Changing Realities is made up of parents and carers from different backgrounds, living in a variety of circumstances across the UK. All have different strengths, needs and experiences. All are living on a low income and many face a daily struggle to get by.
One thing that all the parents share is a commitment to pushing for change, trying to make the future better for everyone.
“ I really hope that collectively we can make huge changes for the future, so other people don’t suffer such struggles to live. ”- Lili K
It’s vital that project work happens in a very open, flexible, engaging way that works for as many people as possible.
That’s why Changing Realities:
▶︎▶︎▶︎ Takes a participatory approach
▶︎▶︎▶︎ Uses a range of media to communicate and challenge
▶︎▶︎▶︎ Uses bespoke online platforms and digital technology to aid participation
We’re always happy to talk to other practitioners, academics and charities about the methods we’ve used and what we’ve learned from these approaches.You can get in touch with us here
Changing Realities is a collaboration between participants with lived expertise, researchers at the University of York and the national charity Child Poverty Action Group. It is essential to the project’s success that participants are equal partners, driving decision-making and working together for change.
Changing Realities uses online platforms specifically developed for us by Fork studio to help us collaborate and share our work more easily.Meet the team
We are always carefully considering and balancing the ethical implications of a participatory approach. We acknowledge where traditional power imbalances exist and seek to challenge them wherever possible.
Changing Realities is a way for parents and carers to get more involved with politics, speak directly to those in power and campaign for change.
Changing Realities participants from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have travelled to Westminster to speak to MPs about the challenges they are facing and the changes they want to see.
Our collectively written letter to the Prime Minister was read out in parliament and was exhibited at the Wellcome Collection.Read letter to Prime Minister
We work collaboratively with a range of artists including writers, sound artists, zine makers and illustrators.
By using a range of outlets for communication and self-expression, Changing Realities gives parents and carers a space to discover or strengthen creative skills and connect with each other, as well as amplifying experiences that need to be heard.Explore our work
“ It's great having a voice that influences things and to have recognition and remuneration in kind for the time spent. As a disabled working class woman, I often feel invisible and overlooked. The Changing Realities project makes me feel valued. ”- Autumn