Building Belonging: A new podcast brought to you by Onward and The Cares Family about civic innovators and the stories behind the institutions they’re building to bring us together in an age of disconnection.
Join Alex Smith and Will Tanner for deep conversations with the people who are restitching our social fabric, including Jon Yates, Sophia Parker, Ivo Gormley, Kim Leadbeater MP and more.
Episode 10: Gemma Mortensen
In this episode of Building Belonging Will and Alex speak to Gemma Mortensen, co-creator of New Constellations about her work bringing people together and building a better, more beautiful future.
Episode 9: Russ Jeffreys
In this episode of Building Belonging Will and Alex speak to Parkrun Chief Executive Russ Jeffreys about its growth, how it fared the pandemic and the power of exercise in building social connections.
Episode 8: Ruth Ibegbuna
In this episode of Building Belonging Will and Alex speak to Ruth Ibegbuna, founder of the RECLAIM Project, The Roots Programme, and Rekindle, about empowering working class young people, building social connections and why she thinks we should abolish private schools.
Episode 7: Matt Hyde
In this episode of Building Belonging Will and Alex speak to Matt Hyde, Chief Executive of The Scouts about the founding of the organisation by Robert Baden-Powell in 1908, why the organisation has stood the test of time and remained relevant, and how to get more young people involved in volunteering.
Episode 6: Sophia Parker
In this episode of Building Belonging Will and Alex speak to Sophia Parker, founder of Little Village, a charity providing young families with clothes, toys and a supportive community.
Little Village is based in London with hubs in Camden, Wandsworth, Southwark, Brent and Hounslow. Since it launched in 2016, it has supported over 17,000 children across London and is now headed by Sophie Livingstone.
Episode 5: Emmanuel Akpan-Inwang
In this episode of Building Belonging Alex Smith and Will Tanner speak with Emmanuel Akpan-Inwang, Director of Lighthouse - a charity that transforms the lives of children in care - about where his inspiration for the charity came from, its scalability and children's policy.