PANTS! PANTS! PANTS! Camerados are hanging pants around Middlesbrough

PANTS! PANTS! PANTS! Camerados are hanging pants around Middlesbrough on Friday 20th August, because when life is ‘pants’ being a camerado gets us through.

The pandemic has shown us that even when life is ‘pants’, we can get through tough times by being a camerado and looking out for each other. On Friday 20th August, camerados from across Middlesbrough are coming together in the town centre to chat, hang out and have fun.

Life has been ‘pants’ this last year for everyone, but folk from Middlesbrough have joined the camerados movement and have been looking out for each other, online and in person. Anyone can be a camerado, it’s a movement guided by six principles and they are all things you can do in your daily life to help each other get through tough times better.  

Petra, from Middlesbrough, had been part of the Camerados movement prior to the pandemic and throughout: “For me, being a camerado has been essential this last year as it’s provided the human connection that so many of us missed during lockdown. It’s what the Public Living Room’s did too – provide a human connection for people. It’s the human connections that keep us all going.” 

The 20th August is also an opportunity to launch Middlesbrough’s new Public Living Room! It will be in The Exchange in the Hillstreet Shopping Centre and is part of a national network of Public Living Rooms set up in communities by folk who are part of the Camerados movement. They are free spaces, open to everyone, where there is no agenda and no fixing, and are places for people to go on the good days and the tough. 

“The way we meet, mix and mingle has changed, but we have all learnt during the pandemic how important it is to look out for each other. Catherine Wilks is a camerado living in Leicestershire. She is the arts and activism lead for the Association of Camerados (the supporting organisation for the Camerados movement) and has been preparing to come to Middlesbrough along with local folk who are already part of the movement.

It’s all about being more human, having a laugh and having each other’s back, without agenda or judgement. Anyone is welcome, if you want to find out about the growing Camerados movement, come to Middlesbrough town centre on 20th August and share your ‘pants’ story. 

Notes to editor


  • For more about Camerados visit: 
  • The Camerados movement was founded by Maff Potts in 2015. Maff spent 20 years as CEO of a number of charities and housing associations and rewrote the UK government’s policy for homeless centres. He now believes that real social change comes from social movements. 
  • Maff is available for interviews, contact:  
  • Maff’s bio, movement stories, photos and a potted history of Camerados are available here.
  • Press enquiries: Mabel Smith –
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