The connection between people’s space and place is lost as communities struggle to thrive and strive across the UK. Poverty and its realm continue to supress neighbourhoods into isolation as its extensive impact reaches into the heart of people’s livelihoods and home, filtering into the heart of family life.
Understanding the impact of poverty on people and communities was discussed at a recent event hosted by Bevan Foundation, Wales’ most innovative and influential thinktank. Understanding poverty, held at Wrexham’s Glyndwr University, explored the definition, causes and types of poverty and how local, regional and national policies are attempting to reduce and irradicate poverty.
It was refreshing to see that the fantastic work being undertaken by Holyhead’s Local Conversation Project, in strengthening community voices and encouraging active participation in community activities, was seen as a mechanism in contributing to reducing poverty in communities. Active participation and community action on local matters builds individual voices through collective partnership, in turn building confidence. It is this mechanism of cohesion that supports and encourages people to take greater control of local issues that is a contributing factor in alleviating poverty.
Holyhead’s Local Conversation is funded by People’s Health Trust, using money raised by Health Diverse through The Health Lottery. The Local Conversation Programme is a flexible, resident led funding model driven by what local people want. Through the programme, residents are supported to identify and take action on issues that are important to them in their community.