Greater Manchester Poverty Action is working in partnership with Policy North Training to provide training to organisations working to address poverty across the city region and the rest of the UK. We aim to support organisations to better understand some of the complexities around poverty and enable them to improve policy and practice as a result.

Most of our courses are held in central Manchester, but in 2020 we will be running our Understanding poverty measurement, definitions and data course in Oldham (6th February) and Wigan (18th November). We aim to keep the cost of attending courses low, whilst raising revenue for GMPA’s activities.

Courses currently open to bookings are set out below.

Maximising support for people on low incomes Understanding poverty measurement, definitions and dataExploring the poverty premium
Full day courseFull day courseHalf day course
Upcoming dates:
28th February 2020,
28th April 2020,
8th October 2020.
Upcoming dates:
12th March 2020,
18th November 2020.
Upcoming dates:
18th March 2020.
Would you like to understand more about cuts and reforms to social security since 2010 and what this means for families in need of support? Are you interested in how services can be better designed to support people in the new social security landscape?

This course is for VCSE and public sector organisations who work with people experiencing poverty and who wish to understand how to maximise support for their service users and those involved in service design and delivery. It will also be of interest to researchers seeking to understand current social security provision.
Do you want to understand more about how poverty is measured and where you can access robust, accurate and up-to-date data?

This course is for organisations who wish to strengthen the case for their work by presenting accurate and relevant data about poverty to funders, supporters and policy and decision makers.

By the end of this one-day course participants will have developed an understanding of what key poverty datasets tell us, how best to access data sources and how to use this knowledge to support the work that they do.
Low income consumers in the UK face several disadvantages in the marketplace. Understanding this issue can support service providers, businesses and policymakers to identify changes in policy and practice that can help mitigate the impact of the poverty premium, minimising the risk of debt and financial hardship among people on low incomes.

Attendees on this half day course will be able to better understand the poverty premium, the way it affects customers, clients and consumers and how they can amend and ‘poverty proof’ their practices.
All held at Church House, 90 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2GH.
6th February (Honeywell Centre, Oldham, OL8 3BP),
12th March (Church House, 90 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2GH),
18th November (Wigan, venue TBC).
Church House, 90 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2GH
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In-house training

As well as open training courses, we are happy to discuss providing in-house training and consultancy to organisations requiring a bespoke package of support. This could be particularly useful for organisations with several staff who require knowledge in a particular area. Please email us if you would like to discuss this.

About Policy North Training

Policy North Training has been established by GMPA director Graham Whitham to increase the amount of training offered in Greater Manchester in 2020. Beyond 2020, Policy North Training will look to deliver training courses in other parts of the country to help increase the amount of revenue raised to support GMPA’s activities.