Stories

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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Poverty Truth Commissions Annual Virtual Conference

It’s sometimes the Simple Things….. I had the pleasure of joining 50 Poverty Truth Commissions this week at their Annual Virtual Conference. It was uplifting to see so many on differing stages of their development, from Suffolk to Sheffield and...

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Real Life Stories

We all know that the Pandemic has made many people financially vulnerable over the past 15 months.  Those who work in the hospitality or travel trade for example, now reliant to a certain extent on Government initiatives. But Financial Vulnerability...

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There’s nothing basic about food

Food is something which most of us take for granted, but increasingly people within our various communities are struggling with Food Poverty, exacerbated by the COVID19 pandemic which has brought more individuals and families to the cliff edge of financial...

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A Story of COVID19

Some of our service users include a man who had not eaten for 4 days and could only stare at the 4 walls of his house not knowing what to do. He had recently started a job, however his workplace...

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