Then One Day… explores the moment when communities come together. From saving local landmarks, to creating life changing services in times of need – we’ll be meeting leaders from across the community business world who have spotted extraordinary opportunities to create positive change in their own neighbourhoods.

Join host Veronica Gordon as she finds out what it takes to launch a successful community-led organisation and hear about the passion, grit and collective spirit that goes into getting these inspiring projects off the ground.

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Then One Day: The surf school that put South Shields on the map

Passionate surfer Nick Jones runs South Shields Surf School on Sandhaven beach in the North East of the UK. His school doesn’t just help local surf fans practise their skills, Nick gets young people, disadvantaged families and people with disabilities all into the ocean to have fun, grow in confidence and improve their wellbeing.

In this episode, presenter Veronica Gordon hears from Nick about how local people convinced him to make his business more community focused; she chats to Mandie Smedley from organisation Family Gateway who work closely with the school; and meets Head Teacher Dave Borrell who changes his students’ attitudes through surfing with Nick.

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Bonus Episode: How to buy community buildings

In our latest mini-episode, Nudge‘s Hannah Sloggett is back to give us some insider tips on how to buy community assets and give them a new lease of life.

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Then One Day: United by One Voice

In this episode, we hear from an organisation that is changing the aspirations and mental health of their local young people…One Voice at a time. One Voice Blackburn was set up in 2011 by a group of locals who wanted to inspire their young people to believe in themselves and value their local community through activities, events, support and charitable campaigns.

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Bonus Episode: Working with children

In this bonus episode, we hear from Caroline Afolabi-Deleu, the Founding Director of Success4All, a Newcastle-based charity that is fighting for education equality. Caroline will be offering up her top tips on how to set up a community business that puts children first.

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Then One Day: Revolution in the Bookshop

This week, we head to Veronica’s hometown of Southampton, to learn about October Books, a bookshop that has been serving it’s local community for 44 years. We’ll find out how the shop has had to adapt through the ages, from fending off bailiffs to making international news.

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Bonus Episode: Setting up a food business

This week, we are joined by Farhad Negipooran from Derby’s Food and Education Enterprise. He offers up his top 5 tips on what to look out for when setting up a community food business.

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Then One Day: Unity on Union Street

In this episode, we meet Hannah Sloggett and Wendy Hart, from Nudge Community Builders and learn how they’re reviving Plymouth’s neglected Union Street by nudging along one building at a time.

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Bonus episode: How to create self-managing teams

In 2020, businesses have had to rely on their staff to motivate and manage themselves. From CEOs to the most junior members of the team, everyone has had to adapt to keep the wheels turning throughout this pandemic. For NEDCare‘s Julia Darby, it was clear that she was trying to take on too much by attempting to oversee every element of the business. Something had to change, so she implemented a new ethos of self management throughout NEDCare – instantly she felt more relaxed and productivity was high. In this episode Julia gives us her top 5 tips on how to create a successful, self managing team.

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Then One Day: Caring for your Community

Today, we head to North East Dartmoor to hear from a community who took care work into their own hands after being let down by external care providers. North East Dartmoor Care (NEDCare) goes out of its way to serve the local community… from the four wheel drive volunteers who deliver carers to work safely in the snow, to the locals going out of their way to take elderly clients up onto the blustery Moors. Now, they want to help other communities do the same.

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Bonus episode: How to reach your community in lockdown

As we’re in the depths of another lockdown, you might be wondering how your organisation can connect with and serve your community in new and safe ways. Upper Norwood Library Hub in South East London has done just that. They’ve moved much of their busy events schedule online. In this bonus episode, we’re hearing from Galina Rin and Margaret Adjaye at the library. The team tell us how they started live streaming events online to provide for and connect with their community during lockdown.

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Then One Day: Storms, community shares and the lido that keeps surviving

Jubilee Pool in Penzance is a striking art deco salt-water lido, built in the 1930s. It has always been a very special part of the Cornish community until disaster struck in 2014. A devastating storm nearly destroyed the outdoor pool and forced it to close. Since then, the community have come together not only to save the lido but to ensure swimmers can get their well-being fix all year round, come rain, wind or snow.

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Bonus episode: How to get the best out of your volunteers

Today, we are joined again by Abigail Holsborough from Brixton Windmill to give us her top 5 tips on how to get the best out of your volunteers.

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Then One Day…We took on the fashion industry

In this episode, we learn about a group of women who are fighting against the growing fast fashion industry in Manchester by creating Stitched Up, a sustainably conscious community hub.

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Bonus episode: Navigating Legal Structures

In our last episode, we learnt about a Windmill that had taken on charity status to better serve the local community. In this bonus episode, Sheffield Live‘s Steve Buckley gives us a gentle introduction to legal structures.

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Then One Day…How a windmill helped a community in lockdown

In this episode, we’re heading to South London. We’re learning how a group of locals united to restore an unusual local landmark and more recently, supply hundreds of bags of flour for a community in lockdown. We’re off to the Brixton Windmill!

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Bonus episode: How to raise community shares

In our latest episode, we heard from Rebecca McIntyre from the Anglers Rest pub in Derbyshire. Today, she’s back to give us some essential tips about how to raise community shares and save a local asset.

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Then One Day… We Saved a Pub!

The Anglers Rest in Bamford is a treasured pub where people from around the Peak District go not only to eat and drink, but to socialise, share stories and listen to live music. In 2012, the pub came under threat and the community decided to take action. Today’s podcast tells the tale of how a determined group in Derbyshire saved the last pub in their village and reignited the community’s spirit.

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Community Business Fix

In 2018, we launched The Community Business Fix, exploring how community businesses are tackling some of the biggest issues we face, from the climate crisis and food poverty to making spaces inclusive.


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