The Change Makers

The Change Makers winner: Joe Dickinson

Winner of The Change Makers 2014, Joe Dickinson is the UK’s top social innovator.

We received more than one hundred nominations for our The Change Makers competition but it was Joe Dickinson who wowed the judges with his Call and Check service, a simple scheme which sees postmen and women checking on vulnerable people in Jersey.

Joe was surprised to have been nominated, honoured to have won and full of praise for his colleagues at Jersey Post.  “It’s the directors and staff that made Call and Check happen”.

Passionate about supporting vulnerable people, Joe hopes the scheme will spread. “It’s not rocket science, it’s simple. We call and check on elderly and vulnerable people and, if need be, connect them to health or social services. We are not carers. We just care about our community”, he says.

“A gem of an idea”, judge Camila Batmanghelidjh, founder and Director, Kids Company.

Visit the Call and Check website

The Runner Up - Josh Littlejohn, Social Bite

Josh Littlejohn, co-founder of Social Bite

Runner up Josh Littlejohn, is one of the founders of Social Bite. A collection of sandwich shops in Edinburgh and Glasgow, Social Bite is run as a social business, employing homeless people and donating all profits to charities to create as big a social benefit as possible.

Josh impressed John Bird, judge and founder and creator of The Big Issue, who described him as “the real thing and very inspirational.”

Visit the Social Bite website

Second Runner Up - Nathan Roberts, A Band of Brothers

Nathan Roberts, CEO of A Band of Brothers

Nathan Roberts, CEO of A Band of Brothers, is second runner up. The Brighton based charity seeks to change what they see as a real waste of young men’s lives by creating powerful mentoring networks.

Impressed by Nathan and his work, Eleanor Mills, editorial director for the Sunday Times called A Band of Brothers “massively necessary and topical”.

Visit the website for A Band Of Brothers


The Finalists

Rachel Medill, Ride High
Ride High is a Milton Keynes charity teaching children to ride and care for horses.

Veronica Franklin Gould, Arts 4 Dementia
Arts 4 Dementia encourages arts organisations to provide workshops for people with dementia and their carers.

David Ebsworth, The Portico Project
The Portico Project is designed to encourage local shopping in Malvern, Worcestershire, "... a sort of Nectar card for the town."

Darwin Bernardo, Nutmeg Community Project
Works with young people aged 11 to 25 in northwest London to combat disengagement and knife crime.

Nick Davies,
A digital platform to connect community projects with businesses that can help support them.

Emma Cerrone, Free:formers
A technology company that helps businesses with digital workshops, training an unemployed youngster for every business person it trains.

Nigel Adams, Hope Nottingham
A Christian charity and one-stop community café run by volunteers to help people "in all sorts of crises".