A big thank you to everyone who attended the Learning from lived experience meeting at Church House last week. Nearly 50 people came together to identify the themes and issues that have emerged from projects that sought to engage people with lived experience of poverty in policy making and with decision makers. In total 14 different groups were represented at the meeting.
With last week’s meeting building on the Inequality Hearing project we ran with Oxfam earlier in the year, and a number of conversations taking place across Greater Manchester about running local poverty truth commissions, we are excited about the role GMPA can play in 2020 in bringing the voices of people experiencing poverty to the fore. The Inequality Hearing project was a 2019 highlight for GMPA, as we continue to grow our work and impact.
It has certainly been a busy year. Over the past 12 months we have shared 22 newsletters with you packed with a wide range of topical articles, opinion pieces, news, reports and events. Other highlights have included:
• launching our Mini Poverty Monitor
• updating our poverty strategies map ,
• hosting a one day conference ‘Prosperity for all?’ with the Inclusive Growth Analysis Unit, and
• launching the Greater Manchester Food Poverty Action Plan.
Since the launch of the Action Plan, over 100 pledges have been made to tackle food poverty by organisations from across the city region. We will continue to support the implementation of the Action Plan in 2020.
We continue to host the Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign . Our 2019 work on the Campaign culminated with Living Wage Week in November. Please see John’s write up of Living Wage Week in the December 4th edition of the newsletter.
Our maps of support services are extremely popular and well used and we have also provided a number of very well attended training courses. There are more training courses on our calendar for 2020 and you can book your places now .
This is our last 2019 Newsletter. We will be back in January, so If you would like to submit an article or event
information for inclusion in the newsletter, please do get in touch. Our contact details are shown on the following page.
We are proud of the impact our work is having, but we know that the fight against poverty continues and that we couldn’t do what we do without your support. Many, many people have worked with us in 2019 to achieve all of the above. Thank you.
In the meantime we would like to wish you a peaceful and happy CHRISTMAS SEASON and we look forward to a NEW YEAR full of opportunities that can be shared equally by everyone.
Graham, Tom, Chris and John