• Lockdown Life – bringing people together to tell stories for change

    Over the course of Lockdown, we have worked with Z2K to bring together people with experience of Universal Credit and the Private Rented Sector (PRS) using online groups to counter some of the isolation of Lockdown and give voice to their views on what Life After Lockdown should look like. In this guest blog Rose Bernstein, Z2K’s Tenants Voice and Campaigns Officer talks about the workshops, stories and their campaign.

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  • Amanda Hailes: Absence Of Evidence Is Not Evidence Of Absence

    Amanda Hailes is part of the Hull-based women’s collective An Untold Story, who have all been involved in street prostitution in Hull and their book An Untold Story tells the stories of their lives through poetry, interviews, prose and artwork. In this guest blog she talks about their recent collaboration with artists Henry/Bragg on the photo exhibition ‘Absence of Evidence’; 14 images honouring 14 women, friends, who have died. Amanda is also part of our Being the Story Spokesperson Network. 

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  • Addressing Poverty with Lived Experience: Artur & Aida’s Story

    Artur and Aida are a couple originally from Albania now living in London with three young children. For several years now, they have been involved with ATD Fourth World, a founding member of the APLE (Addressing Poverty with Lived Experience) Collective. ATD Fourth World—All Together in Dignity—is a human rights based anti-poverty organisation, with more […]

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  • Tips and Tricks for Beginning to Share your Story

    Throughout Lockdown we have been working with Family Rights Group’s Parent and Kinship Carer panel members, keen to share their stories and personal experiences of the UK Care system. During one of the sessions the group had the opportunity to hear from three inspiring speakers who shared their insights into storytelling. The speakers were radio producer Milly Chowles, Ghost writer Jo Monroe and author and campaigner Winnie M Li. Here we share key words of wisdom for all of you interested in sharing your stories and who might not be sure how or where to begin. 

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  • I Never Knew the Worth of the Law Centre Until Grenfell

    North Kensington Law Centre was the first law centre to open its doors in the UK in 1970 and this Friday they are celebrating their 50th anniversary. With support from The National Lottery Community Fund and The Tudor Trust, we’ve been working with them to capture the stories of their clients, trustees, and staff past and present to put a spotlight on the importance of access to justice for all.  Halima was a client of North Kensington Law Centre. In this guest blog she shares how she first came to hear of the law centre following the Grenfell incident, and the trust and support the community has received from the Law Centre since. 

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  • Small Town Dreams to Big City Reality – My Journey to Becoming a Solicitor

    North Kensington Law Centre was the first law centre to open its doors in the UK in 1970 and this Friday they are celebrating their 50th anniversary. With support from The National Lottery Community Fund and The Tudor Trust, we’ve been working with them to capture the stories of their clients, trustees, and staff past and present to put a spotlight on the importance of access to justice for all.  In this guest blog, Holly Stow, the Windrush Compensation Scheme Paralegal at NKLC shares what it has meant to her to work at NKLC.

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  • Making Young People Heard: Football Beyond Borders Isolation Diaries 

    Football Beyond Borders (FBB) is a charity changing the lives of young people who are passionate about football but may be disengaged at school, providing long-term support, built around relationships and young people’s passions. They started their ‘Isolation Diaries’ in March to highlight the stories of 10 members of the FBB family, a mix of young people, parents, teachers and practitioners at the start of lockdown. In this guest blog we hear from two young people from the FBB family who have been recording their isolation diaries. 

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  • Being the Story Podcast Series 3: A Chance to Stop and Listen 

    Right now, listening feels more important than ever. Listening to people’s experiences, listening to solutions. Listening has always been core to our work, working alongside people with important stories to tell to feel confident and able to tell them in their own ways and in their own words.  Our Being the Story podcast offers a chance to stop and listen to new voices. 

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  • Everyone Needs a Hero

    Catherine is a partner, mother, nurse and special guardian to five year old “E” . She is also a member of Family Rights Group kinship carers’ panel and lives in Leicestershire. In this guest blog, Catherine shares the difficulties of being a kinship carer and key worker during the crisis and how a special guardianship support worker became her hero.

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