I grew up in a first-generation immigrant household, and having experiences of homelessness and disability within our family, we were supported by social security benefits which provided a stepping stone out of poverty, but also demonstrated to me some of the limitations and stigma that can be associated with the welfare system first-hand.  My understanding of this broadened through working as a social worker at the start of my career all the way to my current role as a Director of Business Development and Co-Founder of Spring Housing Association and as Chair of Sir Josiah Mason Trust, an alms-house charity, supporting older people and younger people in Birmingham and the West Midlands.
 
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