• Our Lives, commissioned by Save the Children, brings a new perspective to the lives of British children living in poverty, told through photographs, film and interviews. Award-winning photographers worked collaboratively with families to move beyond the stereotypes and capture daily challenges and family moments

    Ashleigh, Ayesha and Shaun

    Shaun ( aged 4) and Ayesha (aged 1) live in a very deprived area of Glasgow with their mum, Ashleigh who is 19

    Becoming a mother at 15, Ashleigh has had to grow up alone and fast. She longs to get a job, and has been doing a course to improve her prospects, but childcare costs are a big barrier.

  • Ashleigh & buttons
    Ashleigh & buttons
    Ashleigh sits on her bed with their kitten Buttons
  • Ashleigh removes nits from Ayesha’s hair
    Ashleigh removes nits from Ayesha’s hair
  • Ryan keeps Ayesha warm
    Ryan keeps Ayesha warm
  • Ashleigh, Ayesha & Shaun
    Ashleigh, Ayesha & Shaun
    Ashleigh, Ayesha & Shaun play fight
  • Shaun
    Shaun
    Shaun plays in the kitchen
  • Ashleigh & Shaun making dinner
    Ashleigh & Shaun making dinner
    Ashleigh & Shaun making dinner at her parents house
  • Ashleigh & Ayesha
    Ashleigh & Ayesha
    Ashleigh & Ayesha walk to nursery
  • Ashleigh & Ayesha
    Ashleigh & Ayesha
  • Ashleigh & Shaun
    Ashleigh & Shaun
    Ashleigh craddles a very tired Shaun
  • Bed time story
    Bed time story
    Ahleigh reads the weens a bed time story
  • Shaun
    Shaun
    Shaun watches Jeremy Kyle
  • Grandad & Ayesha
    Grandad & Ayesha
    Ashleigh's father visits
  • Ashleigh
    Ashleigh
    Ashleigh relaxes after putting the weens to bed
  • Ashleigh & Shaun
    Ashleigh & Shaun
    Ashleigh & Shaun see the ice cream van, Shaun get s scared of the wind moments later and begins to cry
  • Dinner with auntie
    Dinner with auntie
    The family visit Ashleigh's aunt and uncle who live a few roads away
  • Ashleigh
    Ashleigh
    Ashleigh pushing Ayesha to the park
  • Ashleigh, Ayesha & Shaun
    Ashleigh, Ayesha & Shaun
    Ashleigh, Ayesha & Shaun take a trip to the park
  • Little weens
    Little weens
    Little weens avoid getting ready to go out
  • Neeee Nawww
    Neeee Nawww
    Ashleigh often pretends the sound of the ice cream van is the emergency services if she can't afford to buy the children an ice cream
  • Breakfast
    Breakfast
    The weens eat breakfast
  • Ashleigh
    Ashleigh's younger sister
    Ashleigh's younger sister ( age 15) does her make up before heading out.
  •  Ayesha & Shaun
    Ayesha & Shaun
    Ayesha & Shaun play in the kitchen
  • Ryan return home after collecting dinner ( chips and battered sausage)
    Ryan return home after collecting dinner ( chips and battered sausage)
  • cousins
    cousins
    Ashleigh has grown up close to her cousins
  • Butter wouldn
    Butter wouldn't melt
    Ayesha after finishing her lunch
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