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A very warm welcome to Voice. Whether you donate, fundraise, campaign or volunteer with us, we couldn’t make the difference we do without you. Your ongoing support is crucial and, in this issue, you’ll get a taste of how it can change young lives.

2014 is shaping up to be a very important year as we uncover the very real impact growing up in poverty has on children. Thanks to The Children’s Commission on Poverty, launched in October, we are learning just how devastating living below the poverty line can be.

Find out on pages 10 and 11 how the commission, a panel of 15 young people, is leading an investigation into what childhood poverty really looks like – through young eyes.

Chris’s story on page 4 highlights how important it is to support children, whether they are aged six or 16. Experiencing trust and hope at this formative stage of life can make a huge difference to the futures of neglected teenagers up and down the country.

I hope that you enjoy this issue, and thank you once again for your continued generosity. It means everything to the children we support.

With kind regards

Matthew Reed

Chief Executive, The Children’s Society

Contents of this issue

How your support helped ChrisThe story of how one young man overcame his difficult past with your help.

News round-upAn update on what’s happening around the organisation.

What does poverty look  like through young eyes? Launch of The Children’s Commission on Poverty.

Facts and figuresTen facts about poverty.

The way I see itProfessor of Social Policy  at Bath University, Tess Ridge, shares her views on childhood poverty.

Our storiesWhy 15 young people want to open up the debate on childhood poverty.

What we doOur children’s centres: giving children a better start in life.

Helping Katarina’s family out of poverty When bureaucracy pushed one family into poverty.

A day in the life of...Volunteer intern, Parama Chakravorty, tells us why she gives her time to support our campaigning.

Tea for twoX Factor finalist, Misha B, talks about growing up in Manchester.

Teenage neglect: past, present, futureHow The Children’s Society has worked with neglected teenagers for the past 132 years.

Now and then  – The inventive ways our supporters have been raising  money and new opportunities to get involved.

Corporate partnersTwo new companies join forces with us to help disadvantaged children.

Shop ‘til you drop  – Our retail  empire is growing with new shops opening all the time.

 

By Matthew Reed - Chief Executive
Matthew Reed
- Leadership team

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