A group of students on the Phoenix Purple course at City College Norwich have taken part in BBC Voices, sharing stories about their lives and learning more about the art of radio interviewing in the process.
BBC Radio Norfolk’s Jay Lawrence and Nanette Aldous joined the students for a lunchtime chat. The topics of conversation included funny and unusual stories about the students’ pets, with tales of a much-loved one-eyed chicken, poorly Clownfish at Christmas, and an overweight cat called Tony.
The students also got to learn about the process of putting together a radio interview. They were given the opportunity to take control of the mic and put their own questions to Jay, who first joined the BBC as a volunteer with the BBC Voices project.
Jay, who presents BBC Radio Norfolk’s The Social every Wednesday evening, fielded questions about his hobbies, the people he admires, and his favourite types of food.
We learned that Liverpool supporter Jay would be made up if his footballing idol, Steven Gerrard, popped round for a few games of Fifa 19 on the PS4, with a spot of Mexican food thrown in.
Communication and social skills form a key part of the Phoenix Purple course, which has been has been specifically designed to meet the needs of students with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.