Can you join us?

Changing Realities is a partnership between parents and carers on a low income, researchers at the University of York and Child Poverty Action Group. Together, we want to share the everyday realities of life on a low income, but we also want try and change things – improving the lives of those struggling to get by.

If you’re a parent or carer with children under 19, and you’re on a low income, we’d really like to work with you. Together, we can document the realities of this cost-of-living crisis.

Who we’re looking for

Are you:

a parent or carer living in the UK?

looking after children under 19 years of age?

and living on a low-income?

If all three of these apply to you, and you've read all about the project here, then click below

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“I guess what I hope to achieve through Changing Realities is that I can ‘change my reality’, improve my learning and experience and then share my knowledge and motivate others struggling to take part and to use their voice in the best way they can”
– Caroline
“...with Changing Realities I hope that we continue to strive for reforms with the end goal of a fairer benefit system and a huge cut in poverty.”
– Kim
“One of many good things about this project is that when we put our thoughts and ideas together, policy makers are listening to us. They recognise what support we need and cannot ignore us. A change I hope to see is an end to poverty, not just temporarily, but a permanent solution.”
– Tayyaba
“I want to be part of raising the profile of those of us living in poverty, I hope that Changing Realities will empower us to be less invisible. We need to break the silence.”
– Jo
“I am genuinely excited for the new project Changing Realities.”
– Emma
If you'd like to take part, answer the questions at the top of the page to get started.
Changing Realities is a collaboration between parents and carers, researchers at the University of York, and Child Poverty Action Group.
Changing Realities is funded by abrdn Financial Fairness Trust.
Changing Realities' sister project is Covid Realities, which ran from 2020 to 2022, and was funded by the Nuffield Foundation
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