This country was built by the people who worked in its factories, shipyards and mines; who fought its wars; built its roads and houses; and paid its taxes. The working class has a proud history of strength, resilience and hard work.
But now, more than ever, working class communities are stigmatised and isolated: stereotyped as chavs, ‘workshy’, and ‘feral’. Many working class young people feel disconnected from their heritage, no pride in their surroundings and excluded from the nation’s future.
RECLAIM works with working class young people who show brilliance; passion; leadership; and critical engagement with the world around them. They have the determination and the skills to shape a fairer society. They are proud of their communities, and engage as activists and leaders demanding for their voices to be heard.
It’s now time to shift negative perceptions of the working class.