Tea with the Changemakers

Social Change

Connecting with changemakers every Tuesday. Inspiring you to be the change. Launched in 2022, Tea with the Changemakers is fast becoming essential listening for people from all over the world who want to make a difference. Inclusive, informative and with unquenchable optimism, each 20-to-30-minute episode takes a deep dive into the way tenacious leaders are tackling the challenges of the day and bringing hope to those without voices. Tea with the Changemakers is presented by hosts Kelly Evans and Andy Senyszyn. read less
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Episodes

Sebbie Hall - A real life superhero
Mar 14 2023
Sebbie Hall - A real life superhero
If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Invisibility, or maybe the ability to fly? Well, in this week’s episode, we’re speaking to a real-life superhero called Sebbie Hall, whose superpower is perhaps the greatest of all - his superpower is kindness.Sebbie first discovered his superpower during the pandemic, whilst we were all in lockdown. He had told his mum that there was a boy in his school who was at risk of social isolation, as he hadn't got an iPad or laptop to talk to his classmates on or to do schoolwork with while confined to the house. Sebbie wanted to help his classmate, and was even prepared to give him his own iPad! Instead, they came up with the idea of raising money for charity, to help Sebbie's classmate as well as the wider community.Inspired by Captain Tom Moore’s 100 laps of his garden ahead of his 100th birthday, Sebbie decided that he wanted to complete 100 acts of kindness in 10 days to raise £1,000. Sebbie's acts of kindness hugely benefitted the local community during the pandemic and spread happiness! Whether by popping notes through neighbours' doors or posting letters for people because they didn't want to leave their homes, Sebbie's simple but selfless acts brightened up hundreds of people's days!But Sebbie didn’t stop there... he wanted to make more people smile up and down the country, and eventually the smiles spread around the globe! Sebbie was awarded a World Compassion Award along with $10,000. This cash award enabled the family to set up The Sebbie Hall Kindness Foundation in 2022. The foundation has the aim of helping other young people who are disadvantaged due to disability.Combatting loneliness, spreading kindness, making people feel happy inside and making a difference, The Sebbie Hall Kindness Foundation is a huge player in fighting the social exclusion of people with learning difficulties and enables them to lead fulfilled lives, always keeping kindness at the forefront. Cup only half full? Follow Tea with the Changemakers on TikTok, for behind-the-scenes content and clips from our episodes!
Extinction Rebellion - "It's not ****in' rocket science!"
Feb 28 2023
Extinction Rebellion - "It's not ****in' rocket science!"
‘Extinction’ – probably a word you associate with long-gone dinosaurs. How about ‘rebellion’? Thousands giving all for the cause on historical battlefields? Well, on this week’s Tea with the Changemakers, we welcome you to the rebellion, as we speak with Clare Farrell, who proudly co-founded the movement, Extinction Rebellion (XR). (You can choose not to join the rebellion, of course... that just means there’s more chance of us all ending up in the same state as stegosaurus and company – your call!)Now, you may know something of Extinction Rebellion already, having garnered a reputation for blocking roads and holding up ambulances; however, in this episode, we dispel a few myths (especially the ambulance one) that have often been fuelled by tabloid tattle and then parroted by more mainstream media outlets.Extinction Rebellion describes itself as an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of social collapse. On the surface, claims of societal chaos and ecological devastation may sound a little drastic and dramatic; however, with the tipping point of global warming approaching in 2030, the cost of living crisis, and the richest 1% of society getting ever richer while the vast majority are getting ever poorer, it could well be argued that society is already collapsing… This week, we hope that you’ll put any pre/mis-conceptions you may have about Extinction Rebellion aside, and appreciate them as a genuine catalyst for change. Cup only half full? Follow Tea with the Changemakers on TikTok, for behind-the-scenes content and clips from our episodes!
Jack Monroe - The Duracell bunny of anti-poverty campaigning
Feb 21 2023
Jack Monroe - The Duracell bunny of anti-poverty campaigning
Did you know there are now more food banks in the UK than there are branches of McDonald’s?Shocking we know, but foodbanks are now vital and sadly accepted part of society; and for the survival of an ever-increasing number of people up and down the UK who are struggling through the cost-of-living crisis.On this episode of Tea with the Changemakers we’re talking to an anti-povertycampaigner and food writer Jack Monroe who’s had more than their (un)fair share of controversy and trolling over the years.Jack Monroe at their core is a mother who found themselves in a tight situation with the cost of living, finding it difficult to feed their son. Jack started writing a blog about cheap and easy recipes back in 2010 (yes, the cost-of-living crisis was still a thing back in 2010…). Little did they know that their blog would resonate with a huge number of people and eventually led them to become a published author and a hugely influential figure in society.There are few figures like Jack Monroe in society, who have the sheer grit and determination to speak out on poverty and ignite genuine social change, and on this week’s episode of Tea with the Changemakers we think you’ll see a different more tender and relaxed version of Jack.Throughout their career they’ve been subject to scrutiny and their authenticity has been bought into question. There is no denying that Jack’s often-brash approach has rubbed some people up the wrong way – but isn’t that the point? Jack is authentic and saying it as it is, and has made it their mission to keep the conversation going around poverty and strives to genuinely help those who are struggling.  Check out our blog on this episode, McPoverty and a side of lies.Cup only half full? Follow Tea with the Changemakers on TikTok, for behind-the-scenes content and clips from our episodes!
ape2o - The anti-plastic bottle water company
Feb 14 2023
ape2o - The anti-plastic bottle water company
Globally, 500 billion plastic bottles are used every year – that’s 66 bottles for every person on the planet! This week, we’re chatting to ape2o’s Anthony Newman, the man on a mission to tackle that alarming statistic. Anthony identified that a lot of people clearly have a thirst for water on the go, and favour the taste of bottled water, but there is an indisputable crisis with our consumption. In the UK alone, seven million plastic water bottles are thrown away every day; 80% end up burned, in landfill, or in our oceans and some microplastics end up being ingested by us.The B Corp-certified anti-plastic bottle water company operates an array of water dispensers in and around London, that provide commuters and travellers with on-demand chilled still or sparkling triple-filtered UV-treated purified water, for the affordable price of £0.25 per half litre!ape2o has already saved hundreds of thousands of plastic bottles from polluting our oceans, and impressively 10% of what you do spend with ape2o goes towards marine and freshwater conservation and clean-ups. The first recipient of ape2o’s 10% promise was the Zoological Society of London, and the money donated helped ZSL develop their marine and freshwater conservation!Check out ape2o’s website where you can find out where ape2o’s dispensers are located and get your hands on a variety of merch, including the 100% plastic-free SILVERBACK bottle mentioned in this episode. Cup only half full? Follow Tea with the Changemakers on TikTok, for behind-the-scenes content and clips from our episodes!
3 Dads Walking - Campaigning for suicide prevention, one step at a time
Feb 7 2023
3 Dads Walking - Campaigning for suicide prevention, one step at a time
This episode contains conversations about and references to suicide.This week on the podcast, we’re talking to Mike, Andy & Tim, the 3 Dads Walking. Coined ‘the club that no one wants to be part of’, the 3 dads all lost their daughters to suicide and have staged two country-spanning walks to support the charity, PAPYRUS (Prevention of Young Suicide), and to raise awareness of the fact that suicide is the biggest killer of under-35s in the UK.Mike, Andy & Tim connected with each other in circumstances that no parent wants to find themselves in - losing a child. Beth (Mike’s daughter), Sophie (Andy’s daughter) and Emily (Tim’s daughter) took their own lives, and the 3 dads have channelled their immeasurable loss and grief into helping others.By raising awareness, the dads have been able to ensure that conversation around admittedly difficult topics stays open and relevant in society. Most importantly, their efforts have helped to signpost where young people who are struggling can access support without feeling stigmatised. PAPYRUS HOPELINEUK is a confidential support and advice service for:Children and young people under the age of 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide.Anyone concerned that a young person could be thinking about suicide.HOPELINEUK advisers want to work with you to understand why these thoughts of suicide might be present. They also want to provide you with a safe space to talk through anything happening in your life that could be impacting on your or anyone else’s ability to stay safe.Call: 0800 068 41 41Text: 07860 039 967Email: pat@papyrus-uk.orgOpening hours:9am to midnight every day of the year.Cup only half full? Follow Tea with the Changemakers on TikTok, for behind-the-scenes content and clips from our episodes!
The Oliver King Foundation - 64+ lives saved, 20,000 defibrillators rolling out
Jan 24 2023
The Oliver King Foundation - 64+ lives saved, 20,000 defibrillators rolling out
Mark King, the man responsible for the rollout of over 20,000 defibrillators to over 18,000 state-funded schools, joins us on the show this week.Mark founded The Oliver King Foundation after his son, Ollie, sadly and unexpectedly died from a cardiac arrest while competing in a swimming race in a PE lesson at school. Ollie had Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS), which is a hidden heart condition that kills 12 young people every week.Mark started the charity to improve the amount of and access to life-saving defibrillators up and down the country. It’s believed that if the school had a defibrillator and were trained on how to use it, then Ollie’s life may have been saved.After years of campaigning, Mark delivered the first of 20,000 defibrillators to Oliver’s school, King David High, on Friday 20th January, as part of a government-backed rollout to ensure that almost 18,000 state-funded schools up and down the country have access to at least one potentially lifesaving defibrillator.In this episode, Mark tells us about his and Ollie's story, the work that the foundation does, how the government are finally rolling out defibrillators to schools up and down the country, and all about his next venture, as he begins setting up test centres to identify young people with SADS and cardiac disorders - with long-time supporter, former footballer Jamie Carragher.Find out how you can donate, fundraise, and support The Oliver King Foundation on their website here: https://theoliverkingfoundation.co.uk/Cup only half full? Follow Tea with the Changemakers on TikTok, for behind-the-scenes content and clips from our episodes!
The Social Mobility Foundation - Working with and for young people
Jan 10 2023
The Social Mobility Foundation - Working with and for young people
“Life’s not fair” - ever had anyone tell you that? Isn’t it time that life was ‘fair’?  This week on the podcast, Andy's chatting with Sarah Atkinson, CEO of The Social Mobility Foundation, and Hannah Ayane, a graduate from their Aspiring Professional Programme. A recent study carried out by The SMF found that professionals from working-class backgrounds earn on average £6,718 less than someone from a more advantageous background in the same job. Furthermore, The SMF found that even at leadership level in businesses, working-class chief executives earn on average £16,749 less than their peers.  The Social Mobility Foundation are the people tackling those statics and working to rid society of systemic barriers holding back working-class professionals. They exist to provide opportunities for 16-17-year-olds who may be unable to get career support from their schools or families.  The SMF work with young people from all across the UK, in their years prior to and during university, and their Aspiring Professionals Programme offers tailored support across 11 career sectors including, accountancy, architecture, banking & finance, biology & chemistry, business, digital, engineering & physics, law, media & communications, medicine, and politics. https://www.socialmobility.org.uk/Cup only half full? Follow Tea with the Changemakers on TikTok, for behind-the-scenes content and clips from our episodes!
Zoe Burnett - Life is more than self-hatred and celery sticks
Nov 29 2022
Zoe Burnett - Life is more than self-hatred and celery sticks
This week’s episode contains conversations about eating disorders and suicide.  Zoe Burnett has first-hand experience in conquering atypical anorexia, and depression and is a suicide survivor. Now as a published author, TEDx speaker and charity worker (at First Steps Eating Disorder Service) she uses her lived experience to educate others, and rebel against unhealthy social norms. On this week’s show, Zoe shares her story with Kelly and speaks candidly about what it’s like to live with an eating disorder and how it affects your mental health, set point theory and how she’s “recovering loudly so others don’t suffer in silence.” Zoe continues to speak out because of the societal shift in attitude that’s needed regarding diet and weight. In this episode Zoe shares some shocking and alarming statistics with us. ·      Over 80% of 10-year-olds are now scared of being fat.·      90% of teenage girls avoided an activity because of the way they looked.·      87% of teenage boys avoided an activity because of the way they looked. The statistics speak for themselves, and Zoe speaks out to ensure that we continue to have conversations about eating disorders in the hope that they will change attitudes, educate, and most importantly reach people who are struggling and may need help.Cup only half full? Follow Tea with the Changemakers on TikTok, for behind-the-scenes content and clips from our episodes!
Dame Esther Rantzen - The Silver Line Helpline
Nov 1 2022
Dame Esther Rantzen - The Silver Line Helpline
Arguably one of the most influential changemakers in the UK joins us on the show this week, founder of The Silver Line Helpline and Childline; Dame Esther Rantzen.On this week's episode, we're talking about loneliness and how it's a growing issue within our society, the invaluable work The Silver Line Helpline does, how a cat from over the road has adopted Esther, and how important it is to have fun and continue to well into your old age.Last week on the show we were joined by Alasdair Stewart, Director of National Operations, and as part of his role, he manages The Silver Line Helpline which is a free, confidential telephone service just for older people and provides friendship, conversation and support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We were interested in finding out more about The Silver Line Helpline, and how it continues to provide an invaluable service to tackle and prevent loneliness among our elderly population. The trouble with loneliness is that it's often unspoken about because of the stigma attached to it, however, it is chronic within the elderly. A review carried out by The National Institute for Health and Care Research found that "one in four adults over 60 reports feeling lonely" and "for those aged more than 75, the figure is almost one in three (31%)"So who better to tell us more about The Silver Line Helpline, and how it's tackling loneliness than the founder herself, Dame Esther Rantzen.Call free on 0800 4 70 80 90Cup only half full? Follow Tea with the Changemakers on TikTok, for behind-the-scenes content and clips from our episodes!