Current Projects


 Welfare Trackers is a new collaboration between the Poverty Alliance, Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector andScottish Drugs Forum, funded by BLF in Scotland. Focused in Glasgow the project will:

  • Raise awareness about key elements of future welfare changes and what they mean for individuals and organisations
  • Connect organisations across the voluntary and community sector in Glasgow to share experiences of welfare change. 
  • Carry out research to understand the impact of welfare reform in Glasgow on individuals and organisations

If you are interesting in finding out more about Welfare Trackers and how you can be involved then contact Robin Tennant 

Emergency Food Aid Research Project

The Poverty Alliance is currently carrying out a Scottish Government commissioned research project on emergency food aid provision in Scotland. The project is running between June 2014 and January 2015 and involves research with emergency food aid providers to better understand the links and connections between the different providers, and the referral processes that are in place. This project has the following aims:

  • To gain a better understanding of the range of support delivered by emergency food providers;
  • To enable emergency food aid providers to better refer their clients to the additional support that they may require;
  • To contribute to combating the growth of food poverty in Scotland.

An important outcome of the research will be a suite of materials to assist those delivering emergency food aid to better link with mainstream services. Data is being gathered through an online survey of emergency food aid providers and a series of focus groups and interviews with providers and other key stakeholders.

The final report and materials will be published in January 2015. If you have any questions or would like more information on this project, please contact Mary Anne MacLeod, Research Officer. 

Employers who are paying the living wage deserve recognition for their commitment to decent wages. The Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initative aims to promote the accreditation scheme to employers in Scotland. The Initaitive, whioch is funded by the Scottish Government and delivered in partnership with the Living Wage Foundation, provides support and guidance to employers who wish to make the move to become accreditated and will help publicise their commitment. For more information visit

Beyond Four Walls: Participatory Research with Young People

The Poverty Alliance are working with Children in Scotland to undertake an exciting participatory youth research project exploring housing and communities funded by the Wheatley group. This project will run from June 2014 to June 2015 and will involve a team of young researchers carrying out a piece of research looking at young people’s views and needs in housing. This will involve training and on-going support to carry out the research work. The project will feed into development plans at the Wheatley group as well as wider anti-poverty work at both a local and national level.

For more information about the project please contact:
Fiona McHardy, Research and Policy Officer 
Lisa Whittaker, Research Officer 
Please follow the project on Twitter @Beyond4w

The RE-InVEST project is a collaboration between a wide range of organisations across Europe who share desire to contribute to an EU that is based on solidary and inclusion, through an inclusive, powerful and effective social investment strategy at EU level. Moreover, the project itself adopts a participative approach that involves the voices of vulnerable groups and civil society organisations.

The project is being co-ordinated by Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium and involves representatives from 13 countries across Europe. The Poverty Alliance is involved in a number of work packages, particularly on particiaptory research, on the social damage of economic crisis and minimum standards in service markets. Our role is to engage people with experience fo poverty in the research process in Scotland. 

Re-InVEST started in March 2015 and will carry on until March 2019. Regular updates and policy papers will be available throughout the project via the project website. For more information visit:

For more on the role of the Poverty Alliance contact Peter Kelly



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