Friday 6th March 2015 saw Wrexham’s first Anti-Poverty Conference arranged by the Anti-Poverty Development Group under the Local Service Board (LSB). The conference, entitled “On the Breadline”, was attended by various organisations with a view to sharing information and collectively discussing how poverty can be best tackled throughout the county borough of Wrexham.
Over 100 representatives attended from over 30 organisations – all of which provide services to help vulnerable people in or at risk of poverty.
The LSB’s Tackling Poverty Strategy was launched at the event and delegates started off the consultation on the document.
The Welsh Government Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths AM, attended the conference from a national perspective while Helen Patterson, WCBC Chief Executive, presented the local view. Two hard hitting videos were shown that really put into perspective what it’s like for people affected by poverty and a presentation on the new Universal Credit was delivered by the Department of Work and Pensions.
Refreshments were provided by local services – the Harm reduction van distributed tea and coffee outside the conference centre and the lunch was provided by the WA.R.M café utilising food that you would typically get from a food bank. (W.A.R.M stands for Wrexham Addiction Recovery Movement and, run by volunteers they provide a café at Ty Croeso in Wrexham for people in recovery and the homeless).
AVOW played a large part in organising the event along with other members of the anti-poverty development group and it was considered that there is vast knowledge within Wrexham to aid the alleviation of poverty but that all needed to work together to share knowledge and best practice to benefit the most vulnerable people in Wrexham.
Below are the speeches, the feedback from the workshops and the case studies as well as the videos that had such an impact. In addition, the LSB’s Anti-Poverty Strategy and the initial findings from the conference consultation. The consultation ends on and you can provide more thorough feedback if you wish here:
- Lesley Griffiths Minster for Communities and Tackling Poverty
- Dr. Helen Patterson Chief Executive
- Louise Woodfine – introducing the LSB Tackling Poverty Strategy
- John Gallanders summing up
- Below the breadline
- Faceless in Wrexham
- DWP Presentation on Universal Credit
- Feedback from the case studies
- Feedback from the workshops
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