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Growing Up Poor - The Series


Growing Up Poor - The Series

£ 15.00




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 who can give you details.


Further sources of help

Money Advice & Benefits

Housing Help

General Advice


Health and Pregnancy Support

Drug & Alcohol




*** DWP Tabulation tool

Population pyrimid tool

Tim Lawton & Dave Foulkes
Running Time:
57 mins