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Stories for your ears – your podcast picks for summer listening

6 August 2021

Podcasts have grown in popularity recently, especially with the rising use of digital media. They can be both educating and inspiring while allowing the listener to multitask like a pro.

They have also seen a boost in the charity sector, with new podcasts still emerging. So, we asked you, our CharityComms Twitter followers for your top sector podcast recommendations. Take a look through the suggestions and get ready to build your summer podcast playlist…

Do More Good

Shining a light on those doing good, Kenneth Foreman and James Wright’s Do More Good podcast comes highly recommended for its easy-going vibe. Covering even the hardest topics in a relaxed nature – this duo even record the episodes in the pub.

With a range of guests that share their stories and insights into influential campaigns, this is definitely one to tune into for a behind the scenes peek of the work that is involved in creating comms that have real impact. Plus you can even find out the secrets of their podcast kit bag.

Ashgate Hospicecare’s The Life and Death Podcast

Tackling a sensitive topic with ease, The Life and Death Podcast’s host Stephen Rumford, talks to people with experiences of death and dying. From the spiritual to the practical, it emphasises how good end of life support can help others with their journey and foster an understanding of their thoughts and feelings.

The Charity CEO Podcast

Featuring CEOs from across the sector, The Charity CEO Podcast hosted by Dhivya O’Connor shares an insight into the challenges faced by charity leaders. From the pandemic to diversity and inclusion, and how we can achieve change through collaboration and learning, this podcast covers a wide scope of topics for you to delve into.

Starts at the Top

Charities have had a lot to contend with in having to adapt swiftly to digital services amid uncertainty, so it’s wonderful to see a podcast that responds to that while being encouraging and inspiring. Starts at the top hosted by Zoe Amar and Paul Thomas aims to help leaders with their digital challenges by asking guests for their learnings and their tips on how to adapt to digital change, while maintaining a sense of wellbeing.

Live with Laura

Forth Valley Sensory Centre’s Podcast, Live with Laura supports those affected with visual or hearing loss, and their families/ wider community by covering topics around sight loss, accessibility, BSL, guide dogs and more. Laura’s guests also share their favourite songs making it a really positive and uplifting listen.

Charities Aid Foundation’s Giving Thought podcast

If you are looking for insight on new technologies and philanthropy, then The Giving Thought podcast series from the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) could be the one for you. Covering themes such as charity resilience, corporate and individual giving, and digital innovation, host Rhodri Davies guides listeners through a range of themes and issues and what they mean for civil society.

So whether you are already an avid podcast fan or a new convert looking for inspiration we hope you enjoy the recommendations that have come from the CharityComms network – a big thank you to everyone who shared their listening suggestions.

Plus we just wanted to say it’s wonderful to see new podcasts launching from the sector all the time so do look out for these and in particular be sure to check out Coppafeel’s Boob Share which is released next week.

If you have any more podcast recommendations you’d like to share with your fellow charity communicators pop them in the replies on this tweet or tag us in @CharityComms.

P.S. If you haven’t already check out our very own podcast with episodes on wellbeing, inspiring communicators and so much more. You can also find more podcast recommendations from one of our trustees here.

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Adel Hanily

digital content officer, CharityComms

Adel is the digital content officer at CharityComms, managing the social media channels and supporting content planning. She has a background in various sectors including event ticketing, PR, and charity content. She is passionate about communications and helping those with personal or physical barriers to succeed.