To coincide with #IDEP2020, we have released a special edition version of our book, Thriving Teesside.

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is an international observance celebrated each year on the 17th of October throughout the world. This day is designated to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty.

Thrive seek to do this firstly by amplifying the voices of people living in our low income communities. Our community is skilled, articulate and knowledgeable. We are key to affecting real sustainable change.

Without the voice of people with lived experience of the difficulties faced, sustainable solutions will not be found.

These certainly are extraordinary times. Our lives have been turned upside, the harsh realities of living in poverty have been amplified and we appear to have very little light at the end of the tunnel. Notwithstanding this, people in our low income communities are articulating and visualising their thoughts through the mediums they have available to them.

At a time when we are cut off from others, we are taking the time to speak out and reflect upon how the pandemic has had an influence on us. Our difficulties and frustrations are not new, but our voices are resolute, to be valued and listened to. Our insight is invaluable.

Thriving Teesside PRINT Version by Dylan Eastwood

Our book launch:

Due to COVID-19, we hosted our launch event via Zoom, with poetry readings, videos and an open discussion/Q&A. The event was a brilliant success and we want to say a massive thank you to everyone involved in the making and the launch of the book.

We hope you enjoy some of the content from the launch:

I come from Teesside- Julie Easley

Thriving Teesside Podcast

To listen to our podcast episode on ‘Cast to end poverty’ discussing Thriving Teesside,

Special thanks to all of those who submitted photos for the NHS Tribute!

NHS Nails by- @beautyxbyxrosiee on Instagram!