The Power of Private Podcasts

Enhancing Communication within Disability Services


In today’s fast-paced world, effective communication is vital for the success of any organisation. Within the realm of disability services where timely information sharing is crucial, adopting innovative communication methods becomes even more important. One such method that has gained traction is the use of private rss feed podcasts. In this blog post we will explore the advantages of utilising a private rss feed podcast as a means to inform staff about changes and initiatives within disability services.

A Private rss Feed

What is a private feed? Your common or garden podcast feed is a public feed. The rss is hidden from the general public and the show artwork and summary substitutes for this feed. In reality a show must register its rss feed with Apple Podcast Connect. Apple verifies the link, ensures there’s at least one episode, the artwork meets the requirements and there’s no  breach of copyright requirements. For a full explanation of this process check out the post here: or the episode The Mechanics: Mic to Podcatcher

For a private feed, from say Patreon or something similar where extra content is provided for a fee, a private rss feed is supplied.

To make this effective in a workplace situation your podcast host should provide the option of a private rss. You then send this to your people and they copy and paste the link into their podcatcher. Apps like Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Overcast, Stitcher and so on. How to do this varied from app to app but will be covered in their “Help” or “FAQ” sections. Once loaded, every time the service sends out out an episode it pops up on the podcatcher.

Accessibility and Inclusivity 

Accessibility is at the core of disability services and a private feed podcast can significantly contribute to promoting inclusivity within an organisation. Podcasts offer an audio-based format, allowing staff members with visual impairments or reading difficulties to easily access information. By providing a platform that accommodates different learning styles and abilities, a private feed ensures that all staff members have equal access to critical updates and initiatives.

Information Delivery

One of the key advantages of a private feed is its ability to deliver information promptly and conveniently. Instead of relying on lengthy email chains or time-consuming meetings, a podcast enables service providers to convey updates and changes directly to staff members’ devices. With on-the-go accessibility, staff can conveniently access the podcast whenever and wherever they prefer, enhancing engagement and ensuring important information reaches the intended audience in a timely manner.

Engagement and Collaboration

A private feed fosters better staff engagement and collaboration within disability services. By creating an audio-based platform for sharing news, updates and initiatives, staff members feel more connected and engaged with the organisation. The podcast format allows for a more personal and interactive experience where staff can hear the voices of their colleagues and leaders, fostering a sense of community. Moreover, podcasts can include interviews, guest speakers and discussions, creating opportunities for collaboration, sharing experiences and exploring best practices within the disability services field.

Flexibility and Scalability 

Private feeds offer flexibility and scalability, making them an ideal communication tool for disability services. With the ability to upload new episodes regularly, organisations can provide ongoing updates and share relevant resources with staff members. Additionally, as organisations grow or expand their services, podcasts can easily accommodate increased information flow without overwhelming staff members. Furthermore, podcasts can be archived, allowing staff to access previous episodes and reference important information at their convenience, enhancing their knowledge and understanding of the organisation’s initiatives.


In today’s digital age, communication methods must adapt to cater to diverse needs and preferences. Private feed podcasts offer disability services a powerful tool to inform staff about changes and initiatives within the organisation. By embracing the accessibility, convenience, engagement and scalability provided by this medium, organisations can foster a more connected and well-informed workforce, ultimately improving the quality of care and services provided to individuals with disabilities.