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

Poverty Alliance Annual Conference:

Never the Same Again? Addressing Poverty After the Pandemic

9 October 2020

Our annual conference this year will be a series of sessions to explore different aspects of the impact of the pandemic. They are designed to open up discussion about how we move forward, and will help to refine the Poverty Alliance's approach over the months and years ahead. To take part in the conference please register for each session separately - we would encourage you to attend as many sessions as possible in order to take full advantage of the discussions. All of our discussions will be recorded and will be available after the conference.

We have a wide range of speakers taking part across this half day event including Aileen Campbell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, Julia Unwin, Chair of the Independent Inquiry into Civil Society, Sabir Razai, CEO of the Scottish Refugee Council, Dr Katherine Trebeck of the Wellbeing Economy Alliance, Laura Gardiner, Director of the Living Wage Foundation and many more.

To view the days sessions visit the conference webpage

Poverty Alliance Webinar Series: Build Back Better

The ongoing pandemic is having a profound impact on our economy and society, as well as our health. As we plan our recovery, we must redesign our economy so that we all have enough. Like others, we have been making the call to ‘Build Back Better’. But what does ‘better’ mean in practice, and how can we achieve it?

To answer these questions we are organising a series of webinars to discuss key questions and to identify what needs to change in the medium and long term. These seminars will bring together speakers from a wide range of experiences and backgrounds to share their ideas and to help us contribute to creating a better society out of this crisis.

Build Back Webinar 6: Stigma, Shame and Poverty: How can we change the toxic narrative on poverty?

6th October 6-7pm (GMT)

There is a toxic and shaming narrative around poverty in the UK. It is reinforced by public policy, often policy supposedly designed to help people living on low incomes. If we want to tackle poverty and change the policies that help create it, then we also need to change the narrative around poverty.

As part of Challenge Poverty Week we are hosting this online discussion to look at why the narrative around poverty is so important and how we can go about changing it. Mary O’Hara, journalist and author, will be talking about her latest book The Shame Game: Overturning the Toxic Poverty Narrative. She will be joined by Nat Kendall-Taylor, Chief Executive Officer of the Frameworks Institute, who has led on ground breaking research on the public understanding of poverty in the UK.

Our discussion will cover what the impact of this shaming narrative can be on people on low incomes, how we can practically begin to tell a different story about poverty. We will also look at what the impact of the coronavirus may mean for the re-framing discussions about poverty.

Click here to watch this webinar on YouTube

Build Back Better Webinar 1: Poverty, Health and Covid-19: Emerging Lessons in Scotland

Our speakers for this webinar were:

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Build Back Webinar 2: Returning to Work: Addressing Unemployment after Covid-19

June 11th 2020

Our speakers for this webinar were:

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Build Back Webinar 3: Disability, Rights and Covid-19: Learning for the Future

June 22nd 2020

Our speakers for this webinar were:

  • Chloe Trew, Participation Officer, Scottish Human Rights Commission
  • Tressa Burke, Director, Glasgow Disability Alliance
  • Dr Sally Witcher, Chief Executive Officer, Inclusion Scotland

Click here to watch this webinar on You Tube

Build Back Webinar 4: Getting Back on Track? Priorities for Scottish social security after covid-19

27th July

Please note that webinar is available only to Poverty Alliance members

Our speakers for this webinar were:

  • Jen Gracie, Policy and Parliamentary Officer, Child Poverty Action Group Scotland
  • Mhoraig Green, Strategic Lead for Social Justice, Citizens Advice Scotland
  • Shaben Begum, Director, Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance

Build Back Webinar 5: Poverty Alliance & Wellbeing Economy Alliance Webinar: How can a Green recovery help address poverty?

28th August

The speakers for this webinar were:

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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.

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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