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Wales Centre for Public Policy

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Welcome to PEP Talk - a podcast from the Wales Centre for Public Policy where we talk about policy, evidence and practice in Wales.

Each episode we’ll tackle a challenge facing those of us who work across public policy in Wales, looking at the scale of the issue and what the evidence says about how we should go about tackling it.
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Episode 13: Poverty and Mental Health

Wales Centre for Public Policy Sep 28, 2022

PEP Talk Ep 14 - Loneliness, Older People and Technology

PEP Talk Ep 14 - Loneliness, Older People and Technology

Lessons from the pandemic to help this sector of society which is particularly affected by loneliness. Join WCPP's Josh Coles-Riley, lead author of Older adults and the pandemic: tackling loneliness through technology - Professor Julie Barnett of Bath University and special guests John Gallander and Carol Barrett

Jun 14, 202345:54
Episode 13: Poverty and Mental Health

Episode 13: Poverty and Mental Health

In this edition of PEP Talk Anna Skeels talks to Emma Gooding, Mike Theodoulou, and Marcel Vige about poverty in Wales, and the negative effect it can have on mental health. 

You can read our work on poverty on our website: 


Emma Gooding - Policy and Communications Manager, Samaritans. Samaritans is a charity dedicated to reducing feelings of isolation and disconnection that can lead to suicide.

Mike Theodoulou - Chief Executive, Foothold Cymru. Foothold Cymru is a community-based charity working to reduce poverty and helping people exercise their own strengths and skills to achieve lasting change.

Marcel Vige - Head of Equalities Improvement, Mind. Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

Sep 28, 202236:55
Episode 12: Supporting Lifelong Learning in Wales
Aug 10, 202201:11:52
Episode 11: Reform of Electoral Law
Jun 07, 202248:20
Episode 10: Education recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic
Sep 06, 202130:32
Episode 9: Rural Wales Vision
Jun 30, 202138:53
Episode 8: Improving race equality in Wales

Episode 8: Improving race equality in Wales

In this remotely recorded edition of PEP Talk Manon Roberts talks to Professor Charlotte Williams and Professor Emmanuel Ogbonna about the nature and scale of racial inequality in Wales, with a focus on education and health and social care, and offer insight into the ways in which the Welsh Government could seek to respond, particularly with their forthcoming Race Equality Action Plan.

You can read our work on race in equality on our website:

Professor Charlotte Williams OBE -  Honorary Professor at Bangor University and Chair of the ‘Communities, contributions and cynefin: BAME experiences and the new curriculum’ working group.

Professor Emmanuel Ogbonna - Professor of Management and Organisation at Cardiff Business School and Chair of the First Minister’s BAME COVID-19 Socioeconomic Subgroup. 

May 25, 202150:11
Episode 7: Post-Brexit Migration and Wales
Jan 15, 202147:53
Episode 6: Tackling loneliness in and out of lockdown - the role of good communication
Oct 09, 202034:00
Episode 5: Tackling Loneliness and Social Isolation during Lockdown
May 29, 202022:38
Episode 4: The Value of Trade Unions in Wales
Jan 22, 202023:59
Episode 3: Gender Equality
Oct 24, 201935:55
Episode 2: Council Tax and Vulnerable Debtors
Sep 18, 201951:49
Episode 1: Youth Homelessness

Episode 1: Youth Homelessness

This episode we look at the issue of youth homelessness. We ask how youth homelessness is defined, what the situation is here in Wales, what's being done to tackle the issue, and what further steps need to be taken to eradicate it completely. You can read more about our work on youth homelessness by visiting


Frances Beecher - Chief Executive Officer of Llamau

Jonathan Webb - Former Research Officer at the Wales Centre for Public Policy

Kaitlin Schwan – Senior Researcher at the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, based at York University

The episode also includes a pre-recorded interview with independent housing researcher, Tamsin Stirling, who we asked about how well local authorities across Wales are working to get to grips with youth homelessness in their communities

Additional information:

If you, or anyone you know, is affected by youth homelessness you can call the Youth Homeless Helpline on 0800 3280292. It provides vital out-of-hours support for young people who find themselves without a safe place to spend the night. It is open through the night and on weekends.

*This episode of PEP talk was recorded in November 2018, before the change of government, and new First Minister of Wales.*

Jul 26, 201947:46
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Jul 09, 201900:45