Thrive Teesside

Thrive is an award-winning organisation working in Teesside aiming to close the gap between the rich and the poor by supporting low-income communities to enact change. 

We do this through research, mentor support and by taking local action: bringing together local people and institutions, supporting them to take action and campaigning for social justice.

Expert Citizens

Expert Citizens are an independent group of people who have all experienced multiple needs – combinations of mental ill-health, homelessness, addiction and offending behaviour. We all have powerful stories to tell, and we use our unique skills and experiences to be a voice for others. We give our ideas to services of Stoke-on-Trent and nationally to help guide and shape them to improve the care of multiple needs citizens. We act as a support network for each other and engage in team-building and promote healthy lifestyles.

ATD Fourth World UK

ATD FOURTH WORLD is a human rights-based anti-poverty organisation, with over 50 years experience of tackling inequality and promoting social justice in the UK.

Working in partnership with people affected by poverty, ATD Fourth World has, since 1968, concentrated its efforts on supporting families and influencing policy through work at Frimhurst Family House in Surrey and our National Centre in London.

Poverty Truth Community

“It is our conviction that we cannot hope to understand, let alone address, the causes and symptoms of poverty unless we involve the experts. In this context, the experts are those who have a direct experience of poverty; living with the reality day in and day out. To use our motto, taken from the South African post-apartheid process, “Nothing about – without us – is for us”. We believe real progress towards overcoming poverty will be made when those who experience poverty are central to the development, delivery and evaluation of solutions.”


Life is an emerging organisation comprised of people who have lived insights from experience. Experiences of addiction, homelessness, mental health challenges and poverty.”

a myriad of individual challenges and systemic failures within our current support systems that keep people in a position of weakness. LIFE aims to work with individuals, in partnership, to enact change.  


RAPAR (Refugee and Asylum Participatory Action Research) is a human rights organisation based in Manchester, UK, which is primarily concerned with displaced people, and issues relating to displaced people.

RAPAR was founded in Salford in 2001. Initial membership comprised academics, researchers, displaced people, 2nd/3rd generation migrants, and practitioners in the fields of community development and statutory services.

All the Small Things are:

  • a locally rooted organisation, accountable to local people, socially responsible with funds used only for social good.
  • committed to positive social change and working for a more socially just, caring and cooperative society
  • a local hub for Community Organising, community asset sharing and peer mentoring in North Staffordshire.

We are a Social Action Hub funded by DCMS as part of the national Community Organisers Expansion programme. We train and support people to reach out and listen to people, connect and motivate others to build collective power to take action for social justice.

Community Pride CIC

Community Pride CIC is a grassroots community empowerment organisation based in Salford. We work with groups and individuals who experience severe socio-economic disadvantage and poverty in the UK. Using the teaching principles of Paulo Friere and Popular Education we work with communities to help them identify the socio-economic issues that affect their daily lives and work together to raise their voices and take positive collective actions decided by them that create ripples of change in their own lives, their communities and the wider world. Since 2016 we have developed and led the facilitation of the Salford Poverty Truth Commission creating spaces for people with lived experience to come together with the key decision-makers in public life and business to build new understandings of the issues faced by local people and work together to influence systems to change at a high level and change attitudes in society about those who experience poverty.