About Us

new logoATD FOURTH WORLD is a human rights-based, anti-poverty organisation with more than 40 years' experience of engaging with individuals and institutions to find solutions to eradicate extreme poverty in the UK.

Working in partnership with people affected by poverty, ATD Fourth World has, since 1968, concentrated its efforts on supporting families and influencing policy through work at Frimhurst Family House in Surrey and our National Centre in London. read more...

A member of the International Movement ATD Fourth World, we work in more than twenty-five countries throughout Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. We work with affiliated organisations in 90 other countries and have over 100,000 members worldwide.

As part of our commitment to representing people living in poverty at an international level, ATD Fourth World has a permanent delegation at the European Union and holds general consultative status with UNICEF, UNESCO, ECOSOC, the International Labour Organisation and the Council of Europe.

On 17 October 1987, ATD Fourth World was at the root of the laying of a Commemorative Stone honouring the victims of extreme poverty, violence and hunger on the Parvis des Droits de l'Homme et des Libertes in Paris. Five years later, the United Nations recognised 17 October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and called on all nations to renew their commitment to fighting poverty and to show their solidarity with the poor.

Since then, more than thirty similar Commemorative Stones have already been laid around the world, from the European Parliament in Brussels to the Gardens of the United Nations in New York. Each one bears the words of Joseph Wresinski, the founder of the International Movement ATD Fourth World: "Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty."


Read the lastest edition of our regular journal, Dignity, here (pdf).

Or download the latest annual review (pdf).

Frimhurst Family House

Frimhurst Family House is a fully-modernised Victorian house set in its own extensive woodland and grounds and is, for many families, a refuge where parents and children can spend quality time together away from the stresses of daily life.

As the location for all residential aspects of ATD Fourth World's Family Support Programme, Frimhurst Family House aims to provide families with a setting in which to relax, to spend quality time together, to think clearly, to learn new skills, to meet other families in the same situation and to learn together in a respectful, non-judgemental environment.  read more...

With residential accommodation for 30 people, a carpentry workshop, an art studio, dining facilities and disabled access, Frimhurst is also available to hire for a variety of purposes, including conferences, group meetings, wedding receptions, children’s parties and private classes.

For more information, contact:
Frimhurst Family House
Guildford Road
Frimley Green,
Surrey GU16 6NU
tel: 01252 835489
email: contact@atdfrimhurst.co.uk


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The Roles We Play: Recognising the Contribution of People in Poverty

roles we playATD Fourth World, in partnership with artist and photographer Eva Sajovic, is proud to present the forthcoming publication The Roles We Play: Recognising the Contribution of People in Poverty

This new collection of photographic portraits explores the roles played by those living in poverty within their families, communities and society at large. The aim is to highlight their efforts, validate their achievements and challenge the negative attitudes often held towards vulnerable and excluded families in the UK. 

To accompany the portraits, project participants have written short texts to explain their lives, their hopes and their place in society as seen through their own eyes.

This exciting new publication will be available from June 2014. Read more...

In the words of Alison, one of the participants, "I think this project, The Roles We Play, is important because it gives people a different perspective from the generally accepted opinion that comes through the media. 

"This is a platform for ordinary people - people who live fulfilling lives, valuable lives, whether they’re on benefits or not or whether they’re disabled or they’ve got children, people who have incomparable struggle in their lives - to tell it in their own words instead of being labelled by people who don’t really know but who cast a negative judgment on people who they believe aren’t contributing to the economy. That is true democracy."

Housing and Home

ATD Fourth World is proud to announce the release of Housing and Home, a Giving Poverty a Voice project report. It is available to download here.

Giving Poverty a Voice supports people experiencing poverty and inequality in London to engage with and participate in their communities and, in so doing, have their say on the decisions that affect their lives.

Representatives from local community organisations, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Oxfam GB, Oxford University, Save the Children, Southwark Citizens Advice Bureaux Service, Southwark Council, Trust for London and Z2K were all present to hear, discuss and react to the report's findings. Read more...

Using issue-based discussion forums, capacity-building workshops and examinations of the different opportunities and avenues to participate in the democratic process, Giving Poverty a Voice aims to empower and encourage people to stand up and be heard.

A blog to support the project can be seen here.

Giving Poverty a Voice is supported by Trust for London, the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales and Southwark Council. 

Holiday from Poverty 


Holiday from Poverty, a six-minute film that opens a window onto the impact of a family taking their first ever holiday, is now available to be viewed here

The film follows the Hope family to Frimhurst Family House, the location setting for all residential aspects of ATD Fourth World's Family Support Programme, and seeks to challenge media stereotypes of ‘poor people’.

“Living in poverty isn't just about money,” says director Jez Lewis, “It's the fear of what other people think of you, the feeling that you're not even entitled to the things they take for granted. Read more...

Holiday from Poverty is part of the Why Poverty series of films exploring the realities faced by people living in poverty. It was funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and made by Mosaic Films. More films from the series are available here