Tuesday 20 June, 2017

This week, we turn our attentions towards Airbnb. As we approach the summer holiday period, many people will be searching for cost-effective accommodation, and Airbnb is a great option. But what are the downsides to Airbnb? There has been much talk about its negative effects on local economies. How serious is the threat? Is Airbnb driving up costs in the private rental market?

We will be joined once again by Victoria Bettany, Senior Researcher at the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES). Having carried out research in this area, Victoria will be on hand to discuss these issues with us.

We often feature local artists on Divas up North, and this week we will be hearing about a Wigan-based singing group – with a twist. The Wigan Warblers is a not-for-profit organisation, which brings together people with breathing difficulties and other long-term health problems, including heart issues. Run by Natasha Liddle and her mother, Carol, the group provides instruction in singing and breathing exercises. Natasha is a fully-qualified Singing for Breathing leader, and has been trained by the British Lung Foundation. We will be hearing more about her work with The Wigan Warblers.

If you wish to join a similar group, you can find details of a group near you on the British Lung Foundation’s website, here.

The Wigan Warblers meet on Tuesdays from 12-2pm, at Douglas Bank, Woodhouse Lane, Wigan, WN6 7NF. For more information you can contact Natasha by email or by calling 07814 205 865.

We often talk about gender equality in sport, but what do we mean when we talk about democracy in sport? We will be hearing from Beth Wiltshire of The Democratic Society about what democratic organised sport looks like. This is a really interesting topic that is not often widely debated, so definitely tune in to learn more.

Ever heard the expression “dance like nobody’s watching”? Our final guest this week has taken this expression one step further. Sue Hale runs Dancing in the Dark, a weekly casual free-form dance session – in the dark – for the pure joy of dancing! The idea is to dance as wildly or as tamely as you like in a friendly,  non-threatening, drug and alcohol-free atmosphere. Sue will be telling us where the inspiration came from for this group, and exactly what happens at one of the dancing sessions.

If you want to experience Dancing in the Dark for yourself, it takes place every Wednesday night from 7-8pm at the Chorlton Irish Club.





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