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.