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Poverty

The Lifebabble team tackle issues important to young people. The team talk about poverty and the different ways it can affect people.


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Hey, Lifebabblers. Today, we're talking about poverty and not having

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the basic things that we all need to live.

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Poverty exists, and it's something we should talk about.

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So, over to the team.

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It can be disappointing and upsetting when we don't have

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the money for the things we want. We all know what that feels like,

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but it doesn't mean that you're living in poverty.

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Poverty means that you often don't have the money for the most

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basic things - like food, clothes or a place to live.

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And it can affect everybody, people like you and me.

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Family circumstances can change.

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People can experience poverty for a short amount of time,

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people can experience poverty for the whole of their lives.

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And some people might never experience it.

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Poverty doesn't always look the same, and it can look different

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depending on where you are in the world.

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Don't judge someone for living in poverty.

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PHONE RINGS

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'Poverty is when a family can't quite afford stuff

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'like clothes or rent.

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'At my school, everyone wears a school uniform.

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'It means people can't judge each other about their clothes,

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'and everyone is the same.

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'I know people at school who used to get free meals,

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'but no-one ever makes a big deal about it.'

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One of my buddies from college came up from poverty.

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That he still succeeded, it really motivated me

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and showed me that you CAN overcome hard circumstances.

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My family and I have experienced poverty,

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it was when my dad had to go through a temporary redundancy.

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Even though I was sad when it happened, in the end

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it made me extremely happy because I learnt how to get creative

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with whatever I had.

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I didn't know there were ways to donate until just recently.

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I now know that there's food banks,

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clothes banks, and ways to give to people in poverty.

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People experience poverty

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for all sorts of reasons,

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and there's no shame in it.

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You may think you're the only one, but

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lots of families go through poverty.

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And it's not your fault.

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When you or your family lack money,

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it can cause stress and worry.

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You might find the adults in your life argue,

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and that might make you feel anxious and worried.

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It can affect the way you feel about yourself,

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so it's important not to bottle up your feelings.

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Not having money doesn't mean you're worth any less,

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and there's no shame in asking for help and support.

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Some people have more money than others, that's life.

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But if you're having a tough time with money or know someone who is,

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there are positive things you can do.

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Feeling supported and included

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can help anyone going through a rough time keep a positive attitude.

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Put yourself in someone else's shoes.

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Why would you treat somebody different

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because of what they have, or what they don't have?

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If you or a friend are struggling,

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there are cheaper options for you to choose.

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Maybe go to the park, or join a club at school.

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Be kind and understanding.

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Show you care, and don't judge others.

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Your family may be OK, but some families may not.

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If you feel you are being judged unfairly,

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don't stand for it and tell someone you trust.

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PHONE RINGS

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'The world would be a lovely place

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'if we all had enough money to live.

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'And I don't think we should just focus on our OWN country

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'about poverty -

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'I think we should also focus on the other countries around us.'

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You know, people going through hard times, it can happen to anyone.

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You, me - celebrities too.

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Some famous people have been through tough times with money.

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People like Lord Alan Sugar,

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pop stars Justin Bieber

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and Nicole Scherzinger.

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Circumstances can change for people. If you're going through hard times,

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hang on in there. And if you need help, speak to someone.

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That's all for this Lifebabble. If you want to find out more,

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head to the CBBC website. See you next time!

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The Lifebabble team talk about poverty and the different ways it can affect people. They look at positive things to do if you are going through tough times, or know someone who is, and Chavala gives advice on asking for help.