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

Poverty Alliance Annual General Meeting 

26 November 2021 9.30am - 12noon

This year’s Poverty Alliance AGM will include a session to allow members to reflect and learn from recent campaigns work around social security. Over the last year there has been a concerted campaign by organisations across Scotland and the UK to keep the £20 uplift to Universal Credit. There is much to learn from this campaign regarding how we bring together our network, including people with direct experience of the system, to make the case for the social security system we need.  

To lead this discussion, we are delighted to have Emma Revie, Chief Executive of the Trussell Trust and Dr Miatta Fahnbulleh, Chief Executive of the New Economics Foundation. They will talk about what we can learn from the Keep the Lifeline campaign and what this means for campaigning the social security system in the future.  

There will also be time for Poverty Alliance members to share their own experiences and priorities in workshops. When you have registered for the AGM, we will contact you to ask for your workshop preferences.   

All members who wish to register should contact for more information.


09.30 Welcome and Introductions  

Peter Kelly, Director, the Poverty Alliance 

09.35 Cutting the Lifeline: Learning for the Future  

Emma Revie, Chief Executive, The Trussell Trust 

Miatta Fahnbulleh, Chief Executive, New Economics Foundation   

 10:15 Working Together: Our priorities? 

Three workshop exploring aspects of how we can work together to make a stronger case for a decent social security system:   

Making the argument: Although there are signs of growing public support for a strong social safety net, there is still much work to do to win hearts and minds for more ambitious action on social security to help tackle poverty. Despite the experience of the last 18 months, when our social security system was crucial, more needs to be done to build support.  How can members of the Poverty Alliance help make that case in their own work and activity?  

Communities together: grassroots organisations and people on the sharp end of social security can play a critical role in creating support for a decent social security system. Whether in speaking out publicly or providing critical frontline support, the role of groups, organisations and individuals are vital in demonstrating the need for social security. This workshop will explore what more the Poverty Alliance can do to support communities to come together to take action.'  

Using our powers: The Scottish Parliament and Government now has important powers over social security. It has used these to enhance Carers Allowance, introduce the new Scottish Child Payment, and will see new the Adult Disability Assistance introduced next year. How can Poverty Alliance members help win political support for building on these important steps to create a more adequate Scottish social security system, based around a Minimum Income Guarantee?  

 11.15 Break 

 11.30 Poverty Alliance AGM 

Papers for the AGM will be sent in advance to all members. 

 12noon Close

All members who wish to register should contact for more information.


Challenge Poverty Week Lecture 2021

5 October 2021, 6.30pm-7.45pm

The Poverty Alliance and the Scottish Poverty and Inequality Research Unit (SPIRU) at Glasgow Caledonian University are delighted that Baroness Ruth Lister will deliver this year's Challenge Poverty lecture.

Across a distinguished career as a campaigner and academic Professor Lister has explored how we understand and conceive poverty, and how these understandings impact both the experience of poverty and our responses to it. Recurring themes in her work include the connection between poverty and human rights; the differential experiences of poverty; discourses of poverty, in particular the experience of 'othering'.

For the Challenge Poverty Lecture 2021 Professor Lister will explore these themes and what they mean for addressing poverty in Scotland during and after the pandemic.

You can watch the lecture here. 

Poverty Alliance Annual Conference 2021

Rights in Recovery: Protecting Rights and Tackling Poverty After Covid

8 October 2021

The impact of the pandemic has been different across our society. People living on low incomes, disabled people or people with long term health conditions, people from black and ethnic minority communities, and those who were in low paid employment have all been at greater risk. As we now look towards a period of recovery from the pandemic, this conference will look how we can both tackle poverty and ensure that the human rights of those who have been most affected can be protected and extended.

The speakers at the conference include John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Covid Recovery Plans, Professor Olivier de Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights,  Judith Robertson, Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission, Talat Yaqoob, writer and campaigner, and Bruce Adamson, Children and Young People's Commissioner for Scotland, Moira Tasker, CEO of Inclusion Scotland.


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 

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