Stories

An Inescapable Shadow – Holly’s Story

For Holly (a non-binary disabled person), poverty is like a shadow that has been stalking them since they were a child – an in-escapable shadow. “It means suffering”, they explained. “It means having to ask for help, for food, from...

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A Difficult Reality – Flick’s Story

Poverty can be a difficult reality to escape from – one that is full of barriers and challenges. Seeing as though Flick has been through these challenges herself, she agreed to share some of her thoughts and feelings about poverty...

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The Inability to Participate – Alan’s Story

Poverty is a deep complex concept – a concept that impacts many different areas of the lives of those who experience it. But it was through his personal experiences and general awareness that Alan’s understanding of what poverty entails has...

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There are different levels of Poverty – TK’s story

TK is a mother who is on her way to becoming a teacher. She recently took the time to share her insights and thoughts on how poverty has impacted the life of her and her family. Poverty, in her experience,...

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A tale of two schools

Poverty is far reaching and multi-dimensional. What is often reported is the sad fact that children can go to school with empty bellies, making it harder for them to participate and concentrate on their studies. Here is a tale from...

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Lorraine’s Perspective on Poverty

Lorraine is a working mother, grandmother and student who recently shared her story on how she is struggling with debt and financial distress. For her, living in poverty means not having enough to pay her bills and the cost of...

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Rachel and Joleen’s Story

For Rachel and Joleen, two young care leavers who agreed to share their experiences, poverty is about not having the resources (like money, food, or clothes) to cover their basic needs. “I think I realise it more now that I’m...

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The first West Northamptonshire Commission Meeting takes place

On the 15th of November 2021 the very first West Northamptonshire Community Commissioner Meeting took place. Community Commissioners are those people who have some form of lived experience of Poverty or Hardship and are prepared to talk about it. They...

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West Northamptonshire – An Anti-Poverty Strategy Update

West Northamptonshire is basing its Anti-Poverty Strategy on a Salford Model of Good Practice. The first 6 months of this Strategy will set out some key themes, all of which can be seen here The three themes are: Assisting People...

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Update on West Northamptonshire’s Anti-Poverty Strategy

Following on from the recent post in respect of West Northamptonshire’s Anti-Poverty Strategy, 5 urgent priorities for the next 6 months  are now seen as vital moving forward. These are: 1.      Improved communication and awareness raising of access to financial information...

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