August 1st, 2016
Episode 646 of 829 episodes
We hear the first in a series of features about the reality of day to day life for women, mother and child migrants, and refugees living in the 'jungle' camp in Calais. Reporter Catherine Carr visits one accommodation centre for women and children funded by the French government, a food distribution point and a health centre. With the start of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival later this week, we talk to Sofie Hagen, winner of Best Newcomer a year ago for her show 'Bubblewrap'. What's it like being a stand-up comedian when you're an introvert? Novelist Emma Claire Sweeney talks about her first novel, inspired by her sister who has cerebral palsy and autism. What does the research she did for the book Owl Song at Dawn tell her about how attitudes to disability have changed over time? Sure Start was a flagship policy of the 1997 Labour government, aimed at improving outcomes for children and their families with the focus on those in greatest need. With budgets reduced and local authorities restructuring their services in recent years what does the future look like for early-years services? Naomi Eisenstadt, the first director of the Sure Start programme, gives her assessment of its impact and future. Presenter: Nikki Bedi Producer: Anne Peacock.