8 episodes

Ian Wright is on a journey of discovery, searching for those positive role models that walk amongst us in everyday life. The real life champions that come in all shapes and sizes, from all walks of life - this podcast captures him meeting and learning from these inspirational, everyday people.

Ian is a goalscoring hero and football legend - a much loved and positive role model across the UK, adored for his openness, vulnerability and of course his cheeky sense of humour, all of which you will hear in this unique series.

Each episode Ian meets someone with an incredible story of bravery, resilience or transformation. Ian gets to the heart of how they’ve changed the world for the better and why they do the things they do. You’ll get to hear personal stories of hope and resilience that will move and inspire you, make you laugh and bring you to tears.

From Somethin’ Else, makers of ‘David Tennant Does a Podcast With…’ and ‘How Did We Get Here’, ’Ian Wright’s Everyday People' will tell the stories of real life heroes that are the beating hearts of our communities.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5 • 432 Ratings

Ian Wright is on a journey of discovery, searching for those positive role models that walk amongst us in everyday life. The real life champions that come in all shapes and sizes, from all walks of life - this podcast captures him meeting and learning from these inspirational, everyday people.

Ian is a goalscoring hero and football legend - a much loved and positive role model across the UK, adored for his openness, vulnerability and of course his cheeky sense of humour, all of which you will hear in this unique series.

Each episode Ian meets someone with an incredible story of bravery, resilience or transformation. Ian gets to the heart of how they’ve changed the world for the better and why they do the things they do. You’ll get to hear personal stories of hope and resilience that will move and inspire you, make you laugh and bring you to tears.

From Somethin’ Else, makers of ‘David Tennant Does a Podcast With…’ and ‘How Did We Get Here’, ’Ian Wright’s Everyday People' will tell the stories of real life heroes that are the beating hearts of our communities.

    Changing Lives With Music

    Changing Lives With Music

    Meet Gary Crosby and Janine Irons, a couple mentoring the artists of the future. Together they founded Tomorrow’s Warriors, an organisation devoted to nurturing aspiring jazz musicians. 



    Over the past three decades, they’ve supported thousands of artists on their journey to becoming professional musicians - never once charging a penny for their time or expertise. Today their alumni are some of the most exciting names in British Jazz.



    To learn more about Tomorrow’s Warriors and to support the work they do in the community head to www.tomorrowswarriors.org/support

    • 38 min
    Bristol’s Fostering Hero

    Bristol’s Fostering Hero

    What does it take to care for some of Britain’s most vulnerable children? This week Ian meets Andy Hider, a devoted foster parent who has taken in more than 150 children, over three decades.



    Andy says she grew her heart and her home to accommodate some of society’s most vulnerable kids, and she did this work while raising her three biological children as a single parent. In 2020 after 38 years, Andy retired from fostering. 



    That same year, she was recognised for her services to children. Think you’ve got what it takes to foster a child and would like to learn more? Head to: The National Fostering Agency; or here; or here. 


    Organisations in the Bristol area: Website.


    Get In Contact: enquiries@amicusfostercare.com

    • 37 min
    Abed

    Abed

    How did a socially anxious young man go from a bag of nerves in the classroom to one of Britain’s best new teachers? Today Ian is in conversation with Abed Ahmed, an inspirational teacher from Birmingham who defied the odds to make it in his dream career.

    To keep up with Abed’s journey in teaching, follow him at,

    @stammer_teacher on Twitter.

    To learn more about stammering and to access help and support head here or here.

    A Somethin' Else production.

    • 28 min
    Jodi

    Jodi

    What would the world look like if we took the time to truly “see” each other?

    In this episode Ian meets Jodi Ann Bickley, a performance poet spreading a message of kindness, one handwritten letter at a time.

    Jodi Ann started One Million Lovely Letters during a debilitating bout of chronic illness. Today she writes to strangers from all over the world from her home in Birmingham.

    To find out more about One Million Lovely Letters, head here, and follow Jodi at @jodiannbickley

    A Somethin' Else production.

    • 34 min
    Munira

    Munira

    How do you carry on when you’ve lost everything? Today Ian meets Munira Mahmoud, a mother-of-two and survivor of Grenfell Towers who found an unexpected roadmap to move forward after disaster.

    Munira’s passion for cooking carried her through dark times. Months after the fire, she founded the Hubb Community Kitchen - a space for survivors to prepare meals, process grief and exchange stories. After surviving one crisis, the women of the Hubb Kitchen sprang into action again, this time supporting vulnerable families hit hard by the pandemic.

    If you like what you’ve heard so far and think you’ve got an amazing story to tell we’d love to hear from you, get in touch with us at everydaypeople@somethinelse.com

    Follow Munira’s adventures in food and her work within the community at @MuniraEats (Instagram) and www.kinamama.com

    And to learn how to prepare delicious recipes inspired by the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen head to https://www.penguin.co.uk/authors/1084233/the-hubb-community-kitchen.html.



    A Somethin' Else production.

    • 40 min
    Mel

    Mel

    In January 2020, Mel Tait was faced with every parent’s worst nightmare. Her 25-year-old son Jordan had been assaulted, and within hours she would have to turn off his life support. Whilst at his bedside and contemplating how to honour his life, Mel made a decision that would impact the lives of seven desperately ill people. She speaks to Ian about her son Jordan Sinnott, a kind-hearted footballer, who died two weeks shy of his 26th birthday.

    If you like what you’ve heard so far and think you’ve got an amazing story to tell we’d love to hear from you, get in touch with us at everydaypeople@somethinelse.com

    Been touched by Jordan’s story?

    Head to: www.js25.co.uk/supportus

    @jsftrust on Twitter and Instagram,

    The Jordan Sinnott Foundation Trust on Facebook

    And if you or someone you love has been affected by serious crime, for support head to: https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
432 Ratings

432 Ratings

Ninny in the North West ,

Brilliant

Ian is a natural interviewer. Don’t do football so not heard him before but he shows natural warmth, understanding and kindness in all his podcasts so far. Cannot wait for more - all so varied and interesting.

Melanie0791 ,

Absolutely gorgeous

The world needs to hear more stories like this.. Sharing people overcoming hard times, helping others and being brave. Adore the podcast. Well done Ian for sharing and championing these stories

LauraC40 ,

Ian’s Empathy is so fabulous

Listen to this upbeat podcast, he is so ‘present’ in his chats with people, you feel what he feels, when he feels it.

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