Tameside Poverty Truth Commission
“What if people who have directly faced poverty were involved in decisions about poverty?”
Poverty Truth Commissions are a unique and powerful way of developing new insights and initiatives to tackle poverty, taking place in over 15 towns and cities across the UK. Greater Manchester Poverty Action (GMPA) is leading on the development of the Commission in Tameside.
The process is a culmination of relationship building, fact finding and deep thinking over an extended period between people with a direct experience of poverty and civic and business leaders within the area. The key principle behind is that decisions about poverty must involve people who directly face poverty. You can read more about the Tameside Poverty Truth Commission here.
How you can support the Commission
Right now, we are working to recruit more people with lived experience of poverty, to take part as commissioners.
All you need is to be able to tell your story, be willing to listen to others, and have the courage to build relationships with people from across the city.
You can find more information on becoming a Commissioner here, and can hear from Fran, one of the Commissioners, about why she is involved and her hopes for bringing positive change in Tameside through the Commission here.
We are also looking for Tameside civic and business leaders to join the Commission.
If you or someone you know could be a Commissioner, please contact Beatrice to arrange for one of the facilitation team to meet with you in person.
Tameside Poverty Truth Commission – Update
Launch event: We are making progress towards launching the Tameside Poverty Truth Commission (PTC), many thanks to all who answered the call for help recruiting Commissioners as we are now 75% of the way there – though we would still appreciate further introductions to prospective Commissioners. We are looking for a launch date in November 2021 and will share details as soon as possible – watch this space!
New team member: We are also delighted to welcome Hannah Lamberth to the GMPA team. Hannah will support the delivery of the PTC as Administrator and Events Organiser. Originally from Southampton, Hannah moved to Manchester in 2003 to join an organisation supporting disadvantaged communities. She has since worked in both the corporate and charity sector, leading teams and projects – most recently for a large Manchester based Church, coordinating their pastoral care. For the last few years Hannah has been a full-time carer and Mum to her two children. She is passionate about releasing the voices of those who have been silenced and enabling them to be heard.
Tameside poverty Truth Commission Facilitator
The Tameside Poverty Truth Commission is a Greater Manchester Poverty Action programme.
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