also speaks with EDS Foundation’s Samantha Smith about her experience shielding with her children during lockdown - and why she is reluctant for kids to return to the classrooms in September. Alone Together is a Laudable production from the newsrooms of the Manchester Evening News, the Edinburgh Evening News, and Birmingham Live. It is presented by Morven McIntyre, Matt Millard and Dan McLaughlin, and it is edited by Matt Millard.
Technology during the Covid-19 pandemic
The Covid-19 pandemic has seen a shift in communication moving online with technology playing a big role in staying connected with one another. And in this episode, the Alone Together team looks at its role during the lockdown - for good and for bad. Will Guyatt, LBC's tech correspondent, chats to Morven McIntyre about the latest tech trends - and what's here to stay after the pandemic. Psychotherapist and counsellor Maya Tomse discusses the impact of technology on our mental health, especially during the lockdown. She also talks about 'phone phobia', and how to overcome it. And in the first of our 'Local Heroes' segment, Matt Millard speaks to Karen Creavin, chief executive of the Active Wellbeing Society, about their #BrumTogether campaign. Alone Together is a Laudable production from the newsrooms of the Manchester Evening News, the Edinburgh Evening News, and Birmingham Live. It is presented by Morven McIntyre, Matt Millard and Dan McLaughlin, and it is edited by Matt Millard.
Dating and Relationships During A Pandemic
The Alone Together podcast is back for a second series, and in this bumper opening episode, Matt Millard and Dan McLaughlin explore the world of dating and relationships during the Covid-19 pandemic. Rachael Lloyd, relationship expert at eHarmony, chats to Dan about how the lockdown has affected the way we date - and why you should keep persevering to find love through online dating. Relate's Dee Holmes discusses the findings of the 'Relationships in Lockdown' report – published by the counselling service and eHarmony – as well as offering tips for couples and those in 'turbo-relationships'. Alone Together's Morven McIntyre also speaks to Natasha Frew about her experience of moving in with her boyfriend's family during lockdown. Alone Together is a Laudable production from the newsrooms of the Manchester Evening News, the Edinburgh Evening News, and Birmingham Live. It is presented by Morven McIntyre, Matt Millard and Dan McLaughlin, and it is edited by Matt Millard.
Alone Together Series Two - Coming Soon
In this new series of Alone Together, hosts Morven McIntyre, Dan McLaughlin and Matt Millard will be following the Coronavirus story closely, as we learn to adapt to a ‘new normal’ and slowly come out of the lockdown we’ve been in for these past few months. As businesses reopen their doors for the first time, schools welcome back our children and we return to the workplace, what will our new post-lockdown lives look like? Join us in this new series of Alone Together, to find out just that. Do you know of a local hero? Someone going above and beyond to help during the pandemic? Or do you have some great advice or guidance that you think our listeners should hear? Or are there any businesses or organisations that you think deserve recognition? Then get in touch with us on Twitter where we are @LaudablePods or on Instagram where we are @Laudable_Podcasts. We’d love to hear from you! Alone Together is a Laudable production, recorded from our homes in isolation, brought to you by the newsrooms of The Manchester Evening News, The Edinburgh Evening News and Birmingham Live. Stay safe, stay positive, stay informed and stay tuned. Alone Together series two - Coming Soon. Alone Together is hosted and written by Morven McIntyre, Dan McLaughlin and Matt Millard. Produced and edited by Matt Millard.
Staying Protected In The Workplace
As the coronavirus restrictions start to ease, more people are returning to work - but for many, going back to the office can be a daunting prospect. The latest episode of Alone Together - A Coronavirus Podcast looks ahead to life after lockdown, and how we can stay protected in the workplace. Alone Together’s Dan McLaughlin speaks to Professor Martie van Tongeren from the University of Manchester about the importance of occupational health and how employers should “redesign their work” to protect workers. This episode also marks the end of the first series, bringing together Laudable podcast producers Matt Millard, Morven McIntyre and Dan. Matt, Morven, and Dan look back at the amazing people who have been doing their bits to keep their local communities going. They also thank the experts who have shared tips on how to get on with our everyday lives in lockdown. Alone Together will return for a second series after a short break, centred around on how we are adapting to a new way of life and how this time period will have long term impacts on society. Presented by Dan McLaughlin, Matt Millard, and Morven McIntyre, and edited by Matt Millard.
Sleeping During The Pandemic
The coronavirus has caused disruption in many parts of our lives and sleep is no exception. Many of us are now struggling to fall asleep, have disrupted sleeping patterns or have experienced lucid dreaming. On this week’s episode, we discuss the topic of sleep - and how we can improve it. Dan McLaughlin speaks to Professor Mark Blagrove from Swansea University’s Sleep Laboratory about why we may be experiencing vivid dreams in the lockdown. He discusses his research into dreaming, and explains why sharing is caring. And Morven McIntyre chats to Dr Megan Crawford from the Sleep Research Unit at the University of Strathclyde about her research in insomnia - and tips on how to tackle it. Alone Together is presented by Dan McLaughlin, Morven McIntyre and Matt Millard. Edited by Matt Millard.
Protecting The Vulnerable
The lockdown is a difficult time for us all, but it is particularly tough for the vulnerable in our communities. The latest episode of Alone Together - A Coronavirus Podcast looks at the organisations that are helping those who require extra support in isolation. Age Concern, a Lancashire-based charity that specialises in dementia services, is “going above and beyond” to look after the elderly in the lockdown. Alone Together’s Matt Millard speaks to Abby Waylett from the charity about the help they provide - whether that’s free shopping services, food parcels, or simply offering a friendly voice at the end of the phone. Miranda Wardley, a support worker from Hillcrest Futures in Scotland, also discusses their important work to help people with physical and learning disabilities, as well as those who experience the hardships of homelessness and addiction. She tells Morven McIntyre, that the community has offered “amazing” and “endless support”. Miranda also praises the “extremely understanding” medical professionals and “unreal” food banks. Alone Together is a Laudable production. Hosted by Dan McLaughlin, Morven McIntyre & Matt Millard. Edited by Matt Millard.
How Religious Communities Are Embracing Technology During The Lockdown
In the latest episode of Alone Together - A Coronavirus Podcast, you’ll hear about how religious communities are staying connected during lockdown, through embracing technology. Join Laudable podcast producers Matt Millard and Morven McIntyre as they learn more about both the practising of Christain and Muslim faiths during the lockdown and how they’ve adapted now that they can no longer visit their place of worship. Alone Together’s Dan McLaughlin, speaks to Reverend Andy Salmon from Salford who is creatively keeping his church connected digitally via Zoom. And you’ll learn how the holiest month of the Muslim calendar, Ramadan, has been adapted during lockdown through the use of technology. Practising Muslim, Tanzeer Rahaman from Bolton shares his experience of fasting and reaching out to others and how technology plays a role in this. Alone Together is hosted by Morven McIntyre, Dan McLaughlin & Matt Millard. Edited by Matt Millard. If you have any comments or questions for Alone Together: a Coronavirus Podcast email firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Adapting To The New Normal
This week's episode is about how we are adapting to what is now known as the 'new normal.' More specifically, we take a look at the local businesses who thought fast, adapted quickly to our current situation and are now thriving as a result, whilst also providing vital services to the public and helping those in their local communities. Alone Together's, Matt Millard speaks to James from Wild Bx who adapted his business quickly and efficiently when lockdown restrictions were put in place, introducing local fruit and veg markets to the online marketplace in order to bring fresh local fruit and veg to the doorsteps of many across the West Midlands. Also, Morven McIntyre, finds out how a gin distillery, Oro Distilling Co. in Dalton Dumfriesshire is now making a World Health Organisation accredited hand gel for both key workers and the public. Ray Clynick, co-founder and head distiller at Origin Gin speaks about what motivated them to make the hand sanitizer. Alone Together is a Laudable Production, presented by Morven McIntyre, Dan McLaughlin & Matt Millard. Edited by Matt Millard.
Time To Enjoy Home Comforts
Other than leaving home for food, medicine, exercise or in some cases, work, we are largely stuck indoors during this lockdown. This latest episode of Alone Together - A Coronavirus Podcast offers advice on how to fill that extra time spent at home with your families. For those experimenting in the kitchen, Morven McIntyre speaks to Edinburgh-based chef Barry Bryson about resourceful ways to shop for food – and how to rustle up a dish using staple cupboard supplies. The lockdown also allows time for parents to bond with their children. Hazel Reynolds, founder of Gamely Games, suggests fun and creative ways to keep kids entertained away from their iPads and games consoles. Alone Together is presented by Dan McLaughlin, Morven McIntyre & Matt Millard. Edited by Matt Millard
A Pet Owner's Guide To The Lockdown
This episode is dedicated to pet owners' during the lockdown Alone Together’s, Dan McLaughlin and Matt Millard discuss missing companionship from furry friends during the lockdown. Dog trainer and dog behavior specialist, Trish Mahon speaks to Matt providing tips on topics from dog stress and anxiety to the best ways to train and socialise a puppy during a lockdown. Alone Together’s, Morven McIntyre speaks to vet of 30 years, Charles Williams who specialises in small animals. Charles provides regulation information from the British Vet Association on key areas including routine buying a new pet, vaccinations and emergencies. If you have any comments or questions for Alone Together: a Coronavirus Podcast email email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Alone Together is a Laudable Production, presented by Matt Millard, Dan McLaughlin and Morven McIntyre and edited by Matt Millard.
Physical & Mental Resilience
In the latest episode of Alone Together - A Coronavirus Podcast, you’ll hear from experts who share their essential self care-tips. Join Laudable podcast producers Morven McIntyre and Dan McLaughlin as they learn more about keeping up your mental and physical resilience during the lockdown. Hygiene expert Derek Watson is on the podcast to discuss his research into handwashing - and how to implement proper and thorough washing and drying into your daily routines. And for those coping on their own, solo adventurer and endurance challenger Jenny Tough offers practical advice to look after your mindfulness. sleep, diet and fitness in isolation. Alone Together - A Coronavirus Podcast is a Laudable production. Presented and produced by Dan McLaughlin, Morven McIntyre and Matt Millard, and edited by Matt Millard.
Thanks To Our NHS
In ordinary times, it is already a busy and stressful environment for health workers - but the added pressure of the coronavirus crisis is stretching their resources and resolve. In the latest episode of Alone Together, join Laudable's Matt Millard, and Morven McIntyre, podcast producer at the Edinburgh Evening News, as they pay tribute to the doctors, nurses, porters, radiologists, and all NHS workers who have shown immense dedication and courage in the face of the pandemic. Morven gets the Welsh perspective from Will Hayward, political editor at Wales Online, who discusses the pressures on the NHS, as well as touching on the positive, community stories coming out of the country. Alone Together’s Dan McLaughlin speaks to Dr Katie Rogerson, children’s doctor and co-director of the NHS Million campaign who says that the health service is “not just for Covid-19 - it’s for life”. And Matt chats to Olivia Strong about her Run for Heroes fundraising appeal. It’s simple: walk, run or cycle 5k, donate a fiver, and nominated 5 others to do the same. With an initial goal of £5,000, Run for Heroes has moved its target to a staggering £5 million - it’s not far off from reaching it. Alone Together is a Laudable production. Presented and produced by Dan McLaughlin, Morven McIntyre and Matt Millard, and edited by Matt Millard.
A Parents' Guide To The Lockdown
The coronavirus lockdown meant that things, more or less, changed overnight: parents became teachers, classrooms turned virtual, and homes transformed into schools. On this week’s episode of Alone Together, our guests offer advice for parents who need to both entertain and educate their children during the lockdown. Join Dan McLaughlin, podcast producer at the Manchester Evening News, and Morven McIntyre, podcast producer at the Edinburgh Evening News, as they help answer some of your questions: How can parents juggle their time? How can I turn my living room into a classroom? And how can I keep my kids active at home? Alone Together’s Matt Millard gathers some tips from Zoe Chamberlain, parenting editor at Birmingham Live and founder of Brummie Mommies, whilst Morven chats to teacher Mhairi Lindsay about home-schooling. Alone Together is a Laudable Production, Produced & Presented by Dan McLaughlin, Morven McIntyre and Matt Millard, edited by Matt Millard.
Kindness In Our Communities
This week we are here to share some positive stories in an episode filled with kindness. Dan McLauglin, podcast producer at Manchester Evening News and Matt Millard, podcast producer at Birmingham Live discuss Boris Johnson’s medical status after he was taken into intensive care. Sam Mcbride, the Northern Ireland Political editor for the i paper and the political editor of the Newsletter, also provides a government briefing. Matt chats to Ben George joint owner of Redbrick Property in Birmingham who offered NHS staff free housing. Community spirit can be formed anywhere- even on a cruise ship stranded in the Pacific ocean. Morven McIntyre, podcast producer at the Edinburgh Evening News chats to Terri Shanks to find out more. And finally, when the humans stay at home the goats come out to roam... well that’s certainly the case in Llandudno in Wales. Dan chats to Andrew Stewart, a video producer at the Manchester Evening News who has captured video footage of goats causing mayhem in the town.
Self Care For The Body & Mind
This episode of Alone Together aims to give you some tips and ideas on how to keep both physically and mentally well during lockdown. Morven McIntyre, podcast producer at the Edinburgh Evening News and Matt Millard, podcast producer at Birmingham Live discuss how they are keeping active with dog walks and runs. To ease some of the public's anxiety concerns, Dan McLaughlin podcast producer at the Manchester Evening News, chats to Joshua Fletcher, psychotherapist, author and podcaster. Joshua shares some tips for people who are feeling more anxious due to the lockdown. Matt brings you some information on how to keep physically in shape, chatting to Danny Peak, personal trainer and co-owner of Peak fitness hub in Birmingham. Whilst gyms across the UK were told to shut down for the health and wellbeing of the public, Danny decided to think of innovative ways to keep his gym going by setting up an online community for members.
Working Through It
Presenters Dan and Matt discuss the possibility of being in lockdown for 6 months after the government hinted that the current restrictions in the UK could last for months, rather than weeks. In this episode, we answer some of the public's most pressing financial concerns. Employment lawyer at Wilkin Chapman, Oliver Tasker, informs on the government furlough scheme and how businesses can forward plan if it doesn’t extend past 3 months. Oliver also provides advice for the self employed and how they can receive government support at this difficult time. We also chat to local hero Emma Neno based in West Sussex who has started a fundraising campaign with the hashtag #campin4cancerwise from a tent inside her house after all fundraising events were cancelled for the charity Cancerwise. Alone Together is a Laudable production, presented and produced by Matt Millard, Morven McIntyre and Dan Mclaughlin. Edited by Matt Millard.
Staying Connected In Lockdown
Morven and Dan give the lowdown on the government lockdown. New measures mean the public leaving the house for two main reasons: one piece of exercise per day or going to the shops for essential supplies. On the second episode, Matt interviews Mazzy Snape, a music creative, who has created a platform called ‘Lockdown Brum’ where creatives in Birmingham such as comedians, actors, musicians and many others can submit content for people to watch online. Dr Rachel Sutherland, an Edinburgh based doctor, gives informed answers on the public's pressing questions from how to protect vulnerable groups to discussing if children are carriers of the virus. The Scotsman health correspondent, Kevan Christie, also shares some information on the progress of the coronavirus vaccination that is being developed by a team led by Dr Kate Broderick. Alone Together is a Laudable production, presented and produced by Matt Millard, Dan McLaughlin and Morven McIntyre. Edited by Matt Millard.
Adjusting To Social Distancing
On the first episode of Alone Together, presenters Dan and Matt discuss their first virtual mother’s day and how they have adjusted to podcasting from home. To dive into your coronavirus FAQs, this week our expert is Edinburgh based pharmacist, Yaseen Yousaf of Paton and Finlay, who answers your pressing medical questions. We also chat to local hero Mathew Quinn, managing director of Future Sales, who is offering free deliveries of essential supplies within 50 miles of his home on his motorbike. Alone Together is a Laudable production presented by Dan McLaughin, Morven McIntyre & Matt Millard. Produced/Edited by Matt Millard.
Alone Together - A Coronavirus Podcast - Trailer
As the Coronavirus continues to spread across the world, so is the spread of false information, panic, fear, doom and gloom. It is a worrying time for us all. But in this podcast we’ll hear from the amazing people who are doing their bit to keep our local communities going, sharing their positive and inspiring stories during this time of unrest. We’ll also be answering your questions about the virus, hopefully putting minds at ease and shedding some light on the truths of the pandemic. Experts and journalists will be answering your pressing questions - What happens in a lockdown? Is the virus worse than the flu? How do I work from home? What happens if I’m self employed? Stay safe, stay informed and stay tuned. Alone Together is a Laudable production, presented and produced by Matt Millard, Dan McLaughlin and Morven McIntyre. Featuring journalists from Manchester Evening News, The Scotsman, Edinburgh Evening News and Birmingham Live.