Getting Dads Talking with Dan Flanagan, Dad La Soul
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by Heidi Fisher
3M ago
There are six million dads in the UK and when Dan Flanagan's  own father passed away he re-evaluated his own life. "It can be lonely to be a dad but men don't like to talk about that." The consequences are profound and tragic. Isolation, loneliness, mental ill-health. For some men, suicide – horrifyingly, 96 men under 45 are lost to suicide each week in the UK. And the emotional availability of fathers has both an immediate and long-lasting impact on children. A few years ago Dan started blogging about fathers and parenting and – to his great surprise – his posts became hugely popular ..read more
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Money where it matters with Theodora Hadjimichael, Responsible Finance
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by Heidi Fisher
6M ago
Finance and credit play a big part in our lives. Removing or preventing access to them is hugely disruptive, as today's guest explains. Without fit-for-purpose finance on fair terms, businesses and social enterprises can't grow, create jobs or deliver vital frontline services, and millions of households are prey for loan sharks. Community development finance institutions (CDFIs) address the damaging lack of appropriate finance faced by many people, businesses and social enterprises. Responsible Finance represents CDFIs, and CEO Theodora Hadjimichael describes the uneven financial landscape i ..read more
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Building confidence and wellbeing in the age of body shaming through drama and dares with Ursula
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by Heidi Fisher
6M ago
We have never faced such scrutiny of our bodies, or been under as much pressure to conform to a narrow definition of 'beauty.' Ldn Dares Drama Company supports people with low confidence, self-esteem and body image issues through performing arts. The social enterprise works with commissioners in mental health. It helps people develop and understand their self worth, build confidence and more, and has been nominated for the Innovation in Healthcare Lammy Award. Founder and CEO Ursula struggled herself for a period with her own mental health and talks us through what its 'dares' involve, how ..read more
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Sustainable ecommerce, green future with Bashir Khairy, Green Wallet
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by Heidi Fisher
8M ago
When serial technology entrepreneur Bashir Khairy had a lightening bolt realisation of the cumulative effects of our shopping habits, he overhauled his lifestyle. But there was a problem.  Bashir and his family couldn't find enough sustainable products in one place. "There were fundamental questions about how we vote with our money," he says, and directed his focus to creating a marketplace featuring ethical products from conscious merchants. The Green Wallet app is now in use UK-Europe wide making it easy for social entrepreneurs to access conscious customers. Bashir and his team of te ..read more
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Gifting the world of social enterprise with stories which inspire and unite – Karis Gill, Social Stories Club
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by Heidi Fisher
9M ago
Karis Gill was already a serial entrepreneur when she discovered social enterprise. She figured gifts are a wonderful way to introduce people to what she, like Heidi, believes is the future of business. Social Stories Club, a social enterprise Karis co-founded, offers gifts (wonderful products which make a difference) accompanied by engaging, powerful stories. Karis describes how it maps and manages its impacts; how it uses stories; and how she and her team decide what products to include. The business gives opportunities to people with barriers to employment and is going from strength to s ..read more
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Propelling unsung heroes to even greater impact with Nicole Helwig
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by Heidi Fisher
10M ago
Does your work create social change and are you an extraordinary business leader? If so, you could apply for the Cambridge Social Innovation Prize, which offers a £10,000 cash award to up to four winners for their personal and professional development alongside expert mentoring support. It's an exciting opportunity to accelerate your impact and today's guest Nicole Helwig explains more about the Prize, its purpose and impact, how to apply, and gives a vital piece of advice if you're thinking of applying. Nicole took up her role as Programme Director, Cambridge Social Ventures in the middle o ..read more
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An escape plan to happiness and co-design with Richard Collins, Sortified
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by Heidi Fisher
10M ago
"Partnerships are vital to our existence...We all should be working a lot more in collaboration...and I think we can do a lot more," says Richard Collins, creative director of Sortified. Sortified aims to improve lives and reduce social inequality. It produces toolkits, runs projects, and works around people and place through co-production. In this episode, Richard covers why launching Sortified was an "escape plan" allowing him to put something back into the Lincolnshire community. He describes how co-production can work in practical terms (without being tokenistic). People can be involved ..read more
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How a social enterprise supporting vulnerable people is sustaining itself - Jonny Kinross, Grassmarket
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by Heidi Fisher
1y ago
"The trouble with being successful is you're in demand." When Jonny Kinross took the helm as CEO of Grassmarket Community Project, the Edinburgh-based social enterprise worked with around 70 people each year. Now that figure is around 500. With a background in social work, Jonny set up a social enterprise 12 years ago before joining – and "totally falling in love with" – the Grassmarket Community Project, which gives people the opportunity to contribute more to society. Grassmarket Community Project runs catering, woodwork, textiles and tartan businesses and engagement activities to support ..read more
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Fighting human trafficking with great coffee - Bryn Frere-Smith
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by Heidi Fisher
1y ago
It's disappointing if an important cause is let down by a poor product. Bryn Frere-Smith's coffee contributes to addressing terrible issues – but he’s emphatic it must taste amazing too. Bryn is founder of Blue Bear Coffee which uses its profits and profile to support organisations fighting human trafficking and caring for survivors. After leaving the Metropolitan Police he worked in 'close protection' for some of the richest people in the world. But he needed to find his purpose. This took him to 12 challenging months with the International Justice Mission, an organisation fighting modern-d ..read more
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How creating social value transforms communities with Julie Haywood
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by Heidi Fisher with Julie Haywood
1y ago
Julie Haywood is director of community investment for WHG, a "profit for purpose" housing association in Walsall. Her role is focused on people: happier people have better lives, she says. In this episode Julie describes WHG's investment into communities and how it creates opportunities for people. Housing associations are anchor organisations, says Julie, and although commercial they should make profit for a purpose, to build and invest in stronger communities. Social value includes digital and financial inclusion, money management, helping people to move into the job market and other and ..read more
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