News & Opinion

GMPA actively visits and reports on initiatives and facilities happening across the region which are aimed at helping those in poverty. Read some of our reports, browse our Newsletters and consider the opinions of our guest bloggers. Please get in touch with any comments or ideas.

Meet some of our members…

Alec Spencer GM Living Wage Coordinator for GM Poverty Action

Alec Spencer

Alec will be taking on the role of GM Living Wage Campaign Coordinator from mid-August 2016. As Development Officer at West Cheshire Foodbank Alec has seen first-hand the hardship that low pay leads to and has written about this in the Guardian and in his latest publication, Still Hungry.   He brings great passion and experience to the role

Allison Foreman profile for GM Poverty Action

Allison Foreman

Allison is the User Development Worker at Macc, Manchester’s voluntary, community and social enterprise sector support organisation. She works with user groups to influence the plans and services affecting their lives.  Allison previously represented the VCSE sector on the GM Low Pay Commission and is delighted that GMPA is taking this work forward.  

Lynda Battarbee

Lynda Battarbee

Lynda is a Trussell Trust Foodbank Network Development Officer in the NW. Her work involves: training, developing foodbanks; building partnerships across the region; speaking at events and to the media on issues of food poverty; facilitating meetings and conferences for foodbanks and contributing to the wider foodbank network, in particular by producing and updating guidance documents

James Found

James is the Research and Evaluation Officer on the Inspiring Change Manchester programme, an innovative approach that works with people with multiple needs. James helped to develop their service to ensure that it meets the needs of the people they are working with through providing learning and feedback and turning it into action

Adele Jordan cracking good food - profile for GMPA website

Adele Jordan

Adele Jordan and her team have run Cracking Good Food, a sustainable cooking network since 2010. They teach people – now nearly 10,000 people – how to cook from scratch working with communities like Mustard Tree, Life Share and Compassion Foodbanks. Cookery Schools for the public helps to support the Community Outreach work.

Hannah Slater of 4in10 profile for GMPA article

Hannah Slater

Hannah Slater is Research and Learning Officer at 4in10, the campaigning network of organisations and individuals tackling child poverty in London, where she leads on research projects as well as working on policy and events. Like GMPA, 4in10 are a regional network advocating for solutions which draw on local assets in meeting the specific challenges

Jayne Allman article for the GMPA website

Jayne Allman

Jayne Allman is the Founder and CEO of Banana Enterprise Network. She started the charity after spotting a gap in provision specifically to support disadvantaged people who wish to explore the idea of self-employment as a potential option for work. Jayne enjoys empowering people to achieve success beyond their initial expectations!

Jez Green of Mustard Tree profile for GMPA article

Jez Green

Jez Green has worked at Mustard Tree for 7 years, piloting 2 new projects. Recently he’s been seconded to facilitate the co-production and implementation of a homelessness charter for the city. For Jez this is an exciting opportunity to put people who have experienced homelessness at the heart of the work.

Tracy Langton of Northwards Housing profile for GMPA article

Tracy Langton

Tracy Langton is Principal Rent Manager and Project Lead for Welfare Reform at Northwards Housing, an ALMO in North Manchester managing 13,500 properties. She is passionate about social justice and in her spare time acts as a trustee on the Helena Kennedy Foundation

Mike Riddle of Sunshine House profile for GMPA article

Mike Riddell

Mike Riddell is the Business Advisor at Sunshine House Community Centre in Wigan. His role is to help Sunshine House sustain itself commercially so that it can continue to help the community in Scholes where it is based do more good and help more people.

Damian Grimshaw of Manchester Business School profile for GMPA article

Damian Grimshaw

Damian Grimshaw is Professor of Employment Studies and Director of the European Work and Employment Research Centre (EWERC) at the Manchester Business School, University of Manchester. His research covers low pay, precarious employment, women’s position in the labour market and European comparative analysis.  

Amanda Croome of Booth Centre for GMPA article

Amanda Croome

Amanda Croome is the CEO of the Booth Centre, a day centre for homeless people, operating in Manchester since 1995. Amanda founded the Booth Centre on the principles that everyone should have a safe place to call home, positive relationships and a purpose in life.

Lily Axworthy of Greater Together profile for GMPA

Lily Axworthy

Lily is the Development Worker for Greater Together Manchester. Her aim to support and build the capacity of people, communities, churches and other organisations who are tackling issues of poverty, deprivation and disadvantage across the region.

Katy Jones Salford University Research Fellow profile write up for GMPA

Katy Jones

Katy is a Research Fellow in the Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU) at the University of Salford. She is currently working on research projects relating to welfare conditionality and sanctions, homelessness, and child sexual exploitation.

Satty Rai of the Northern Housing Consortium profile write up for GMPA

Satty Rai

Satty works in the policy and public affairs team at the Northern Housing Consortium and over the past few years her work has focused mainly around welfare reform, poverty and the impact on members’ tenants and communities.

Lisa Scullion University of Salford Reader profile write up for GMPA

Dr Lisa Scullion

Lisa is Reader in Social Policy and Associate Director of the Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit at the University of Salford. Her research focuses on the social welfare needs of a range of socially excluded communities.

Charlotte(Charlie) Spring, research student at Salford University profile write up for GMPA

Charlotte Spring

Charlie is a PhD researcher based at Salford University exploring the growth of surplus food redistribution, looking at what can and should be done about the high levels of edible food waste and high levels of food poverty.

Julie Ralph of Bolton at Home profile write up for GMPA

Julie Ralph

Julie has worked for Bolton at Home since 2001 and believes that now, working at a Policy Analyst, she can make a difference to her home town. Part of her job is working on her organisations updated anti-poverty strategy.

Tom Skinner article on importance of equality for GM Poverty Action

Tom Skinner

Tom and Church Action on Poverty convened the GM Living Wage campaign. In the first year a 300% increase in accredited Living Wage Employers showed an awareness of the issue of in-work poverty, and the value of the Living Wage in tackling it.

Atiha Chaudry of BME Network profile write up for GMPA

Atiha Chaudry

Atiha is Chair of the BME Network project and the Manchester Equalities Hub, a board member for the Manchester Settlement; the Centre for Local Economic Strategies and The Manchester Partnership and she is also a Justice of the Peace.

Julian Skyrme of University of Manchester profile write up for GMPA

Julian Skyrme

As Director of Social Responsibility at the University of Manchester, Julian’s department conducts world-leading research on the processes, impact and dimensions of poverty including fairness at work, equity in education, health inequalities and world poverty.

Graham Whitham profile write up for GMPA

Graham Whitham

Graham was instrumental in bringing together the original GMPA members in response to the GM Poverty Commission’s report. Now working with Oxfam, Graham regularly writes political comment for GMPA. Some of his articles can be found of the website.

Roseanne Sweeney of Wood Street Mission profile write up for GMPA

Roseanne Sweeney

Roseanne believes in books. At Wood Street Mission regular book clubs encourage parents to read to their children and provides books to take home. They hope that the impact of this work is far reaching.

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