Championing the chat

The Wellbeing Project

by @ThePodbarber

We’re ‘Championing the Chat’ for greater positivity and better mental health. The Wellbeing Project by The PodBarber is part of the current movement to get people to talk. It was founded and is run by Mick Phipps and Howie Fiddy, who have gained much training and experience through the likes of Samaritans, MHFA, and Lions Collective. We’ve remastered our collective skills to create an inspiring show that helps uncover the power of conversation as the bedrock for healing within.

The world of health and beauty is at the forefront of this movement. As a barber of some 20+ years, Mickey brings the therapy and positivity he provides around his chair into the studio to showcase how we can support society simply by talking and listening. With each podcast meticulously created by seasoned radio producer Howie, we provide a unique listening experience that will get under your skin. Guests from every walk of life share their stories; their tribulations and their triumphs, peppered with deep and insightful reflections and observations from our host, not to mention a few laughs and smiles along the way.

Here at The PodBarber HQ, when we’re trying to describe the potency of this new form of reality entertainment, with the Wellbeing Project, all we say is:
Just Listen! You’ll be glad you did.

A man tortured by his girlfriend – Stockholm Syndrome. With Stephen ‘Bez’ Berry.

Stephen ‘Bez’ Berry is a loved and respected Search Team Commander from The Royal Engineers. He also represents the regiment as a bare-knuckle fighter. So, he’s no softy, no fool. His story will therefore surprise and confuse many listeners.

Millions will die. Do you want to help save them? Climate Change With Edward Gildea.

Stephen ‘Bez’ Berry is a loved and respected Search Team Commander from The Royal Engineers. He also represents the regiment as a bare-knuckle fighter. So, he’s no softy, no fool. His story will therefore surprise and confuse many listeners.

Prostate Cancer, the silent killer. With Errol McKellor

Prostate Cancer: the silent killer. Men, you need to get checked regularly, because you might not know you have it until it’s too late.

Abandoned infant, fell into drug world, now changing lives of other addicts. With Dave Minet

Meet Dave Minet. Abandoned as an infant into the care system in the 1960s, he suffered racism, he never felt love, and his constant fear drove him to drink, hard drugs and the hooliganism that gave him purpose and thrill.

Harb Binli, Star Wars X-wing fighter pilot on life in the movie world, and beyond. With Ben Hartley.

Benjamin Hartley a.k.a Harb Binli from Star Wars film Rogue One flies into the studio to regale us with utterly captivating stories of his life as a Royal Navy helicopter pilot turned X-wing fighter pilot in the Galactic Civil War.

Breast removal BEFORE cancer hits. BRCA pre-viving. With Christen Williams.

This episode’s guest is social worker and breast cancer survivor, Christen Williams. Except she didn’t survive; she PREvived. Christen lost her mother to this cruel disease, and so inheriting the rare, mutated BRCA gene she opted for a double mastectomy to dramatically reduce the chance of getting breast cancer herself.

Former Royal Marine Commando on losing friends, losing mind, then gaining a new life. With Mark Lovell.

Today’s guest is Mark Lovell, the former Royal Marine Commando who fought heavy battles in the Afghanistan war, witnessing the death of friends throughout.

Love Island contestant proves there’s more to a book than its cover. With George Rains.

Season 3 of The PodBarber’s Wellbeing Project kicks off with our favourite ASOS model and Love Island contestant, George Rains.

Specialist solutions for eating disorders – do YOU need help?

In this final episode of Season 2 we host special guest Harriet Frew, BACP accredited counsellor specialising in supporting people with eating disorders and body image.

The PodBarber on BBC Radio Essex

Mick and Howie – host and producer respectively – had their second stint on BBC Essex (October 2021) and we thank host Ian Wyatt for having us on his ‘stand-in’ show for Rob Jelly.

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About The PodBarber

The Wellbieng Project by The PodBarber brings you a new format of reality entertainment, centred around helping men to speak up. We hear people talk about the everyday issues and traumas which we all have to navigate. All of our guests are relatable and natural, and they share what helps them in their own lives. We help to build a stronger awareness inwardly and speak to a wider audience about our mental health.

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Meet The Hosts

Two men, well experienced in talking. And listening.
As a barber, Mick uses his wealth of experience from the thousands of chats in his barber shop to interact beautifully with our studio guests.
Howie has spent his whole life in radio – recording, producing and presenting. You’ll hear his voice occasionally on the PodBarber, but he mainly produces the shows.
Both are trained listeners, not to mention a jolly good laugh!

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If you want to get in touch with The Wellbeing Project – Just message either Micky or Howie on Social Media, email us or call, just drop us a line here and we will get back to you as soon as possible, or just click the messenger button below… Championing the chat!

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The Wellbeing Project is funding its Podcast

Hey there. Thanks for supporting The Wellbeing Project bringing positive vibes to everyone from all walks of life. A small donation of just £1.00 will fund around 5 minutes of a PodBarber podcast. For the price of a coffee (£3 in all respectable coffee shops) you could help us make a full 15 minutes! Every drop counts.

Big love from Mickey and Howie x