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Tackling Poverty Awards: short films

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Community Links has always believed that those who experience an issue understand it best, and this was one of the reasons we, along with our partner Church Action on Poverty, undertook a series of “Listening Events”  as part of our work on the European Year for Tackling Poverty and Social Exclusion.

We worked with 36 organisations around the country to hold meetings in local communities focused on issues of working-age poverty. These events brought together almost 600 people with direct experience of poverty to uncover some of the issues and myths around work and poverty in their area.

The next stage is  The Tackling Poverty Awards which have been developed to identify and celebrate projects that are making a meaningful contribution to people of working-age living in poverty in the UK.  Five organisations have been shortlisted for this award and they each received a video camera this autumn and were asked to make a short video of some of the work that they do.

A judging panel of Stephen Timms, MP, Polly Toynbee, Journalist, David Akinsanya, Film Maker/Broadcaster and Kathleen Carter, Trustee from Church Action on Poverty will help decide on the overall winner of this award.

We are also asking for feedback from viewers to help in choosing the winner – have a look at the films and let us know what you think.

The winner will be announced at an Awards Ceremony at Community Links, Canning Town, London on Tuesday December 14th 12 – 3.00pm. If you would like to attend you can book a FREE place.

Have a look at the films:
Click on the Project name or view the whole sequence below

African Community Centre, Swansea: Delivering services and activities to promote the health, well being, education, employment and participation of of African and African Caribbean people in Swansea.


Community and Voluntary Service Communities and Neighborhoods Building Effectiveness,(CANBE) Ealing, London CANBE is a multi-project programme using community development, training, information sharing and influencing skills to ensure “an equal voice for the least heard”.


Carers Advice & Resource Establishment, (CARES), Sandwell CARES  supports unpaid carers and the people they look after throughout the borough of Sandwell in the West Midlands.


Dove Workshop, Neath, Wales This friendly, informal, welcoming adult community education centre has developed facilities for education and training opportunities, and support services to its local community.


The Small Group Project, High Peaks CVS brings together and supports the many small informal and often unsustainable groups scattered throughout this rural district

Click on a project name to view the film, or watch the whole playlist in sequence below.

11 Responses to “Tackling Poverty Awards: short films”

  1. Lynne Jones says:

    This is a great video. Captured the work that CARES does for unpaid family carers in Sandwell

  2. dave jones says:

    this an excellent and much needed local resource

  3. dave jones says:

    quality and personal service

  4. Truly Bishop says:

    This is a really good video CARES helped me with my benefits and helped me to learn to cope more financially aswell as giving me more of a social life and the ability to go out and meet people beyond my home life. They are all really caring and supportive and are more than happy to take out some of their time to speak to you, very welcoming community and I more than reccommend it! :)

  5. Lynne Jones says:

    Cares were there for me when I needed financial help, they helped me sort out all my benefits. They were fantastic

  6. Dean Yates says:

    Carers Advice and Resource Establishment Sandwell is a highley beneficial Community Resource which, through Advice and Support empowered my mother to Care for her Father whilst he was terminally ill.

  7. Mandy Orford says:

    The DOVE Workshop is an excellent centre. They provide much needed support, advice and education to a very deprived area. I was fortunate enough to do a course at DOVE in 1992, which led to a job at Swansea University. While I studied my children attended the wonderful creche and the centre even provided my transport. All thanks to the dedication and help of the DOVE staff. Best wishes for the next 25 years. Mandy Orford.

  8. Kate Faulkner says:

    I went up to Dove 11 years ago to enrol on an IT course. I gained the confidence to apply for a job and have worked there ever since. Dove encourages a passion for learning and knowledge and everyone who goes there loves it. The cafe does a nice coffee too!

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  10. Simon Ware says:

    CARES are a wonderful local organisation who are highly praised by carers and others. They make a real difference to the lives of the people they work with and we are all better for it.

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