Find out about upcoming training opportunities and events from The Poverty Alliance and our partners.

A Parliament to Tackle Poverty? 20 years of the Scottish Parliament

When: 09:30 - 16:30 Friday 11 October 2019
Where: The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3NY

This year's Poverty Alliance’s annual conference will mark the 20th anniversary of the Scottish Parliament. Focusing on the impact that the Parliament has had on tackling poverty and social injustice, it will be an opportunity to reflect on sucesses and to set out how the challenges ahead can be met.

There will be opportunities to discuss with campaigners from across civil society, Scottish Government representatives, politicians in a series of panels and workshops. It will be a chance to better understand how we have made progress in the past and to consider how we apply these lessons to the future.

Places at the conference are FREE but limited.

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Talking about poverty to win hearts and minds

When: 09:30 - 13:00 Wednesday 14 August, Thursday 22 August and Wednesday 4 September (sign up for one session only)
Where: The Poverty Alliance, 94 Hope Street, Glasgow G2 6PH

In the run up to Challenge Poverty Week this free half day session will explore public attitudes towards poverty and share the latest research on how to build support for the solutions to tackle it. It will be full of practical tips you can employ to effectively win hearts and minds. The insights are based on research undertaken by the Frameworks Institute who interviewed 20,000 people across the UK and tested different ways of talking about poverty. The morning will also include an optional 45 minutes of entry level media and social media training at the end.

By signing up to the training you agree to complete a short online evaluation (2 mins) both immediately after the event and one month after the event to help us asses the impact. Please note that these sessions are typically oversubscribed so please let us know if you need to cancel.

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Poverty Awareness Training

This half-day course is designed for people who would like to have a better understanding of poverty issues and want to identify ways in which they could engage more effectively with individuals and communities facing poverty and social exclusion.

Poverty Awareness Training is delivered by experienced Poverty Alliance fieldworkers who will draw on their in-depth knowledge and direct experience of working with individuals and groups who are experiencing poverty.

Course Aims:

  • To increase participants knowledge and understanding of the relationship between poverty and inequality and how poverty impacts on individuals lives; with specific reference to stigma and low pay in Scotland.
  • To enable participants to identify ways in which they can provide an effective service to people who experience poverty.

At the end of this half-day course participants will;

  • Have an understanding of the nature, roots and causes of poverty and what poverty means to those experiencing it. Examples will be drawn from our experiences on tackling poverty.
  • Have an understanding of the relationship between inequality and poverty for example how it interacts with protected characteristics.
  • Be aware of ways in which common prejudices and stereotypes can lead to discrimination and the unfair treatment of people experiencing poverty.
  • Have identified changes and improvements which can be made to work practices to improve service delivery.

To commission the training or for more information please contact Robin Tennant, Fieldwork Manager,

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