Dealing with the psychological impact of poverty.
In one of the richest cities on earth there are people for whom life is an increasingly desperate struggle. People who are a few steps away from being engulfed by a combination of forces at play in their lives: housing insecurity, poverty, past traumas, ill health, extreme loneliness and isolation to name but a few. People clinging on and just about coping.
Yet until a specific crisis happens – homelessness, a mental breakdown, hospital admission – there is precious little help at hand. And for those who have been in crisis, the support they need can fall away once the fix has been applied.
The more strain people are under, the more they are assessed and processed by ‘experts’, the more their sense of personal agency wanes and their resilience weakens
Building on individual values and aspirations
This Way Up is a partnership between Rising Minds, and Quaker Social Action. It helps people build the resilience and sense of wellbeing they need to make the changes and choices that feel right for them. Armed with a greater sense of wellbeing and strength in mind and body it becomes possible to change direction or to advocate for the help they need to move forward.
Our approach – through both our life coaching and mindfulness-based work – is about ‘pull not push’. We don’t indiscriminately push people towards a narrow set of interventions that aren’t suitable for them. Instead we help create the conditions for people to be able to pull towards themselves services, opportunities and activities that are in line with their values, aspirations, and personalities.
This enables people to make meaningful life choices – founded upon self-respect, self-esteem and a fair appraisal of their personal capabilities and potential.
"This Way Up is really important because there’s a lack of control, and a constant battle to remain human
when you are going through the system and having to apply for benefits, and everything else. It’s a dehumanising process. This programme re-humanises people and lets them know they do have control, and can make a change, where before they thought they were powerless."
Annushka Baker, This Way Up participant