The Motability Lifestyle Pod has arrived. A brand new, accessible, podcast brought to you by the team behind Motability’s award-winning Lifestyle magazine. Expect uplifting and feel-good content with lots of laughter.
The Motability Lifestyle Pod is hosted by Samantha Renke, broadcaster and disability rights campaigner, and Sophie-Marie Odum, editor of Lifestyle magazine.
They’ll be joined by an array of fabulous guests from the disability community, discussing everything from accessible travel, dating with a disability and all things lifestyle.
Plus, Lifestyle magazine’s Drive editor Matt Lizzimore shares all the essential, need-to-know car chat.
The Motability Lifestyle Pod has accessibility and inclusion at its core. Not only is it available via audio, but also via video with captions and a British Sign Language (BSL) signer. The transcript is available online too.
Samantha is excited to be involved: “At last a dream job with a dream team! I’m delighted to be co-hosting the new podcast from the powerhouse that is Motability, bringing you all the latest disability fun and frolics with The Motability Lifestyle Pod.
“I’m so happy to bring some light and wholesome content with lots of laughter and of course plenty of Samantha sass. Known for my no bars held approach I will be bringing this in full force to The Motability Lifestyle Pod as we are all about amplifying the voices of disabled people.”
As editor of Lifestyle, Sophie-Marie is responsible for delivering all the uplifting and entertaining stories in the magazine and is excited to bring even more content to the podcast. “Millions of people listen to podcasts so it’s exciting to be branching out to the wider world. Working with Sam is great fun, she is a leading voice on inclusion and disability,” says Sophie-Marie.
“Lifestyle will be able to reach out to customers and the broader disability community in a new and fun way.”
The first episode
Episode one is out now on all streaming platforms, and focuses on Lifestyle becoming an award-winning magazine as well as Disability Pride Month 2023.
Plus, to celebrate 45 years of Motability, Dominic Lund-Conlon, accessibility and inclusion manager at Rail Delivery Group, joins to talk about how far we’ve come in making public transport accessible and what the future holds.
Ross Lannon, Lifestyle readership panel member, radio presenter, and lifestyle and disability blogger, had an exclusive preview of the pilot episode. He says: “It’s about time we had some disability representation on the mic, and it’s so great to see Motability branching out with this new project.
Sam and Sophie provide the perfect balance of information and entertainment. Regardless of whether you’re a petrolhead or not, Matt was a great addition with his car chat – providing some fun tips and advice.
“With audio, video, transcript, subtitles and a BSL interpreter, this podcast is already proving to be an inclusive space for all. I’m looking forward to seeing where Lifestyle goes next!”
Where to find the podcast
Episodes are released every two weeks and are available on all major streaming platforms. You can see the full list here.
Not receiving Lifestyle?
Lifestyle is a free quarterly magazine available to anyone on the Motability Scheme. It’s usually sent at the end of January, April, July and October, and you can read it online too. Each edition features the latest news from the Motability Scheme, as well as motoring, mobility stories and helpful advice.
If you’re not currently receiving the magazine but would like to, simply fill out our form to request your copy.