Jade has overcome many personal challenges and has lived experience of recovery from addiction, she is over 2 and a half years free from substances. A former mental health nurse she is now co-host of the award-winning BBC 5 Live podcast Hooked: the unexpected addicts. Jade is trustee for Treasures Foundation charity where she works on the ground as well as board level. She volunteers with the drug and alcohol service for SHP (Single Homeless Project). Jade also does charity work and fundraising for addicts and people wishing to leave gang crime in South Africa.
Hooked – The Unexpected Addicts
Hooked – The Unexpected Addicts is a broadcasting first. The first time the BBC have commissioned a podcast series on all things addiction and recovery. The first time that two professional women, Melissa and Jade, have had a platform to openly and honestly, discuss the negative consequences of active addiction. Their journey from ‘rock-bottom’, their meeting at Clouds House treatment centre, and the courageous story of their recovery journey. Originally 6 episodes were commissioned and the end by the second season 26 episodes had been broadcast! The first BBC podcast to be awarded radio (not podcast!) programme of the year by the Broadcasting Press Guild and win silver at the British podcast awards. Melissa, Jade and Michael (Clouds) will be exploring what is was about Hooked that made it connect with its audiences, and why. Also, some production insights to creating and presenting a double award-winning BBC podcast.