Stockton JSNA


Poverty

What do people say?

Feedback provided from a Stockton Renaisannce Partnership event in autumn 2011 highlighted the following issues:
Organisational

  • The need for all organisations to work better together, using a collective approach.
  • All agencies need to tackle the same issue at the same time.
  • To have a collective understanding of what all local organisations are doing to support the poverty agenda.
  • Provide practical support.
  • Pool resources where possible.
  • Share information and data.
  • A more ‘one stop shop’ approach.
  • Improve signposting between local organizations.
  • Confront prejudices and perceptions.
  • Be more imaginative in approach.
  • Use existing resources and assets (for example, empty shops, vehicles, schools).
  • Look at approaches to flexible working.
  • Lobby national government where appropriate on policy and resources.

Detection

  • Focus on the prevention agenda.
  • Provide training on life and family skills.
  • Recognition of hidden / early stages of poverty.

Community

  • Activity needs to be community-based.
  • Community ownership.
  • Trust and relationship building with communities.
  • Listen to communities.
  • Understand community needs.
  • Use the experience and knowledge of the community to support each other. 

A North East regional consultation with children on poverty issues identified the following priorities:

  • Relationships – family and friends were really important.
  • Housing – having somewhere nice to live.
  • Environment – poor quality surroundings, litter, graffiti, parks, open spaces.
  • Local amenities, shops were mainly fast food outlets, tanning shops, off licenses, betting shops, cash converters.
  • Transport – being able to get out and about cheaply and easily.
  • Entertainment – importance of TVs, computers, parks.
  • Crime – anti-social behaviour, drug issues.
  • Money – lack of money to have a quality of life, buy trainers, clothing etc.
  • Language associated with poverty – poor, poverty , all negative.
  • Stigma associated with poverty – free school meals, unable to go on school trips.
  • The role of brands in poverty – importance of giving the image of affluence, coping, managing, impact of bullying, peer pressure.

 

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