In Frontline’s new podcast, Stories of Change, we’ll be joined by amazing people and organisations who share our mission to bring about social change and make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable children and families. You’ll hear their stories and advice and, I hope, join in the conversation as we learn together along the way.
Emmanuel Akpan-Inwang: Pioneering a new approach for children’s homes
In this episode, we speak to Emmanuel Akpan-Inwang, a former teacher, care leaver, and founder and Director of Lighthouse. Lighthouse is a social enterprise pioneering a new model of children’s home. The new approach aims to radically improve outcomes for looked after children by focusing on education. In recognition of his work in this area, Emmanuel was voted one of The Big Issue’s Top 100 Changemakers for 2020. With the often negative portrayal of children’s homes in the media, he talks about the need to take a dramatically different approach. Finally, Emmanuel shares what he thinks it takes to bring about real change for disadvantaged children in society.
“I’m Beth Vecchione, Frontline fellow, social worker, and podcast host for series two of Frontline’s Stories of Change. To share a bit more about me, I grew up in Oxford. When I was born, my dad wanted to call me ‘Betty’, which he still does to this day! From an early age, I’ve loved to dance. Staying active helped me to keep out of trouble and focussed as a teenager. In 2019, I set up ‘Care to Dance’ – a social enterprise that uses dance to improve the wellbeing and confidence of children in care. I believe it’s so important for young people to have a safe and caring space to go and express themselves. As podcast host, I’ve enjoyed hearing from others who are making a difference. I also like to talk…a lot…to the extent that the young people I work with through Care to Dance have given me the nickname ‘Stacey Solomon’!”
Learning from Lockdown
In this special series, we heard from amazing people and organisations who had adapted to the coronavirus pandemic, lessons they’ve learned along the way and expectations for life after lockdown.
Learning from Lockdown’s host
“I’m Leila Hidayat, Events Officer at Frontline, and podcast host for this special edition of Frontline’s Stories of Change. To share a bit more about me, I grew up by the seaside in Kent. I am of dual heritage, spending my early years in Indonesia and the south of France. I am passionate about people, and the charity sector. In my spare time, I volunteer for St Christopher’s Hospice and Save the Children. A funny lockdown routine I’ve got into is cycling from my home in south London to my favourite chicken shop as part of my daily exercise! I’ve learnt a great deal along the way, and have enjoyed speaking to and hearing stories and advice from amazing people who are doing everything they can for children and families at a difficult time. I hope that you enjoy it too!”