Coping with love, coping with rejection

Last week, we shared Colin’s story and reflected on the impact of stigma. Friends and family, services and society can at times be quick to judge someone who lives a “chaotic life.” However, chaos is rarely a lifestyle choice. Really often, it is a coping mechanism. After hearing the stories of others in similar situations, …

What does it mean to tell your story?

At our last workshop we invited commissioners and service providers to listen to stories of 12 people experiencing severe and multiple disadvantage. At the event, we asked some of the Hard Edges Lives Behind the Numbers participants what it  means to them to be able to tell their life stories. Here’s what they had to say.

Society’s expectations of you shape you

Over the next 12 weeks, the participants of Hard Edges: Lives Behind the Numbers will share with you their life journeys. This is the first in a series of blogs that follows each story. Today, we examine the role of stigma in the lives of people who are experiencing multiple disadvantage, and how the expectations your family, your friends, …

LankellyChase Foundation: “It is critical to listen to and be led by people with real lived experience.”

In her guest blog, Rebecca Fordham, Interim Communications Manager for LankellyChase Foundation tells us why they’ve teamed up with Innovation Unit and User Voice on Hard Edges: Lives Behind the Numbers. People experiencing severe social harms such as homelessness, offending or drug misuse mostly face a much wider and complex set of problems. This shouldn’t be news …