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Millions have secret desire to speak out

A poll published today reveals that millions of Brits who have overcome adversity in life have a secret desire to tell their story to the media, but don’t know how.

According to the research, close to half (44%) said that they had overcome a significant challenge in their life, such as disability or prejudice. And 10% of those people would like help in telling that story to the media – which equates to just under 3m people in the UK.

The survey, which was carried out by pollsters Sapio Research, shows the strength of feeling amongst the public to make a difference and make sure that others don’t experience what they did.

The news comes as a new Community Interest Company is launched, which aims to provide a news platform for those voices. The Rooftop News CIC will soon enable people with lived experience of overcoming challenges to have their voices heard while simultaneously meeting the wider public’s growing need for more positive news.

As many readers will know, the Rooftop was first launched by social enterprise Campaign Collective as a way to highlight positive news stories to the public, against a media landscape of often doom and gloom.

Today, the Rooftop has transformed into an independent Community Interest Community, expanding our mission to help deliver training and advice to members of the public who want to have their voices heard.

One of the Rooftop CIC Founders Simon Francis said:

We aim to address the lack of positive news that the public hears about. While helping the millions of people in the UK who want to tell their story of overcoming challenges in their lives to the media.

By providing an outlet for these inspiring stories – and news from other amazing campaigners – we will empower those people who have overcome challenges and help others learn from the experiences of inspiring individuals.

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