Grassroots innovation and the COVID crisis

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In this podcast series, we’ll be talking with the people behind the organisations Nesta supports who are working tirelessly to shape their communities for the better about the effects the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the way they work.

Episode five: Seneca Learning

Seneca Learning is an online homework and revision platform used by students across the UK from primary school to A-levels. In this episode, we talk to Seneca about how lockdown has propelled the use of their ed tech platform, supporting teachers and students to catch up on missed time in the classroom.

Episode four: Football Beyond Borders

Football Beyond Borders supports young people who are passionate about football but disengaged at school to build the skills they need to make a successful transition into adulthood. In this episode, we’re joined by co-founder Jack, to talk about how the COVID-19 crisis has made their work with young people even more important now than ever before.

Episode three: The Bristol Cable

The Bristol Cable is a community-owned local news outlet, reporting from an independent and diverse community rooted in the city. In this episode, we’re joined by Cait, Lucas and Alon from The Bristol Cable, to talk about their role in shaking up local journalism and how the organisation has approached reporting the COVID crisis.

Episode two: BlackOut UK

BlackOut UK is a volunteer-led movement working to make a space and a voice for black gay men. In this episode, we’re joined by one of the founders, Rob Berkeley and discuss the challenges he and others in the black gay community have faced during lockdown, and more recently in relation to the global protests and demonstrations following the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis.

Episode one: The Cares Family

The Cares Family connects older and younger people through activities such as social clubs and befriending schemes. In this episode, we're joined by their CEO Alex Smith to hear about the organisation's journey through the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis and how he led his small organisation through rapid reinvention of their core programmes.

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