I was commissioned by Church Action on Poverty and Oxfam to train a group of people on benefits to talk about the reality of life lived at the sharp end of welfare reform.

These spokespeople would then powerfully challenge the current scrounger/ skiver narrative.

As well as receiving coverage in the Independent newspaper, the group were featured in Salford Online, the Salford Star, the Big Issue, and the Daily Mirror.

The group have been interviewed by BBC Radio Manchester and Salford City Radio; four documentary companies, including one from Channel 4′s Cutting Edge strand, want to tell the group’s story.

The group are still regularly meeting, and are in the process of becoming a formally recognised organisation.

www.stigmastories.com

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  • Kay, Carl and Sarah of the NICE group listen to the panel discussion
  • Sarah Whitehead of the NICE group
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  • Ray and Kay of the NICE group
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