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Growing Up Poor - The Series

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Growing Up Poor - The Series

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Filmed over one summer Growing Up Poor, follows 6 teenagers as the struggle to make ends meet living on under a tenner a day.

- In April 2012, Britain entered a double dip recession for the first time in 37 years *

- 1 in 5 young people are unemployed **

- Over 300,000 teenagers claim benefits to get by, most get £8 / day ***

For Bridie, her hopes of joining the army hinge on her staying out of trouble with the police, but when they patrol your neighbourhood and things are always kicking off, this is easier said than done.

Amber is 16 and pregnant, she's fortunate that her mum's there to support her but nonetheless scraping money together for all that she needs is a tough ask, let alone the prospect of motherhood.

Like so many British teenagers affected by the recession Shelby was on Jobseeker's Allowance, but she's determined to find a job. Currently completing a work placement, she desperately hopes it will develop into a real job.

With quick wit and brutal honesty, each of them takes you into their world and paints a bleak portrait of Britain in the grips of a recession - highlighting the chances, or lack of, for today's youth when you're growing up poor.

Help for Teens in Poverty

There are many specialised charities in the UK working to tackle the issues causes by poverty, which can offer help and support to young people in similar circumstances to those shown in the film. Details of a range of organisations can be found at the bottom of this page and also on the BBC Growing Up Poor website.

However if you specifically wish to help the young people in the film, items can be sent to our office at 49a Oxford Road South, London W4 3DD and will be passed on to Briidie, Amber and Shelby.  However if you do send anything to our office, please also include postage to cover the cost of sending your gift on. If you wish to send a cheque, please make it payable to The Aletheia Foundation.  If you want to make an online transfer please credit The Aletheia Foudation, AC No. 22637907, Sort Code 60-05-30.  And please make it clear to whom you would like any gift to go. If you want further information, email Petra on petra@aletheiafoundation.org.uk who can give you details.

 

Further sources of help

Money Advice & Benefits
https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/categories/young-people-and-money
http://www.turn2us.org.uk/information__resources/benefits/young_people.aspx
https://www.gov.uk/browse/benefits

Housing Help
http://england.shelter.org.uk/get_advice/housing_advice_for_young_people 
http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/advice4me.htm

General Advice
http://www.thesite.org
http://www.teenissues.co.uk 
http://www.youth2youth.co.uk
http://www.getconnected.org.uk

Courses
http://www.princes-trust.org.uk

Health and Pregnancy Support
http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/teenager-pregnant.aspx 
http://www.brook.org.uk/pregnancy 
http://www.likeitis.org

Drug & Alcohol 
http://www.talktofrank.com

 

Sources

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17836624

** http://www.channel4.com/news/unemployment-soars-to-2-5-million

*** DWP Tabulation tool

http://83.244.183.180/100pc/wa/ccstatgp/cnage/a_carate_r_ccstatgp_c_cnage_feb12.html

Population pyrimid tool

http://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/HTMLDocs/dvc1/UKPyramid.html

http://83.244.183.180/100pc/jsa/amtgp/cnage/a_carate_r_amtgp_c_cnage_feb12.html

http://www.direct.gov.uk/prod_consum_dg/groups/dg_digitalassets/@dg/@en/documents/digitalasset/dg_200090.html

Director:
Tim Lawton & Dave Foulkes
Distributor:
BBC3
Released:
2013
Running Time:
57 mins