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Get Talking Hardship

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Penny from Staffordshire University is working on a new Community Research project with her colleague Nic Gratton.

The Hardship Commission want to understand what hardship means for people in Stoke-on-Trent. The Hardship Commission is an independent group of decision makers and leaders in the city, who believe that poverty will only be addressed when local people who experience it are at the heart of the process of change. The Commission is Chaired by the Rt. Rev Geoff Annas, Bishop of Stafford.

Join us to Get Talking Hardship and make lives better in your city. 

They are looking for Community Researchers and wondered if you, or anyone you know, might like to be involved. Read more below.


Get Talking Hardship in Stoke on Trent

  • What do poverty and hardship mean to people in Stoke on Trent?
  • What helps people deal with the effects of hardship?
  • What can be done to make people's lives easier and reduce poverty in the city?

If these questions interest you, then read on to find out more.


Staffordshire University wants to hear about local people's experiences of poverty and hardship in Stoke on Trent.  All findings will be shared with the Hardship Commission to help them make their plan for action to reduce poverty in the city.


We are bringing together a team of community researchers to do this.

Community researchers will be trained and supported to ask people questions to find out their experiences. This will be individual interviews and group sessions.


The research, including the training will happen from now until June. Below are the dates:


Wednesday 27 March 10.00am - 3.00pm
Wednesday 10 April 1.00pm - 3.00pm
Thursday 2 May 10.00am - 3.00pm
Wednesday 22 May 12.30pm - 3.00pm
Wednesday 5 June 10.00am - 3.00pm
Thursday 6 June 3.00pm - 8.00pm
Wednesday 12 June 12.00pm - 3.00pm

We would like everyone to give at least 4 days of their time. This includes training and doing the research.


If you have any questions please email Penny Vincent or phone Nic on 01782 292751.


We would love to hear from you.


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