Current News, On the journey

On The Radio

Sandra Pollock BBC Radio Leicester

I hadn’t quite realised it until recently, but I’ve been doing some regular radio programmes on the BBC for more than two years now.

You know what it’s like when you get asked to do something.  Something you’ve always wanted to do and in all your excitement, you just jump right in and before you know it, so much time has gone by?  Well, that’s me and the radio thing.

I love any kind of public communication; you know, talking to lots of people live.  I prefer to do live over doing prerecordings. Live seems to work better for me.  Maybe because I have to think on my feet.  Too much planning beforehand and I lose the plot. 

More than two years ago I was asked by a local radio hero of mine, Herdle White if I’d be interested in getting trained up to cover his radio show when he was off.  I jumped at the opportunity.  Then through much practice, huge amounts of stress and frustration (including tears at times); learnt how to use two different desks, numerous buttons and levers, timings and timescales, news, & weather intros, not to mention research and logging for hundreds of songs to play, I got some opportunities to cover at first and then, six months ago, to do a weekly radio show on BBC Radio Leicester.

This has been a journey of many highs and lows. Much of which I won’t go into now, but I’m pleased to say that I have and am still doing one of the things of 101 list of things I want to do.  A radio show.  Well, doing one on the BBC is an amazing bonus. 

I am so grateful to Herdle White and everyone else who has helped, supported and encouraged me along the way.  Due to programming changes, I won’t be presenting the African and Caribbean show for much longer.  The station’s objective now is to create something new and different for a younger audience. This was the plan when I was asked to ‘hold’ the show’s slot until they [the senior managers] had figured out how and what they were going to do next.  It will certainly be bittersweet to leave in a couple weeks, but it has been a wonderful experience and a great opportunity.  And I hope that I have served my community well during this time. 

Okay, truth be told.  The photo I’ve used here is one I don’t like at all.  It was taken at the Beeb to use for the show and we never got around to changing it.  I’m forcing myself to like it by using it here, but I’m not sure that’s working.  LOL!

What’s something you have on your list of things you’d like to do or achieve in your lifetime.  Have you done it yet?  Tell me about it. What was the experience like?



I’ve listed below some links to some of the programmes I’ve presented.  Hope you enjoy listening.  

15/05/2019 The African and Caribbean Show News and views from Leicestershire’s African and Caribbean community with Sandra Pollock.

08/05/2019 The African and Caribbean Show News and views from Leicestershire’s African and Caribbean community with Sandra Pollock.

24/04/2019 The African and Caribbean Show News and views from Leicestershire’s African and Caribbean community with Sandra Pollock.

17/04/2019 The African and Caribbean Show News and views from Leicestershire’s African and Caribbean community with Sandra Pollock.


Business, Current News, Dealing with the issues

Politicians in Leicester City – Very Disappointing

I’ve spent quite a bit of my time recently in particular and certainly over many years, working and supporting individuals, groups and start-up businesses in the local community.

Over recent months I have been working with a local community centre, through the development of a social enterprise, to support the local government’s political strategy and policy to get youth and the unemployed into work.  We have been able to run a number of projects, offer work placement and voluntary placements and have even invested our own money to make this happen.  We are slowly but surely moving progressively forward.

I have written to number of MP’s who are responsible for the areas we are trying to support and from which the main number of our people come: the Highfield, St. Peters, Spinney Hills areas of Leicester, to ask at the very least for a visit, just to show give some encouragement to the community.

I have written MP Joh Ashworth, Councillor Sarah Russell has responsibility for neighbourhood services, and even Rory Palmer, Deputy Lord Mayor.

I have not even received an acknowledgement.

Why might this lack of interest be?  I ask myself.  Is even an acknowledge response too much to ask?

It is very disappointing that MPs of the City of Leicester have not time for anyone helping in their local area.

I have heard people say that the cities MP’s are only interested in those who have money and come from communities with large enough numbers to influence the vote.  I have only seen this as negativity in the past – I did not believe this in the past.

I think I will have to reconsider my view on this.  

The government and local MPs talk about wanting to encourage and work with business owners in support of community; reduce the unemployment levels and to help develop youth, but it appears to be only in the areas where it is to the politicians personal benefit, not to the benefit of the community or the population that really need their help.

Clearly for areas where the poor and disadvantaged reside there is not political interest.  There are good people in these areas too. Many are feeling ignored and left behind.

How very sad and disappointing. 

It is a sad indictment on the state of our nation, our communities and our political system.

Business, Current News, Dealing with the issues, On the journey, Uncategorized

An African Caribbean in the UK – A Personal View

This week Doreen Lawrence, mother of murdered Stephen Lawrence, voiced her views on the issues of racism in the UK and in particular her ongoing concerns regarding how African Caribbean people in the UK are treated.

As an African Caribbean woman, who as made good progress in my career and business, I do still feel that I have to agree with her. It is unfortunate that not enough positive stories are found in main stream media on the achievements of the African Caribbean people in the UK.

I agree that in the main there is still a requirement for African Caribbean people to be  twice or three times better than their white counterparts in their chosen field.

Even as National Chair of Women in Management (WiM), an organisations which is part of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), I have found myself having to battle issues, attitudes and even racism within this organisation (CMI) on issues that relate to basic management and leadership.

Having raised issues of concern, with ample examples and supporting confirmations from others, it was me personally who was questioned; my credibility questioned; my right to even raise an issue was questioned; subtle threats were made to persuade me to drop complaints of mismanagement and racism. There was a blatant refusal to show any gratitude when findings showed that to raise those concerns what correct in the best interest of the organisation.  I still have not received an apology for the manner in which I was treated.

I also have no doubt that were these issues raised by one of my white counterparts the response would have been less adversarial. I would also add that I am sure there were gender issues tied up in the response as well, but we’ll leave that for another discussion. My appointment and tenure has received no public recognition by the organisation where as previous National WiM Chairs have.

This is only one personal example. There are many others that I can share from my own experience, as I am sure many others from non white ethnicities can as well. It does seem to be more racially problematic for those from African Caribbean heritage.

I pray for the day that we will truly be able to say that we treat people on the basis of their ability, strengths, experience and contribution solely and not on the colour of their skins only.

Just as we waste the skills and talents of 50% the Nation when we ignore or refuse to employ and develop women just because they are not men.  We disadvantage the whole Nation when we disregard people of colour, and in particular people from the African Caribbean communities just because of their ethnicity and colour.

We (the African Caribbean people) have contributed vastly to the UK through culture, art and economy.  A report by the DTI in 1997 stated that the number of small Ethnic Minority Business was around 3.7m and their proportional contribution to GDP was around 39.5%.

Now I know that these figures are likely to have changed by now and that these are made up of more than people from the African Caribbean Community, but my point is that this information is hardly ever shared widely.  There is no recognition for the fact that there are thousands of African Caribbean people working hard to build this Country. Albeit they are working just as hard as many other cultural groups, however, all that we regularly see and hear reported in main stream media are the minority who are less than law-abiding.

This continual negative reporting, bolsters the inaccurate opinion of those who would prefer to believe that the African Caribbean community is no good and have nothing to offer. But even when they do offer something good, as many of us do, it is taken over by others who then claim the glory for themselves.

It is such a shame that we do not yet have in the UK a political party who is prepared to be honest about all of the peoples of this nation or prepared to speak truthfully about the state of racism in this country.

We are not where we could be.  We have made some progress. More African Caribbean people are fighting the trend, pushing ahead and not being afraid to shout about what they believe and what they have and can accomplish in their chosen fields and it is making a difference, but far too slowly, and this is because those who are in positions of authority, be it in government or at the head of organisations, refuse to be honest, truthful or brave enough to do what’s right.

To read what Doreen Lawrence had to say use this link to the BBC News story

Business, Current News

Insurance Company – Spiralling Whiplash Claims

Finally, an admission in the news today that insurers, solicitors and claims management companies have themselves driven up the cost of car insurance premiums, through selling or passing on the personal information of those involved in accidents and encouraging people caught up in road accidents who have no need to do so to claim.

And all to put more money from the car insurance payer, in their own pockets.  It is worse because insurance is compulsory, you do not legally have a choice.  Not that I object to insurance being legal itself.

It’s interesting though to note that it takes a committee to tell us what we all already know, and have done for quite a few years now.  Never-the-less, I would agree that this official confirmation is good.  The  problem remains though that even with this evidence it takes far too long before any thing is done about it happening; and NEVER before we hardworking individuals, who have been paying far too much for far too long, to get  see a reduction in our insurance premiums.

It would seem that yet again only big business has any power or teeth in the UK.  They are allowed to continue to defraud the customer without the customer being able to obtain redress.  Oh well this is Britain – what a shame.  Another chance to make a positive and immediate impact squandered.  The law should be changed and with immediate affect.