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    'Social Founder Stories'

    Social Founder Stories interviews the inspirational leaders who make social change happen, who use their passions, skills and entrepreneurial drive to make a difference, and to make our world a better place.

    You'll hear what makes social founders tick, how they create impact, scale their organisation, what they struggle with, and how they overcome their challenges.

    Be inspired by their drive, creativity, skills and resilience, as well as their impact story.


    Social Founder Stories is brought to you in association with CIVA, the Centre for Innovation in Voluntary Action.

    You can find out more about CIVA's innovative work, and support them, at www.CIVA.org.uk.


    Listen to our first episodes on your favourite podcast platform or directly from this site.

    Please leave a review on Apple Podcast if you can. And email me with any feedback or ideas for future Social Founder Stories. Thanks for listening.


  • Social Founder Stories Podcast: Josie Naughton, Choose Love & Help Refugees founder
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    Sarah Corbett, Founder Director of The Craftivist Collective

    "For me as an activist, I was always thinking, how can we use these products and this process to really help with real campaigning - that's not just awareness raising, it's not fundraising, it has to be challenging systems and structures."

    In this episode of Social Founder Stories Sarah Corbett, founder of the iconic Craftivist Collective, with its 50,000 global followers, tells us that she is at heart an introvert and ‘a reluctant social founder’!

    Sarah Corbett's founder journey, her brilliant use of social media, her ground-breaking creative campaigns, Craftivist workshops and her fast-selling 'How to be a Craftivist' book, all come together to create a powerful story about how one social founder can have far-reaching impact for individuals, for communities and globally.

    Passionate about both craft and activism, Sarah uses what she calls "the gentle art of stitching" to engage people around the world in social justice issues, helping change laws, company policies, hearts and minds.

    Sarah is incredibly honest in this in-depth interview, sharing the details of her campaign strategies, the agonies of self-doubt, and her tools for personal resilience, financial innovation, organisational growth and deep social impact. Enjoy listening to her story.


    Follow Sarah and the Craftivist Collective:

    Twitter: @craftivists

    Instagram: @craftivists

    Facebook: @CraftivistCollective


    Order Sarah's wonderful How to be a Craftivist book "beautifully wrapped & ribboned", and her Craftivist kits here.

    And most importantly, support Sarah and Adopt A Craftivist here!


    Sarah highlights two organisations in her interview campaign stories:

    Fashion Revolution and

    Share Action led by CEO Catherine Howarth



    Trewin Restorick, Founder CEO of Hubbub and Global Action Plan

    Trewin Restorick is the founder of two innovative and high-impact UK charities, Global Action Plan and Hubbub.

    Trewin's interview for Social Founder Stories is full of advice and insights on how to create and scale, not one, but two successful social enterprises. Trewin talks about what he calls “founder spirit” - sharing insights into the key stages he's been through to create both financial sustainability and social impact, from starting up to letting go, and then starting again, to create and grow Hubbub.

    Trewin covers a range of areas from boards and trustees to partnerships with major corporates, the importance of values and credibility, business plans (he doesn’t like them!) and trading companies, creative campaigns and legacy.

    And along the way, there's talk of frogs and lily pads, plastic fishing and fun, teams and transformation. Enjoy listening to this creative, entrepreneurial and values-driven social founder.


    Follow Trewin on Twitter @TrewinR and

    Check out his charity, Hubbub, at www.hubbub.org.uk and on Twitter and Facebook @HubbubUK.

    Find out more about Trewin’s first charity at www.globalactionplan.org.uk

    I’d love to hear your feedback, and also your ideas for future podcasts, so do email me: caroline@socialfounder.org

    Josie Naughton, CEO & Co-Founder, Help Refugees and Change Love

    Looking back on it now, we were utterly crazy,” says Josie!

    The story of how Founder CEO Josie Naughton ‘accidentally’ launched and grew the charity Help Refugees and its iconic brand Choose Love to become the largest grassroots distributor of aid in Europe is fascinating and inspirational. And it all happened incredibly quickly.

    In this in-depth interview we hear Josie’s personal founder story, the challenges and tough times, as well as the impact and successes. She tells us about the key stages she and her team went through to enable rapid growth; the logistics of delivering food and shelter to refugee camps across Europe, raising millions in donations, ensuring due diligence, working with partners, changing attitudes and UK laws.

    We also hear how their Choose Love T-shirts, shop and campaigns have mobilised awareness and funds, supported by celebrities from the fashion and music industry.

    Josie covers so much in this interview, it’s a fascinating listen.


    Follow Help Refugees:

    Twitter: @chooselove

    Instagram: @chooselove

    Facebook: @ChooseLove


    And if you can please donate to Help Refugees & Choose Love here


    Josie highlighted two organisations in her interview:

    Prism the Gift Fund

    Leigh Day, the law firm.

    More episodes of Social Founder Stories are coming soon, so please remember to subscribe to the podcast.

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    I’d love to hear your feedback, and also your ideas for future podcasts, blogs and resources - you can email me any time: caroline@socialfounder.org


    Social Founder Stories is brought to you in association with CIVA, the Centre for Innovation in Voluntary Action.

    You can find out more about CIVA's innovative work, and support them, at www.CIVA.org.uk.

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