Diversity, equality and access to nature

Mya-Rose Craig tells the story of how she set up Black2Nature to help give young people in visible minority ethnic communities access to nature and tackle the lack of diversity in green spaces. She also talks about the climate emergency and the need for more urgent action.

Economic justice, work and leisure

Tania Aubeelack explores the links between the value of work, leisure, and the gig economy. In our podcast series, she explains that an economically just society gives everyone a fair share and equal access to knowledge, happiness, health, freedom, and prosperity.

Education to tackle racism

Khady Gueye tells the story of organising a Black Lives Matter demonstration in 2020. She received a fierce backlash and racist abuse as well as tremendous support including from the local police. Khady recognised the need for a long term approach to counter racial and economic injustice which are so connected. She set up the Local Equality Commission, working with partners to tackle racial, political and economic injustice collaboratively.

Equity of health and well-being

Professor Sir Michael Marmot explains that social inequality is about more than just economic inequality, it is also about being able to live a dignified healthy life. Equity of health and well-being, as well as income, can all ensure people are able to participate fully in society.

Fans Supporting Food Banks

Sam Spong and John Ratomski of Fans Supporting Food Banks used various creative tactics to organise foodbank collections at the West Ham and Charlton Athletic football stadiums. By galvanising the community through the medium of football, significant amounts of money, food and other basic provisions have been donated to foodbanks in the UK.

Friends of the 65 Bus

Rosemary and Brian tell the story of a group campaigning to save the 65 Bus route in Monmouthshire. They lobbied councillors and MPs, started a petition and encouraged support by talking to the community about rural isolation and climate change. Today, the bus remains vital for those who are isolated or vulnerable, and is now popular with other residents and visitors.

Growing food; growing communities

Pam Warhurst is the founder of Incredible Edible in the UK which has inspired thousands of people to create local groups. She tells the story of encouraging people to grow food in unused places and share what grows to create more connected communities and sustainable living.

Housing benefits and complex care needs

Paul Rutherford tells the story of how he and his wife Susan fought to overturn a policy that would have seen housing benefit reduced if you had a spare room, dubbed the ‘Bedroom Tax’. The family, who needed the room for an overnight carer to help look after their disabled grandson, took their case to the High Court and won.

Living Song CIC

Jane Wheeler tells the story of founding Living Song CIC, rooted in Newham, East London, and centred around singing. By providing opportunities for young people from diverse backgrounds to develop a sense of self and connections with each other, Living Song builds community through the belief that singing is for all and helps people unite, with their differences.

Onion Collective CIC

Jess Prendergrast, along with others in 2013, set up Onion Collective CIC. She tells the story of creating a Visitor Centre and Boat Museum and, in partnership with Biohm (a London firm), bringing a biomanufacturing project to a closed-down mill in order to create local jobs.