Resources related to community and local authority approaches to tackling poverty and how we can use evidence to challenge stereotypes and address poverty.

Centrestage’s distinct food provision programme in some of the most deprived areas of North and East Ayrshire achieves impact and empowers individuals and communities.

The overarching conclusion is that Centrestage offers a distinct approach to food provision by creating a social environment as well as a dignified transaction. The study demonstrates the importance of social space and interaction when it comes to dignified food provision. This research report draws lessons from Centrestage to inform policy and practice.

Collaborative action research inquiries in Fife focused on welfare, family learning, and partnerships to support pupils with additional needs. This involved the practitioner teams working together on all aspects of the inquiry  – identifying a research problem, collecting data, analysing, interpreting, and acting – for a prolonged period of time..

One inquiry examined welfare sanctions, including available data, and how it can be used to support people who are at risk of or receive a sanction.

How we can use evidence to challenge stereotypes and address poverty? At this seminar, the programme included the sharing of the personal experience of stigma and poverty, and a panel of research presentations covering issues such as food poverty, youth opportunities, experiences of welfare reform, and the design of anti-poverty policies.

The ‘Community-led Approaches to Reducing Poverty’ workshop offered the opportunity to review the latest evidence, practice and experiences in community-led approaches to reducing poverty.

The main focus for the event was a presentation by Dr Richard Crisp, from the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University, who spoke about the findings in his research report – Community-led approaches to reducing poverty in neighbourhoods: A review of evidence and practice – which was carried out for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. This is the first comprehensive review of community-led activities and how these impact on poverty.

There were two events: one in Clydebank, hosted in collaboration with West Dunbartonshire Community Planning Partnership, and in Dundee.

Local authorities and community planning partnerships can mitigate and prevent child poverty. This evidence review and briefing offers practicable steps to support that. It presents evidence to support local authorities and community planning partnerships (CPP) to:

  1. identify factors that may mitigate the effects of child poverty
  2. make suggestions on how the local authority can act to prevent child poverty occurring
  3. identify early trigger signs that may suggest an increased risk of poverty

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