'Why I'm backing The Children's Society in Greater Manchester'
Musician Misha B went to her hometown to support the launch of The Children’s Society in Greater Manchester, our new initiative that seeks to tackle the high levels of poverty and neglect faced by children and young people.
Please watch the video of her visit and read her story, which is related to this week’s coverage in the Manchester Evening News, BBC TV and ITV News in the North West.
Video: Misha B at the launch of The Children's Society in Greater Manchester
'I wish there had been something like this when I grew up'
This initiative helps to make sure children who live in poverty or who run away from home get the support they need.
It really shocked me that over 150,000 children in Greater Manchester – and over half where I grew up in Moss Side - live in poverty. When I heard about this I immediately wanted to help.
I was brought up by my Aunt in the Moss Side and Longsight areas, so I saw first-hand the issues The Children’s Society is trying to deal with.
There is something wrong when, in 2013, these issues are now among the worst The Children’s Society has seen in its 120 year history in the area. So I am delighted they are calling on organisations from across the area to work with them, and make the greatest possible impact on young lives.
It was inspirational meeting some of the young people at The Children’s Society’s service for young runaways this week. I know that, like me, they can escape the poverty trap if they have the right support, and if services work together more so that less children slip through the net.
Learn more about our new initiative in Greater Manchester
Read more about The Children's Society in Greater Manchester
Review our interactive timeline of our history of working in Manchester since 1891
Our press release about the launch of The Children's Society in Greater Manchester