Watch the film made by the Dole Animators in 2013 about their experiences of benefits in times of welfare reform


What would a future without poverty look like? How would it feel and what difference would it make to individuals who are living in poverty today?

These were questions that brought us together on a sunny afternoon in Leeds to develop our very own zine (a DIY magazine) which contrasts the situation we face today, with how things might be in the future, if action was taken to finally solve UK poverty.

We came together this month is to mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The celebration of this day every year around the world is about recognising that we do not have to live in a society where millions of people are living in poverty. The future can and should be different for all of our sakes.

Check out our zine below, and share it on social media using the hashtag #povertytakeover and copying this link.

JUNE 2017

In June 2017, the Dole Animators launched their blueprint for addressing poverty and insecurity in the UK. Working with a graphic designer – Dan Farley – and a researcher – Ruth Patrick –  the Dole Animators have come up with a five point plan for a brighter future.  The project was supported by the Webb Memorial Trust.  Take part in the debate on twitter using #goodsociety


JUNE 2015

At the beginning of June 2015, representatives from the Dole Animators spoke at an event organised by the University of Leeds.  During the event, the group described their hopes to create a new campaign to challenge the stigma of benefits receipt. More details here. 

MAY 2015

Throughout the second series of Benefits Street, the Dole Animators gave short interviews about what had been happening in their lives since they made their own film, back in 2013.  Each week an audio interview was uploaded with one of the original participants. You can listen to the interviews with Adrian, Cath, Isobella, Sam and Susan by clicking on their ‘participants’ stories page.