The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all to make significant adaptations to our lives. Few have escaped significant and sudden changes to their work life or leisure time, and many organisations have needed to adapt ways their of working and explore new avenues of delivery to fulfil their aims. This has been true of many organisations who work to support the Naval community, including the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and its delivery partners.
With social distancing measures rendering their veteran workshops no longer viable, Portsmouth based social enterprise, Company of Makers, had to consider how they would continue to engage their audience and keep up the morale of their beneficiaries. Looking to the digital space, one of the ways that they are doing this is through the development of a podcast. Working with the RNRMC to adapt funding that was originally provided for spring workshops, Company of Makers were able to purchase equipment that allows them to produce to a high-quality podcast series, under the name, ‘Lockdown’. The text below explains what this podcast is all about:
‘Our Armed Forces operate in challenging environments. For them, separation from loved ones, dealing with sudden change and uncertainty is part of the day job. They are trained to ‘adapt and overcome’ in the most extreme conditions. So, what can we learn from their experiences? Week-by-week, we’ll explore the Lockdown with people who have Served in the Armed Forces and the organisations helping those in need within the military community.’
Two episodes in, ‘Lockdown’ has featured an interview with Stephen Morgan MP, Shadow Minister for the Armed Forces and a conversation with RNRMC CEO, Adrian Bell. Listen via the link below as Adrian discusses his service career, the RNRMC and how the Charity are supporting the RN/RM community through the COVID crisis. He also speaks passionately about his personal experience with missing his family, something that I’m sure many can relate to now more than ever.
‘Lockdown’ is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and other leading podcast platforms.