We all need support sometimes.
Yet too often those who have been helped by benefits get ignored, misrepresented or at worst blamed for their situation.
The Who Benefits? campaign ran from 2013 to 2015, giving a voice to the millions of us who have been supported by benefits at some point in our lives.
A coalition of over 100 charities, faith organisations, professional networks and community groups, the campaign reached a huge range of people who have needed help from benefits for a whole variety of different reasons, sharing their stories and in doing so, helping to change debate.
The campaign challenged the negative rhetoric and portrayal of people in receipt of benefits in mainstream media. It shone a light on stigma in the 'Second Class Citizens' report and sought to convince politicians that they should do more to listen to, understand and act on the real reasons that people are struggling — like low wages, the high cost of living and the housing crisis.
Above all, the campaign championed voices – using personal stories to show why people need support from benefits and how crucial this help can be.
You can see a selection of these stories in the document: 'Telling the real story of benefits'.
The work of Who Benefits? is continued today by each of the steering group organisations below, and others like them, who believe that we all benefit when support is there when we need it.