Get Heard Scotland

Do you want to influence the decisions that affect poverty? Then join us and Get Heard

Get Heard Scotland (GHS) helps people affected by poverty get their voices heard on the policies and decisions that most impact their lives. The programme is coordinated by the Poverty Alliance and funded by the Scottish Government as part of its Child Poverty Delivery Plan.

Put simply, it aims to find out what is working, what is not and what people would like to see changed to help reduce poverty. Most importantly, GHS should have a real impact on policy, and on the lives of people living in communities affected by poverty across Scotland.

Who should get involved?

We want to hear as wide a range of voices and experiences of poverty as possible to ensure that local and national responses to poverty reflect the reality on the ground. We are particularly interested to hear from individuals with experience of poverty, national organisations and community based organisations.

We want to hear from you!

Get Heard is all about you organising discussions about what needs to change in your community to help address poverty in Scotland.

Run a discussion group - A toolkit for talking!

Use our toolkit to facilitate discussions about how to address poverty. You can use this toolkit as much or as little as you wish to guide and inform conversations.
Discussion groups should be focused around the three simple questions that are at the heart of Get Heard Scotland:

  • What works in your community?
  • What doesn't work?
  • What needs to change?

Find out more about the toolkit here.

Become a partner

We are always looking for more national and regional partners to come onboard and ensure that we have a truly Scotland-wide reach. To discuss becoming a GHS partner email Robin Tennant, Fieldwork Manager at

Give us your feedback

A key part of the the Get Heard Scotland process is gathering your views and ideas on how we can best address poverty in Scotland. We'll make sure the results of your discussions are passed onto the Scottish Government and your Local Authority and Health Board.

We have produced a simple feedback form to help capture the discussions that take place. The form should be filled in by facilitators or their note takers and returned to us. Don't forget to put your contact details on the form so that we can keep in touch.

Feedback form coming soon - please email 

Latest News from Get Heard

We have recently (May 2020) launched four new reports from Get Heard Scotland.

Our Lives, Our Solutions is the annual report of the initiative. It reveals the range of challenges being faced by people living in the grip of poverty across Scotland – including inadequate social security, digital exclusion, food insecurity, high energy costs and insecure work –  as well as their ideas and proposals for action.

The report was based on the evidence generated by 37 community discussions that took place between August 2019 – December 2019 in Midlothian, Highlands, North Ayrshire, Edinburgh and Glasgow, with participants being asked to reflect on what’s working well in their community, what’s not working well, and what needs to change to better support people living on low incomes and unlock people from poverty. We have also launched three summary reports for Midlothian, North Ayrshire and Highland.

Click this link to read the full report, Our Lives, Our Solutions.

Click this link to read the North Ayrshire Summary Report

Click this link to read the Highland Summary Report

Click this link to read the Midlothian Summary Report

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