About Us

Thrive is an award winning organisation working in Teesside aiming to close the gap between the rich and the poor by supporting low-income communities to enact change.

We do this through research, mentor support and by taking local action: bringing together local people and institutions, supporting them to take action and campaign for social justice.

We have three paid members of staff, a group of 12 dedicated volunteers and a Board of Trustees with 2 advisors (7 in total) Thrive has been able to get the voice of people in poverty to those in power in a way no other grassroots organisation in Teesside has.  Many organizations have spokespeople, support workers, advisors and CEO’s speaking for their service users, but Thrive, sticking to our principle of ‘never do for others what they can do for themselves’, has people with direct experience of poverty and financial and social exclusion regularly changing their community and speaking out.

Latest News, Updates and Blogs.

World Changers Thrive Teesside
“World-changer” Thrive Teesside celebrates charity award.
Chronicle Live.
Our Books
Take a look at some of our books like Thriving Teesside
and Thriving Women.
Thrive on a national level- The APLE Collective. Working together with organisations that support us to take positive action to eradicate poverty.
Church Action on Poverty 2021 Calendar
Thrive Teesside are one of the organisations
featured in Church Action on Poverty's
2021 Calendar.
Raise Child Benefit Campaign
We are calling upon the government to raise Child Benefit to £50 per child per week.
Our campaign seeks to enact the
Socio-economic duty.
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Taking action both locally and nationally.
Take a look at our current projects.
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  • ‘Outstanding Contribution to Social Change’ – Thrive Teesside.
    We feel so proud to have won the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Social Change’ category at the North East Charity Awards this year. The Thrive Team would like to say a big thanks to our fellow finalists, and Millfield House Foundation, sponsors of the 2021 North East Charity Awards, and other individuals and charities inspiring change. […]
  • Thriving Women- ‘Writing truth to Power’
    At the time of writing, I am 6 weeks into delivering a series of poetry workshops for Thrive Teesside on behalf of the Tees Women Poets. I had no idea when I began this project that it would affect me in the way it has. The workshops are titled ‘writing truth to power,’ and the focus […]
  • A Practical Guide for Local Authority Implementation of the Socio-Economic Duty in England
    The Equality Act 2010 contains a valuable tool to ensure poverty is given due consideration by public bodies when making strategic decisions and designing services: the socio-economic duty. This duty contained in Section 1 of the Act, if enacted, would require public authorities to actively consider the way in which their decisions increase or decrease the inequalities that result from […]
  • Poverty2Solutions Do Your Duty For Equality Briefing Paper
    The voice of lived experience is the missing piece in policy making. For far too long policy making is something that is done to people, meaning many communities feel forgotten and have no control on the decisions that most effect their daily lives. No-one feels this as strongly as those left behind by the last […]
  • Why the £20 Universal Credit increase is a vital issue for Teesside – and what our politicians say about its future. Thrive Teesside for Teesside Live
    Thrive Teesside’s Tracey Herrington speaks to Mike Brown from Gazette Live about the £20 Universal Credit increase and the importance this has for families all across Teesside. “The extra £20 might have helped people put the heating on. We help lots of people who would resist putting the gas or electricity on during the day […]