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Meet the people of Igniting Change, a tiny Melbourne charity inspiring and catalysing positive social change. Join Celia Hirsh as she gets to know some of the faces behind the scenes and those that they walk alongside. Title Music by Australian musical collaboration Spinifex Gum, featuring the voices of Marliya of the Gondwana choirs.
 
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We meet Ellen Jacobsen - the Social Impact Manager at HoMie, a not-for-profit streetwear label that seeks to support young people affected by homelessness or hardship. HoMie’s mission is to break down the stigma associated with homelessness, and to equip these young people with the skills and confidence to be more work-ready and better prepared for…
 
Human rights lawyer George Newhouse could easily have continued working in corporate law in New York and London. Instead he returned home and co-founded the National Justice Project - where he uses the law in ways that support and advance social justice for asylum seekers, youth detainees and First Nations people. George shares his story on Season …
 
A proud Wiradjuri Woman, born and raised on Gadigal land, Carly Stanley has dedicated her life to helping her people. Carly is the Founder and CEO of Deadly Connections, an organisation working to break the cycles of intergenerational disadvantage and trauma, so that the First Nations people of Australia can thrive, not just survive.…
 
Felix Riebl has lost none of the youthful energy that has made his band Cat Empire a worldwide success, which is lucky, as his side project, Spinifex Gum is engaging a whole new audience - due in large part to the glorious voices of the Marliya choir. Being a performer in lockdown has brought with it challenges, but also welcome bursts of creativit…
 
Artist Amanda Newman first came to our attention as the name at the bottom of a mural of Dujuan, the remarkable central figure of “In My Blood it Runs” during lockdown in Melbourne. When she completed a beautiful portrait of Cathy Freeman, our interest was piqued, and we called her for a chat about life as an artist in a time of Covid 19.…
 
How does Margaret Thorpe manage to keep the Sacred Heart Community, where formerly homeless, mentally unwell people live, a “happy quiet place” throughout Covid 19?Well, Martin Flanagan puts it perfectly in his book, “The Art of Pollination” - “I got the idea that Margaret was a person who had pared her lift back to what really mattered to her”.And…
 
When the students of Hester Hornbrook Academy in Prahran have a problem, they turn to Wellbeing Team Leader, Stella.Run by the Melbourne City Mission, the Academy caters for young people for whom conventional schooling hasn’t worked, for myriad reasons. Some are young mums, many are aged in their twenties, and trying to gain qualifications to join …
 
In her day job as Community Service Co-ordinator at Melbourne’s Lauriston Girls School, Sarah Jessup was introduced to Jane Tewson and went on to learn about the organisations Igniting Change supports.When Covid 19 hit, and parents from her school wanted to support those doing it tough, Sarah knew just where to turn. Every fortnight, she and a grou…
 
Renowned author and journalist Martin Flanagan spent a year with Igniting Change founder and director Jane Tewson “meeting the people and feeling the issues.” The result is The Art of Pollination - a rich tapestry of the life and times of @igniting_change and some wonderful stories from Jane’s life in the UK. Jane and Martin join Celia Hirsh to dis…
 
Chloe Dickson knows first hand the power of the St Kilda Police and Citizen’s Youth Club, a not-for-profit organisation mentoring young people of all ages and backgrounds. As a former resident, Chloe’s world was turned around by the support of the PCYC mentors. Now she’s inspiring the next generation as Operations Manager of the centre, leading pro…
 
Paul Moulds was the guy everyone at high school would come to if they had a problem. Nothing much has changed, except that now he has made loving kindness his occupation. As a leader in the Salvation Army, Major Moulds has experience of hell on earth, and love has always been his guiding light. He’s the compelling subject of this week’s Igniting Ch…
 
AFFY AKUEY - director of TWICH - a not for profit sewing group, bringing together women from non-English speaking backgrounds. Affy is fierce, sassy and a self-confessed nerd. This conversation covers her family’s journey from Sudan via Egypt and the racism they’ve encountered both in Egypt and Australia. But it is ultimately the story of how hard …
 
Anyone would count themselves lucky to have Charlotte Jones in their corner. She is indefatigable and passionate - exactly what you want and need when tangling with the law. Charlotte is the general manager of Victoria’s Mental Health Legal Centre, and she is the compelling subject of Episode 4 of the Igniting Change podcast.…
 
Mary Muirhead takes tireless to the next level when it comes to her Learning for Life Autism Centre. She’ll be clicking her tongue now and saying, but it’s not just me, I have a team. It’s true, there is a dedicated team of therapists and administrators ensuring that children get the best level of care, and that fundraising events run without a hit…
 
Nobody wants to live next door to a prison. Except Norm Reed. As the Pastor of Hobart’s Risdon prison, Norm is dedicated to ensuring inmates are given the opportunity to maintain or rebuild relationships with their families. He believes it’s an integral part of rehabilitation and redemption. He’s also great fun, and a wonderful storyteller.…
 
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