Beyond a simple lack of money, poverty can easily push people into social exclusion – frozen out of the workplace and from opportunities.
In some communities, multiple generations are locked out of work, harming their health and wellbeing.
In Bristol, Phoenix Social Enterprise works to fight that.
Through a range of courses and its community hub, the charity has helped thousands of people in the west of England. It puts special focus on disadvantaged groups and minority ethnic communities.
And now, £40,000 in funding from Big Issue Invest, the investment arm of the Big Issue, will allow Phoenix to renovate its premises and make its courses digital.
The barriers to employment can be all-too-familiar. As well as a lack of education and skills, things such as debt, childcare, and disabilities can combine to make life harder for underrepresented groups.