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Rosie-Louise

Rosie-Louise

Name: Rosie-Louise Mitchell
Age: 19
Year of the Fix: 2013
Location: Pontypool, South Wales
Campaign: Tackling child poverty

Statistics show that 1 in 4 children live in poverty in the UK. This is far, far too many.

 

As a mother myself, I would hate to see my children have to go without the bare essentials – things like food and clothes – but for some families this is a harsh reality.

 

With the help of Fixers, I want to raise awareness of child poverty in South Wales, so people realise that this is something happening right here on our doorstep.

 

I want to hold an event where people will pledge to do something about it.

 

As part of the campaign, I’d like to see a Facebook page set up to spread the message to as wide an audience as possible.

Here is a list of Fixers helping me with my Fix:

 

Lara Attard
Lara-Kate Ralley
Natalie Jayne Lewis
Natalie Pold
Phil Mann

December 2013
My team and I took part in an event at Bron Afon Community Housing in Cwmbran which was attended by around 100 people.

 

We asked people at the event to make a pledge to do something next year to help tackle child poverty. The messages, which didn't need to be related to money, were written on paper footprints and hung on a washing line.


There were 24 responses in total. They included:

 

'I will try to be a better person for me and my daughter.'

 

'I will help other people by listening and supporting them with their difficulties.'

 

'I will help empower young people to spread the message and eradicate child poverty.'

 

'I am going to be less materialistic and appreciate what I already have.'

 

 

We also offered people t-shirts that we’d created. There were five designs, each featuring a different anti-poverty message. We invited anyone wearing one of the t-shirts to join us on a catwalk to show them off later in the evening.

 

There was also a clothes ‘swap shop’ event where people could swap their old and unwanted clothes with others.

 

We have set up a Facebook page to continue to spread our message. It's called 'Blessed To Be A Blessing' and you can visit it by clicking here.

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