How Stand Out helped our alumni

9 November 2021

We have spoken to Finn Oldfield, Stand Out alumni, about the journey since graduating earlier this year and how UpRising helped him find a new direction. Finn also has some exciting news to share about an upcoming conference he has helped organise! 

My name is Finn Oldfield, I'm currently an organiser, communications professional, and journalism trainee at News Associates. I'm very passionate about combating classism and championing social mobility efforts. I love to read and am a bit of a Doctor Who nerd in my spare time (I definitely would choose this topic if I were to go on Mastermind!)

Before UpRising, I had just graduated in the middle of the pandemic, I lost my job in retail, and had little to no hope for the future. The structure and outlook that UpRising gave me everyday was second to none. I made connections, learned about the world of work, but most importantly it gave me a sense of direction and a community that supported my professional and personal goals. 

Since graduating from UpRising, I've been featured in the Independent (I have the solution to climate crisis anxiety – radical optimism | The Independent), I took part in an investigative reporting project for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism that was featured in a BBC report:
What I saw inside Merseyside's evictions courts - by The Post - The Post ( and I now work as the Communications Lead for a social enterprise called the People's Powerhouse. 

I'd love to take this opportunity in fact to invite you all to join us on November 24th & 25th to take part in discussions about the future of the North and the wider UK, with guest speakers ranging from Metro Mayors Andy Burnham and Tracy Brabin, to Kim Leadbeater MP and Nazir Afzal OBE. 

The full programme and ticket link can be found on our website and social media: Powerhouse Home ( I look forward to seeing you all there!