Introducing Greater Manchester Poverty Action
Our vision is of a Greater Manchester free from poverty where all residents can realise their potential and access the benefits of living in a diverse and vibrant city region.
Greater Manchester Poverty Action (GMPA) is a not-for-profit organisation that works to address poverty across Greater Manchester.
We convene and network organisations from public, private and VCSE sectors, and people with lived experience of poverty, to foster collaboration and innovation and to maximise the impact of efforts to address the underlying causes of poverty across Greater Manchester. We equip stakeholders with the knowledge they need to tackle poverty. We carry out research and advocate for changes in policy at a local and city regional level and sometimes at a national level to address the structural and systematic causes of poverty.
There are three strands to our work: Policy and research, programmes and network support.
Greater Manchester is home to nearly 3 million people. Despite being a diverse and vibrant city region, over 600,000 residents are living in poverty. Greater Manchester is home to some of the UK’s most deprived neighbourhoods. Poverty and economic inequality in Greater Manchester results in widely varying health, education and economic outcomes for the city region’s residents.
Poverty damages the lives of the people it effects, both in the here and now and in the long-term. High levels of poverty act as a drag on Greater Manchester, hindering the economic potential of the area and putting pressure on public services. Poverty, therefore, is everybody’s business.
To find out more about levels of poverty in Greater Manchester, please visit our Mini Poverty Monitor page
Through our work GMPA aims to:
- Equip stakeholders from across public, private and VCSE sectors across Greater Manchester with the skills, knowledge and expertise they need to tackle poverty.
- Carry out research and advocate for changes in policy at a local and city regional level and sometimes at a national level to address the structural and systematic causes of poverty.
- Convene and network organisations from public, private and VCSE sectors, and people with lived experience of poverty, to foster collaboration and innovation and to maximise the impact of efforts to address the underlying causes of poverty across Greater Manchester.
- Promote innovative policy and practice-based responses to poverty that draw on good practice, that are evidence based, collaborative and scalable.
GMPA’s work involves engaging with stakeholders across Greater Manchester. The network includes over 1300 organisations and individuals from across the private, public and VCSE sectors who receive our fortnightly newsletter and attend our events. They also get involved in our projects, such as the Greater Manchester Food Poverty Alliance and the Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign, bringing expertise and building power together.
Working closely with our local network, partnering with national organisations and producing focused research reports has enabled us to make valuable connections, influence national campaigns and attract the attention of key influencers.
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Our work is supported by our Principal Partners. GMPA’s Principal Partners are organisations who support the organisation with funding and resources to enable us to deliver the work that we do and to maximise our impact. They join GMPA’s advisory group to support and inform the delivery of our work.
We are hugely grateful to our Principal Partners for the support that they provide. Without them GMPA wouldn’t exist.
Organisations can also become supporters of GMPA, through smaller donations. Click here if this is something you’d like to sign up to.
About Greater Manchester Poverty Action