Published on 29 October 2021
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A Model of Thriving

A co-produced report exploring a theory of thriving and new ways of tackling poverty.

Anti-poverty charities often focus on the effects and consequences of poverty. But the focus of Turn2us is ‘to help people thrive and not just survive’. 

The national anti-poverty charity partnered with researchers from the Bennett Institute of Public Policy and people with a lived experience of financial hardship, in order to find answers to the question ‘what does it mean to thrive?’.

Through co-producing this work, existing models of thriving developed for other contexts are inadequate for understanding what thriving entails for people who use the services of national poverty charities like Turn2us.

This report explores the bespoke model of thriving co-produced by partners who have experienced poverty, staff who challenge it at Turn2us, and academics at the Bennett Institute who understand the latest research on the issue.

The result is a model of thriving that is sensitive to the lived experience of Turn2us’ stakeholders, practical for the charity’s work and technically rigorous.

The Many Dimensions of Wellbeing Project is funded by AHRC and ESRC, and is a collaboration with the What Works Centre for Wellbeing.

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Dr Mark Fabian

Affiliated Researcher

Mark Fabian is Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the University of Warwick and an Affiliated Researcher at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy. He continues to work with colleagues...

Professor Anna Alexandrova

Professor Anna Alexandrova is a Professor in Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge, with a special focus on social sciences. Prior to her current role, she was an...

Abby Meadows

Abby Meadows works at Turn2Us, a UK based charity fighting poverty, as their Co-production and Participation officer. She also guest lecturers in humanitarian response and the contemporary European refugee crisis...

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