Save the Children UK who commissioned Our Story want to develop a clear picture of what it is like for families bringing up young children in Longsight.
Our Story sessions will help us better understand which services work and identify what is missing. What is learned will help influence and guide the development of Save the Children’s work with families and young children. They are keen to narrow the early learning gap and support future co-design projects with parents around play.
People can have a tendency to think their lives are rather ordinary. They do not always recognise the difficulties some people living in their neighbourhoods, towns and cities face. Or they do see the challenges and feel helpless. What can we do?
For those in difficulty they do not see a way out. Struggle becomes acceptable. Think about the huge increase in the use of food banks over the past decade. The Trussell Trust’s research suggests one in five parents skip meals feed their children. Eye watering energy bills are pushing those who were just about managing into poverty. Those who were already severely disadvantaged are in crisis. But what if communities could challenge this? To make those who appear apathetic appreciate that more needs to happen?
Reaching More People
Importantly the professionals from Longsight Children’s Centre and Save the Children UK will continue to advocate for the support these families need.
In addition those taking part will share how their work is progressing during Baby Week at Manchester Art Gallery. Then a pop up exhibition will tour three children’s centres across the city. They will encourage us all reconsider where we are and where we would like to be as a community, society and country.
We are certain that everyone taking part will enjoy the process and look forward to sharing the stories of Longsight.
If you enjoyed reading about Our Story we recommend you explore ‘Story of Place‘.
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