A NEW podcast aimed at exploring some of the main issues facing Coventry is set to be launched.
Aaron Ashmore – owner of local business Etch and Pin – has teamed up with the city council for The Cov Pod.
As well as looking at issues, such as rough sleeping, climate change and the city centre development, it will also dispel long-standing myths and raise awareness of the good work going on locally.
Twice-monthly episodes will feature notable people from Coventry, discussing their relationship with the city and what they hope to see in the future.
Aaron, 37, said: “Podcasts are an ever-growing medium and I am delighted to be collaborating with the Council by covering some of the themes affecting the people of the city.
“Both the council and I agree that the podcast should feature both the good in the city plus the areas that could be improved.
“This will be an opportunity for listeners to find out more about why decisions are made locally and the effect on those impacted by them.”
To time with World Homeless Day, the first episode takes a look at homelessness and rough sleeping with interviews with Coventry City Council’s housing representatives, Louise from The ARC – a drug and alcohol outreach support who support people to achieve a better quality of life – and a chat with John who has a history of rough-sleeping in the city who now has permanent housing.
Coun David Welsh, whose cabinet portfolio covers housing and homelessness, is one of those interviewed on the first episode of The Cov Pod.
He said: “We have made significant strides in recent years in tackling homelessness, but we know that there is still a lot more to do.
“What has been achieved has been made possible through strong partnership working as this is not something we can tackle on our own, and that strength comes out through the podcast.
“It is a great way of telling that story and I hope people will listen in in order to have a greater understanding on the challenges we face as a city and what we are trying to do to tackle it.”
Visit www.thecovpod.co.uk to hear the first episode of the podcast and subscribe to future episodes.