Four young people have been recognised by Herefordshire Council for their part in creating the award winning ‘Health Uncovered’ podcast series

The achievements of four young people from Herefordshire were celebrated in a special presentation ceremony held on the 19 December at the Herefordshire Council offices at Plough Lane.

Phoebe, Karey, Jordan and James were presented with a framed certificate by Councillor Elissa Swinglehurst, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, in recognition of their contribution towards an award winning ‘Health Uncovered’ podcast series. 

The podcasts, hosted by BBC TV and radio personality Cel Spellman, covered a range of different topics that affect young people, from sexual health, bullying and grooming to substance misuse, mental health and the pressure of social media.

The four young people took part in recording the fifth podcast in the series, entitled ‘Mental health: Are you okay?’ which provided them with the opportunity to talk openly and honestly about their personal experiences with their own mental health.

The series proved to be a huge hit, resulting in it being a finalist in the ’Best Podcast’ category at the national Arias awards for the UK's audio and radio industry held in October in Leeds.  The nomination saw the podcast series compete with the likes of celebrity Radio Presenter, Fearne Cotton and four other well-known broadcasters from across the UK.  The team walked away with silver as runners up, narrowly being pipped to the post by ‘Griefcast’ hosted by Cariad Lloyd.

Four Herefordshire young people recognised for their contributions towards an award winning podcast


Councillor Elissa Swinglehurst, Cabinet Member for Children and Families said: “I was delighted to invite Phoebe, Karey, Jordan and James to the council offices at Plough Lane and present them with a certificate in recognition of their contribution towards this important podcast series. 

“The Herefordshire team were involved in the podcast that focused on the topic of mental health. Phoebe, Karey, Jordan and James were able to use their own personal experiences to hopefully provide other young people who are experiencing similar issues with a valuable source of advice and reassurance.”

Since the series was released in November 2017, they have proved to be a huge hit with the public, resulting in over 17,000 downloads in 6 months.

To download any of the ten free podcasts, visit the Apple iTunes or Stitcher Android app stores and search ‘Health Uncovered’.  The series is also available on Twitter @HealthUncovNHS and Instagram @healthuncovered.

Published: Tuesday, 8th January 2019