—> THURSDAY 14 MARCH 2024, 9:45AM – 4:15PM


The Power of Place in Tackling Poverty

A conference on the role of local places in driving down poverty and boosting living standards

While many of the main drivers to tackle poverty lie with central government, we know that partners across sectors and local authorities can play a significant role in boosting local living standards. Join us at this day-long conference to explore the powerful role that places can play in poverty reduction. Together, we’ll take a look at the strategic and policy responses that can be implemented at a regional and local level to tackle poverty and make a difference to your communities.

There will also be the chance to continue conversations and network at our post-conference event in the city centre – further details to follow soon.

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Choose your ticket


Our standard ticket is £70.

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If you are a small organisation, VCFSE sector or one of our Principal Partners, you can access our discounted ticket at £50.

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We have a small number of free tickets available for micro-organisations or individuals who are unable to pay. Please get in touch with thomas@gmpovertyaction.org to access a free ticket.

We’re delighted to welcome the following speakers:

Kate Green

Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester

Claire Donovan

Head of Policy, Research and Campaigns @ End Furniture Poverty

Gareth Evans

Founder @ Cash Perks

Dr Jed Meers

Senior Lecturer in Law @ University of York

Abby Preston

Project Officer @ Independent Food Aid Network

Manjeet McCartney

Financial Inclusion Officer @ Greater Manchester Poverty Action

Hannah Webster

Co-Founder @ Care Full

Julie Wilson

Executive Lead for the Smallshaw Hurst Children’s Community @ Save the Children

Gemma Munday

Senior Story Producer @ Save the Children

Meghan Meek-O’Connor

Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisor @ Save the Children

Laura Burgess

Senior Policy and Research Advisor @ Greater Manchester Poverty Action

Jess McQuail

Director @ Just Fair

Claire Wood

Director @ Datesand Group

Dr Helen Wareham

Senior Data Analyst @ Bridge Group

Justin Watson

CEO @ YPF Trust

Hannah Al-Othman

News Reporter @ The Sunday Times

Abi O’Connor

Researcher in Local Economies @ New Economics Foundation

Nicole Sykes

Director of Policy and Communications @ Pro Bono Economics

Thank you to our conference sponsors:

Interested in becoming a conference sponsor? Take a look at our sponsorship opportunities brochure and see what benefits you can unlock for your organisation. Sponsorship helps us to keep delegate fees low so we can engage as many people in the conference as possible.

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