Society’s expectations of you shape you

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, […]

The Empathy Question

The Empathy Question

On 7th September Hard Edges: Lives Behind the Numbers will be hosting a storytelling workshop bringing together service providers, frontline workers, commissioners and people with lived experience to share insights about how services can be designed in a way that better supports people facing severe and multiple disadvantage. Prior to this, Lou Thomas shares her thoughts around empathy […]

“It’s a wonderful life being in charge of your own destiny” – July update

“It’s a wonderful life being in charge of your own destiny” – July update

Over the course of July, the Hard Edges: Lives Behind the Numbers team have been visiting people in the North East and North West of England to hear stories of people who live with severe and multiple disadvantage. It has been a whirlwind of sadness, hardship and tough identity but also laughter, inspiration and aspiration. Meet… […]

‘We need to stop treating pain and isolation with pain and isolation’

‘We need to stop treating pain and isolation with pain and isolation’

Only 16% of people who experience a combination of distressing issues, such as homelessness, mental ill health, drug or alcohol dependence, chronic poverty and offending, consider their quality of life to be good compared to over 70% of the general population. While this is not a surprising statistic, it is a stark reminder of the […]