Raising Voices exhibition in The Catalyst will help inform change

An exhibition of creative work which tells the stories of people living in poverty and hardship in Stoke-on-Trent is taking place this month.

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Photograph by Justina Heffton will feature as part of the exhibition

The evening is open to anyone with an interest and is an opportunity to have a look at the exhibition, meet some of the project Steering Group at the heart of the project, and take part in a wider conversation about hardship in Stoke-on-Trent.

Nic Gratton, Associate Professor of Community and Civic Engagement

The Raising Voices exhibition and Manifesto for Change event will take place at The Catalyst building on Staffordshire University's Leek Road site starting at 6pm on Thursday 24 March.

The University has been commissioned by Stoke-on-Trent’s Hardship Commission to deliver the storytelling project ‘Raising Voices, Changing Minds, Ending Poverty’ which works closely with people with lived experience of hardship. The project involves Staffordshire University, Expert Citizens CIC, All the Small Things CIC and, most importantly, the people of Stoke-on-Trent.

Nic Gratton, Associate Professor of Community and Civic Engagement, said: “The project has supported local people to tell their stories in creative ways, using poetry, photography, podcasts, and postcards. Through a series of workshops, we have also collected suggestions for a ‘Manifesto for Change’ which we hope will generate a wider conversation and support positive action across our communities and within and between organisations.

“The evening is open to anyone with an interest and is an opportunity to have a look at the exhibition, meet some of the project Steering Group at the heart of the project, and take part in a wider conversation about hardship in Stoke-on-Trent.”

Booking for the free community event is via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/274725731057

  • The ‘'Raising Voices’ project was commissioned by VOICES on behalf of the Stoke-on-Trent Hardship Commission and is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund. To find out more about ‘Raising Voices, Changing Minds, Ending Poverty’ email ryan.fox@staffs.ac.uk

 

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