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136 Ann McLaughlin Author

136 Ann McLaughlin Author


Ann discusses her book, World Change-Maker: Build Skills in International Development and Social Work. Ann’s book is full of stories – as is this podcast – to help people understand how half the world lives. People who grasp these gritty realities and have the essential skills are more likely to get an international job.

Ann  worked 20 years as a psychotherapist/ social worker and then worked in international development. For the last 20 years she has directed NGOabroad ( providing international career counseling. Ann was asked to write a book on international social work. Ann knew that we did not need one more book on the problems, but a book on the practical skills needed on the ground. Change-making skills are much the same to create change in your own community or country as those skills needed internationally.

See more about World Change-Maker: Build Skills in International Development and Social Work here: The easiest way to get it is online from the publisher:

Though many of NGOabroad’s international volunteer programs are closed due to COVID, if you answer Questionnaire found on the website and send with resume we can figure out where you best fit. International career counseling and trainings are still available. Ann is currently working on two follow-up books. She also offers Transformation and Empowerment Coaching to those who want to become change-makers in their own community or country. See

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135 a small but important charity

135 a small but important charity

Grantown Remakery is a small but important charity which I talked about, a year or so ago, with George Livingstone as the guest.It seemed a good idea to see how they weathered the pandemic and did George have views on how the wider community could support the causes and challenges they saw.

It is one of dozens of charities created to improve the quality of life of several vulnerable groups, whose chances in life are threatened by no fault of their own and an underfunded statutory provision. They strive to help balance inequality and create opportunity.

Grantown Remakery  provides Employment Skills Development, volunteering opportunities and support for Young People who may be having difficulty in Transition from School to Further Education and Employment, Adults with a Disability or with Mental Ill-Health, supporting all in their journey to recovery and towards fulfilment of their personal goals.
It aims to provide an alternative to landfill disposal by repairing, upgrading, recycling and reselling of goods through a Community based system. This helps pay for coaching and supervision
They have developed strong business relationships with both Partners and the Local Community to identify the best service for individuals in need of support and skills development within strong environmental awareness and action

We talk of the wider social trends and challenges faced by those they help. 3 strands of work for the 3 days they can afford to open.

1) Working with young learning disabled adults often isolated and lonely

2) Existing work with children helping to transition from school to further education.

3) developing a partnership with Job Centre Plus and 16 to 25 year olds who were deemed ‘not work ready’

It is a community social work scheme whose value to the area is significant, especially when the fall out from the pandemic adds to the existing challenges from rural poverty.

Contact them on Facebook or at their website or email

OR phone 01479 873612 

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134  Magnolia. Missing Children Ukraine

134 Magnolia. Missing Children Ukraine


Marina Lypovetska, head of 116 000 in Ukraine and head of projects in NGO “Magnolia”, board member of International Federation Missing Children Europe, talks to me about her work and the huge challenges they face. The difficulties of tracing missing children is obviously compounded by the impact of the pandemic and now the war.

In her own words:-

“From my early youth, I’d been definitely sure about what I shall do to make a difference – so I graduated National Dragomanova University as a master’s degree in psychology. Then I started to work “in fields” with children and families in difficult living conditions as a governmental social worker. After a few years, when I felt, that I can be more helpful in non-governmental area, I’ve joined NGO “Magnolia”s team. I am 8 years here and this way was great, and now, despite of war, I am planning to strengthen my organization to ensure needed support to families and missing children.”

NGO Magnolia was founded more than 20 years ago by a group of journalists to protect the rights of vulnerable children and families and to support the search for
missing children through publicity appeals.
Cooperating with almost 30 TV channels and advertising agencies, we share posters of missing children and video appeals from their families.
Since its start, NGO Magnolia contributed to the search for more than 2200 children (before war) and more than 2367 since the start of war.

In 2015,  NGO “Magnolia” became a co-founder of The Ukrainian Child Rights Network. In 2017,  NGO “Magnolia” became a co-founder of the coalition “Against tortures”. In November 2017, they joined in the European Federation for Missing and Sexually Exploited Children ‘Missing Children Europe’ . In 2018, NGO “Magnolia” joined Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum as a member.

If someone needs their help in search for missing children , you can contact them via chat on their Facebook pages or Telegram-bot @missingchildren_bot

The hot-line for missing children is 116 000

You can support NGO “Magnolia” here:

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