About Us

Thrive is an award-winning organisation working in Teesside, advocating for the voice of lived experience to be included in decision-making processes.

We do this through research, tailored one to one support and by taking local action: bringing together local people and institutions. We have three paid members of staff, a group of dedicated volunteers and a Board of Trustees. 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 organisations 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”, have 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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  • Tracey Herrington speaks at the North East Business Awards 2022
  • Thrive celebrates its volunteers.
    Volunteers are the solid foundations that keep Thrive not only grounded in the lived realities of people living in poverty but also able to function and deliver on its charitable objectives. Volunteers have steadfastly shared their lived realities of difficult and precarious personal situations. They have shared their hopes and fears for their futures, thought […]
  • ‘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 […]