Third Sector launches small charities podcast series


Third Sector is set to launch a new podcast series that will focus on the vital work of small charities and not-for-profits. 

The podcast is titled The Diff, a play on Third Sector’s former magazine strapline “championing those who make a difference”.

It is hosted by the radio presenter and film critic Rhianna Dhillon, who has previously presented for channels including BBC Radio 1 and The Radio Times Podcast. 

The pilot series will run from 13 to 17 November, with three episodes that focus on a group of charities and not-for-profits that work in the prevention of knife crime. 

Guests include Patrick Green, chief executive of the Ben Kinsella Trust and Nathaniel Peat, founder of The Safety Box CIC. 

Green and Peat discuss the context of the “knife crime epidemic” as a systemic issue that requires a commitment to sustained cultural change across senior political and corporate figures. 

Also featured is the youth charity StreetDoctors, which empowers young people most likely to be affected by violence by equipping them with the vital first-aid skills required to save someone’s life. 

Lucie Russell, chief executive of the charity, talks to Rhianna about the importance of taking a trauma-informed approach to StreetDoctors’ work. 

And in the third episode The Diff hears from the Brixton-based charity the Synergy Theatre Project, which delivers groundbreaking work across theatre and the criminal justice system.

The charity has worked with more than 700 prisoners and ex-prisoners in the past five years, 97 per cent of whom have not reoffended. 

Emily Burt, editor of Third Sector said: “Recording this pilot series of The Diff has been an immensely eye-opening and rewarding experience, and I hope it will prove an engaging and valuable listen for our audience – and beyond.

“We have taken a different approach to showcasing the vital work of charities with this project, and I hope the powerful stories of our guests speak for themselves. 

“Thank you to all of our guests who joined us for the pilot, and to the talented team of young producers who put the project together.” 

The first episode of The Diff, featuring Peat and Green, will be published on 13 November.

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