Helping those in most need involves anything from providing families on benefits or low income with food, to helping people gain the confidence to escape poverty. Charitable funding supports this work on the front line.
Supporting voluntary organisations working in the poorest neighbourhoods, or reaching out to address hidden pockets of disadvantage in more affluent areas, remains a priority as public expenditure on services continues to fall.
Levelling the playing field by helping people experiencing disadvantage to achieve their full potential is a direct way that charitable giving can transform individuals’ lives.
Number of years a child born in Kingston-upon-Thames is likely to live longer than one born in Middlesbrough
Percentage of adults in the North East with debt problems
Percentage of able-bodied people who do not know anyone with a disability
Increase in number of food parcels issued by Trussell Trust foodbanks in the North East since 2011
There are heavy concentrations of poverty across the North East. Sometimes this may be readily identifiable as in urban areas such as Middlesbrough or South East Northumberland, but it can also be hidden in small pockets within the rural communities of Northumberland or County Durham. It is often found in close proximity to relative prosperity.
Changes in the local economy, funding for services and the benefits system impact heavily on the lives of those in poverty. People who face social isolation as a result of their gender, ethnicity, disability or sexuality may feel its effects more keenly. For as many as 130,000 children it limits future prospects of a better life, regardless of ability.
Voluntary organisations can help lift people out of poverty, but our research shows that in the poorest areas they are struggling to adapt to the loss of government funding. The case for charitable funding has never been stronger.