Journeymen, Craftswomen, Artists and Voyagers – heritage podcasts

Sit yourself down, get cosy, put your feet up and listen to the six-part podcast series celebrating the cultural life of a City, “The Potteries” – Stoke-on-Trent.

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stories and songs about a unique place and it’s people

Click here to listen to Journeymen, Craftswomen, Artists and Voyagers on Anchor FM or Spotify.

The podcasts were made for the Under One Roof project supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

With different guests featured in each episode and wonderful musicians, you will be guided through the City’s history through tales and tunes.

Click on the titles to go straight to each podcast episode on Anchor FM.

The Great Jewel Box with The Fire Underground

Episode one puts the big light on this mysterious place where you can be standing in your own front porch museum, while a fire rages somewhere deep underground. With guests Danny Callahan, Artist, Designer and Historian and Gillie Nicholls, Composer, Musician, Potter and Sculptor.

The Small Stories in Every Day Things

Episode two in the series tells of the small stories in everyday things and the special ways of releasing them. With guests Alan Whiting: Musician and former Pottery Worker sharing his story of Jean Wooten told through a song, and Gabriella Gay: Poet, Teacher, Antique Dealer and member of Kwanzaa Collective UK made up of Artists, Academics and Activists Of Colour.

For the Sake of Times Gone By

Episode three in the series ends 2020 with remembrance and reflections, “Plight of the potters” with Phillip Hardaker Sculptor and Public Artist; Jennifer Spice, Poet and Researcher reflects on 2020; and a song for all times with a version of Auld Lang Syne recorded to take a moment to hold dear those who have passed. 

No Going Back

Episode four is an interview with Deb McAndrew acclaimed playwright on how the Potteries influenced her work and a retrospective of a past commission by the North Staffs Miners Wives Action group in 2015. It features No Going Back recorded in the early nineties sung by founders of the group, “Coalminers Blues” bluegrass mining song and footage from the Staffordshire Film Archive.

Traces of Their Toil

Episode five features Ray Johnson on the creation of the Staffordshire Film Archive and in particular the importance of documenting the city’s mining history from the perspective of those who worked in the industry. With tunes by Chris Bevington Organisation sung and played by Scott Ralph.

Bring your cuppa and chat on the virtual friendly bench!

In the winter months we are making a safe friendly place to get together online, in the short dark days of January.

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Under One Roof is a community heritage project based in and around St Mark’s Church in Shelton, Stoke on Trent. Every one has a history and we love to hear it!

If you want some company, chance to chat, see some smiling faces, and find out about the Under One Roof project, just pop in. No need to stay for an hour, just come and say hello!

The Friendly Bench is on zoom in January on four dates:

• Sunday 10th January 4-5pm

• Sunday 17th January 4-5pm

• Thursday 21st January 11am-12noon

• Thursday 28th January 11am-12noon

Please book, using eventbrite so we can send you the link to the zoom meetings. We have to do this so we know who is coming. This helps us make the Friendly Bench safe and welcoming.

Let us know if there is anything we can do to help you take part in the meeting on zoom. Email or phone Lynne 0751 881 3131


Stoke-on-Trent Community Share Network 20th Jan 2021

Connect and share information, skills and resources, and build a mutual support network in Stoke on Trent.

Totally Stoked and All the Small Things CIC are hosting a connect and share event for Voluntary Organisations and Community Groups in Stoke on Trent. This event is about funding and income generation.

Join us on Wednesday 20th January from 9.45am to 1pm on Zoom online.

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At the workshop we will:-

  • Get to know each other
  • Talk about challenges and successes
  • Exchange know-how and resources (skills, experience and information)
  • Learn from each other
  • Explore the potential for a city wide mutual support Network
  • Think about how we can collaborate and not compete.

There will be three speakers who will be talking about funding opportunities and sharing stories and tips for successful income generation.

The event will enable us to identify shared interests, concerns and resources and ideas for future network development.

The aim is to strengthen the networks in the city, building on collaboration that has increased during the pandemic.

Anyone who is working (paid or unpaid) in communities in the city is welcome.

Please book your place on eventbrite and we will send you the Zoom link to take part.

If you would like some help to use Zoom, please email or call 07518 813131

Fun Seasonal Children’s Activities from Under One Roof

Under One Roof project logo in a Christmas bauble and the words "seasons greetings"

Under One Roof project wishes you Season’s Greetings!

We have created a fun pack for you to enjoy over the holiday season. Feel free to share your creations on social media, or just with your friends and family at home.

introduction to the activity pack with the words "get busy and get creative" and blue and red flowers.
Thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Here’s a little taster of what you will find – a lovely colouring sheet!

Read all about Clarice Cliff and her amazing designs, then try it yourself.

Think about how you can help up light up your community this winter. We all need a warm glow, this year more than ever.

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Find out about Under One Roof here.

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Snuggle down, get cosy and comfortable and listen to our heritage podcast series Journeymen, Craftswomen, Artists and Voyagers. Local history stories and music, to make you smile.

Thanks to Emily Beddows for creating the activities.

Introduction to Community Organising

Do you want to learn how to organise in your community and make a difference to where you live?

Would you like to be part of a local and national network of Community Organisers leading social change?

The Introduction to Community Organising course is a starting point for anybody who is interested in community organising.

The course is in two parts. You need to do both sessions. There are three opportunities to do the course – December 2020, January and March 2021.

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Monday 14th and Monday 21st December from 9.30am to 1pm.

Tuesday 19th and Tuesday 26th January 2021 from 9.30am to 1pm.

Wednesday 3rd and Wednesday 10th March 2021 from 9.30am to 1pm.

This free training is part of “It’s Not as Simple as Black and White” project to raise awareness of what brings us together rather than what divides us.

In this course we will explore

• the importance of listening to build relationships and uncover issues

• power in communities and why it matters

• how to motivate people to take action

• how to take your next steps in community organising & social action

The course will be on Zoom online. There are 15 places on the training.

All participants receive a Certificate of Participation if you attend both workshops.

Please book so that we can send you the link to the Zoom training sessions.

Click here for the eventbrite booking link for December 2020.

Click here for the eventbrite booking link for January 2021.

Click here for the eventbrite booking link for March 2021.

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The course will be run three times between December and March so if you cannot come in December please let us know and we will send you information about the other dates.

Further one-day courses are available focusing on practical aspects of community organising, plus longer courses for those who want to train as fully qualified community organisers.

Stoke-on-Trent North Community Share Network

On 30th September we hosted a virtual community share network event. The purpose of the event was to share stories of how Covid-19 had affected groups and organisations’ ability to carry out their usual work or social action. It was a really useful session to ecplore how people had to adapt or change as a result of Covid-19 restrictions.

Click here to watch a recording of the event


Iona Jones from The Angel, Cobridge

We’re happy for you to share with others what we’ve been able to do over the past few months. It isn’t anything like as much as we hoped but at least we’ve had some contact with our lovely Angel and Cobridge Kiddies people.

  • During their permitted hourly exercise walks at the beginning of lockdown, Catherine and the children delivered plants and sweets to cheer up the older folk who attend activities at The Angel. They chatted to people at a safe distance.
  • They also delivered fun activities bags to Cobridge Kiddies families – including one toilet roll in each bag as this was at the time of the great toilet roll shortage!
  • We recorded Howard reading stories and playing songs for the Cobridge Kiddies and Angel Facebook pages and we’ve just started doing FB live recordings for Humpty Dumpty Club and have had more people watching than normally attend the group.
  • We had funding from Food for Life and gave out vegetable seeds to all the Angel people and the CK families (plus ‘how to grow’ books for the children). We also gave each person/family a £10 Aldi voucher to use as they needed.
  •  We had more funding from a philanthropist and so Howard made loaves and scones and we gave individuals and families cream teas. With the same funding we bought more Aldi vouchers and are giving out larger amounts to people in significant need as we find out about them.
  •  Howard has been making occasional phone calls to check how people are.
  • As part of my part time role with My Community Matters, I hosted two pot luck picnics at The Angel, funded by Food for Life. Because of very limited space and the need to be Covid safe, there were just 3 people plus me at the first one and 4 people (all from the same family) and me at the second one.
  • My Community Matters has also commissioned Howard to make some cooking videos which are being posted on the MCM FB page.
  • We’ve received some ward budget to buy sanitising equipment in order to make The Angel Covid safer.
  • We didn’t do take away soup or coffee mornings as it was logistically very difficult.
  • We haven’t been able to look after the community garden for the past few months and so it’s very overgrown. The good news is that we’ve partnered with Number 11 in Burslem as they have a new gardening team called Dig Deep. They are coming this Friday and next Monday to help us to get the garden back into shape so that we can re-start the weekly sessions with a small group of young people.         

Daniel Lyttleton – My Community Matters

In Burslem I have been meeting with the camera club, walking in the park and meeting new people in the area at a safe distance. It has been lovely to see how a simple act of walking with cameras can help to prompt conversations and build new relationships in this vital community asset. 

The group have helped to form relationships with other groups, such as the bowlers and regular exercise group for the elderly, which we have also made work about. 

The group received funding for a community picnic, which we spread over a couple of weeks to help maintain engagement with certain members that couldn’t make the initial date. We have documented this with photographs, along with individuals’ portraits of the people we have met throughout the weekly meet. 

The group would like to take some ownership of the allotment space in the park, and we have discussed this idea with the allotment manager. 

We are now in the process of setting up a CIC, and see if we look for funding for future ideas, creative workshops, talks, cooking sessions etc. 

In this difficult time, we have all managed to remain positive through these weekly meets, and phone calls, whilst facilitating the natural interests of the group. 

Speakers from the Network Event

John Webbe Emmaus

John spoke of how he had to furlough staff during lockdown.  He still saw a need for people to drop off donations so he worked a few hours in the week with a couple of volunteers to open the shop to accept donations socially distanced.  He also sold items on his Facebook page and people were able to collect them safely.

During lockdown he has supported agencies in supplying furniture for homeless people who were found accommodation to keep them safe off the streets.  In fact, in ran out of beds and then had problems purchasing more because of the lack of wood.

Emmaus has recently employed a Volunteer Co-Ordinator to support the volunteers.  To be flexible and get more customers through the door Emmaus now sells – bric-a-brac, clothes, electrical goods and paint. 

John is going to send us the presentation that we can pass onto others.

Vicki Gwynne Middleport Matters

Vicki told us of how they diversified during lockdown and supported over 30 families in the area with food and essentials during lockdown. The also sent out activity packs and homework to the young people to keep them busy. Staff are now knocking on doors to talk to the vulnerable people in the neighbourhood.  Through COVID they had 3 staff and 4 volunteers.  Now they have 6 staff and 5 volunteers.

Middleport Matters is funded by the Lottery, £300K for 3 years and other funds vary – CV19 funding received was £18,500 which was all returned to the community.

Middleport Matters next barrier will be continued funding now that the ‘emergency grants’ have ended as they have identified that there is a need for financial and food ongoing support as well as the social support that they have capacity for.  Then identifying the at-risk individuals who are not already known to them.  Vicki said that social distancing and shielding was very apparent in the older generation but they safely knocked on doors and supported them with food, puzzles, books and a chat.

What people found interesting at the Event

  • Was good to see how other small charities have coped and are coping in the pandemic.
  • Hearing everyone’s experiences
  • Vicki’s use of statistics and knowledge of her area to really target the support needed
  • All the good work happening within our communities
  • Great to hear what organisations are doing in more depth and the impact it has had on groups and individuals.
  • Hearing how different organisations have been impacted and how they have had to adapt their services
  • Given me some engagement ideas to initiate
  • Useful to network and reconnect with other groups
  • Is good to work in unison with others and not in competition.
  • Liked the collaboration tools used and was good to engage with other members of the group

Future topics for Next Events

  • Training volunteers for COVID secure events.  How do volunteers differ to staff in terms of working bubbles?
  • Keeping volunteers engaged during this time
  • An event focussed on older people in communities
  • Partnership/collaborative grant applications and how we can support each other more

Further Information

  • VAST are doing a volunteer management course session in a few weeks.  Contact them for more information
  • YASHA are here to build safe relationships around women affected by prostitution and sexual exploitation.  To provide practical and emotional support and also chaplaincy support. They can help women find routes out.
  • Middleport Matters has a Youth Forum with 23 Children and Young People if you want youth voice for ideas/activities

Running Zoom meetings workshop

We hosted a workshop on the 13th August 2020 to give people tips for running good Zoom meetings.

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Click the links below to find out more.

Here are the notes from the meeting.

Here is a recording of the workshop you can watch back.

Here are some useful guides to using Zoom.

JOB: Project Coordinator

Under One Roof Heritage Project is recruiting a Project Coordinator for an immediate start.

Closing date 12 midday 27th July.

Salary £25,000 pro rata, 23 hours a week.

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For more information and to ask for an application pack
please email
or download directly from dropbox – follow this link to the Job Pack 

Please feel free to share as widely as possible.

Peer Support for Coronavirus Community Helpers

Are you helping people in your community to cope with Coronavirus?

Thank You for all of the hard work you are doing in your workplaces and communities at this time.

All the Small Things CiC is a Social Action Hub. We have signed up to the Community Action Response for COVID-19.

You are invited to join regular peer support sessions online, for community helpers.

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We are working with local partner organisations to make sure people know where to get support and how to make a difference in their communities.

As a Social Action Hub we bring people taking social action together to help us all to share experiences and learn together. One of the ways we do this is with Peer Mentoring Groups.

AtST coronavirus community support peer mentoring group

Peer Mentoring Groups last up to two hours. We
  • have time to meet each other
  • hear what we are all doing in our communities,
  • talk about concerns and questions we would like help with
  • suggest places we can go for guidance, advice and more support

We have had funding from the National Emergencies Trust through Staffordshire Community Foundation from June to September to run two sessions a month.

We are now able to offer monthly sessions led by the Local Organising Group for North Staffs.

The last session was on the 21st January, on the theme of Loneliness. Read more here.

The next session is on Thursday 18th February from 3.30-5pm on zoom.

If you are a community group, charity or an individual volunteer, please contact us if you are interested.

Please email Penny or Sarah allthesmallthingscic @
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Please register with the Stoke Covid-19 Support Networks.

This will help your local Council coordinate the response to make sure no one is missed.
It will also mean you get updates and support for your efforts.

Women’s Peacemaker project reaching new communities

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All the Small Things CiC have got funding from Stoke on Trent City Council to support women in the city to reach into new communities with the Women’ s Peacemaker Project.

We will be working in Normacot from September 2019 and Tunstall from January 2020.

peacemakers galleryThe Women’s Peacemaker Project started in Shelton and Cobridge in 2017. We brought a group of women together to meet regularly and listen to each other. We shared what makes us feel safe and things that caused us concern and make us feel unsafe.

Together we decided things we would like to focus on, invited experts to train us and did our own research to find out more. We made a plan for action.

With our new funding the group will have training and mentoring to reach out and involve other women, to listen to them and help them identify their priorities. We will develop a strong collective voice, plan and take action to make our communities safer for everyone.

For more information, to take part and to join our mailing list please email