How can you build your resilience when living on a low income?
Tenacity and resilience are qualities we all require to live life to the full. They're particularly needed when coping with difficult experiences such as loss, family breakdown or surviving addiction or trauma. Picking up our lives again after such experiences is impossible without these inner resources.
What is less well recognised is how crucial they are for anyone having to deal with the daily struggle of life on a low income: in fact 75% of people living in the lowest income bracket have reported having mental health problems (Mental Health Foundation, 2017). In these circumstances it's easy to feel stuck and harder to access our own innate strengths.
This in itself can prevent individuals from realising their potential and leave people feeling worthless.
A powerful idea
In 2012 we were introduced to way of helping people who feel stuck in their situation and who are struggling to see a way forward.
We were immediately attracted to this positive and empowering idea.
People finding their own solutions
We already knew that families and individuals at Made of Money made real changes in their lives when given the space, time and tools to properly understand their own relationship to money. This potentially powerful intervention focusing on individuals and their own ability to make change for themselves fitted right into our mission to enable people to seek solutions to the issues affecting their lives.
A positive partnership
Tim not only came to us with a pilot ready to develop but also raised some of the initial funding for action research into the idea. We were so impressed with the results of Tim's work we used some of our unrestricted reserves to fund a full pilot.
"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