According to the English Indices of Deprivation 2010, Stoke-on-Trent is the 16th most deprived area in England out of 326 districts. Over 30% of the resident population (approximately 75,000 people) live in areas classified in the 10% most deprived in England and almost one in six (nearly 39,000 residents) live in areas in the 5% most deprived. By contrast, only one in six live in areas classified as ‘better than average’.
To better understand both the nature and reasons for poverty, local organisations established an independent Hardship Commission in 2014 to study and report on poverty-related hardship within the city boundaries and identify actions which could be taken by the Council and wider public, private and voluntary sector organisations.
As members of the Hardship Commission, VOICES (a Fulfilling Lives project based in Stoke), are working in partnership with Staffordshire University to ask members of the community what their first-hand experience of hardship and poverty looks and feels like, and what can be done to make life better and fairer for people in our City moving forwards.
On the morning of the 3rd of July 2019 Staffordshire University will be hosting an event to present the findings of this community research project, alongside representation from VOICES who will be raising awareness of the interconnected relationships between homelessness, mental ill health, addiction and offending behaviour to mark the very first ‘Multiple Disadvantage Day 2019’.
Through first hand testimony and multimedia content VOICES will be encouraging attendees to #seethefullpicture and discuss how systems and services can better work together to support people experiencing multiple needs.
Although not open to the public, updates on the event will be published at www.voicesofstoke.org.uk and via Facebook and Twitter @voicesofstoke.