Stories of Change

Social work makes a real difference. But so much of this goes unseen and unheard. We want to change that.

In our podcast, Stories of Change, you’ll hear from a series of social work and sector experts who are creating positive change for children and families. Learn from their innovative ideas and practice, and hear what keeps them pushing on and showing up for their communities and the profession. You will be inspired by their dedication and know that together, we can achieve our mission to create social change.

Latest episode

The Christmas Dinner, with Alexa Robinson


Alexa Robinson is working with a team in Middlesbrough and Teesside to launch the first Christmas Dinner initiative in the area, providing a positive Christmas experience for young care leavers. Tom and Alexa discuss the importance of this, recognising that this time of year can be very difficult and emotionally confusing for lots of care experienced young people, as well as reflecting on the privilege many of us have around Christmas. Alexa says that if they are able to create one happy memory for one young person, then the initiative will be a success. This festive episode will uplift and inspire you and serves as a reminder for us all to ensure we are looking after others in our communities.

Tom Hogg, our host!

“I’m Tom, a social worker and Frontline fellow originally from Durham. I currently practice in a west London local authority, having previously worked in a children’s services in the north east. Working in two different areas has deepened my perspective of the challenges social workers face across the country. I want to know how the systems we live and work in can change for the better, and I’m excited to facilitate conversations on big issues facing social workers today as well as hear about inspirational work and projects that help shape the outcomes for young people and families. Outside of social work, I play the drums in a wedding/party band, and support (/put up with) Newcastle United.”

Learning from lockdown

In this special series, you’ll hear from inspiring people and organisations who adapted to the coronavirus pandemic and what you can learn from their experiences.