So... We thought with the launch of our shiny new website, a little background on why we started Little Wrens Wardrobe would be well placed. In 2016 we, a somewhat amateurish group of local ladies, decided to do something to practically tackle the poverty levels we had witnessed first hand in Cornwall. We are all volunteers and run the project in our own time - we are mums, teachers, social workers, police officers, childminders, carers, mental health workers, school support workers, children's centres team staff, shop workers - and just share a love of helping others, having fun...oh and gin!
We did a little research and were shocked to find out the high percentage of families that lived in poverty in our own county. The cost of living in Cornwall is greater than in many areas of the country, with affordability pressures felt in the private rented sector, high energy, water and transport household costs and with the county having one of the lowest earnings levels in the country. We wanted to make sure our project recognised that not only the 60,000 families in Cornwall currently claiming Child Benefit needed assistance, but also working families too that are struggling to make ends meet. While in the past children in poverty may have predominantly been in households where no one worked, figures now show that in 2012/13, 1 in 10 children living in poverty were in households where at least one adult was working. In 2014 there were 176 children on Child Protection Plans in Cornwall, 1,500 children deemed ‘Children in Need’ supported by Social Services, 2,961 domestic incidents recorded where children were present and 836 children living in high risk MARAC households along with a staggering 16,890 children and young people aged 0-19 years living in poverty in Cornwall.