West Cheshire & Chester’s
Poverty Truth Commission
Working with Edge Hill University’s
Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice (I4P)
Chester’s Poverty Truth Commission is seeking to develop a way of working which has an explicit commitment to supporting those whose lives have been directly affected by poverty and who are willing to talk about this (to testify) as a way of influencing key decision makers and so start to change practice and ways of working. The Poverty Truth Commission approach values the centrality of people’s lived experiences: their voice being heard and it values the importance of participants feeling respected and supported in this process. The voices and the experiences of those who speak are, therefore, central to the process and of making it work.
PUBLICATION: JULY 2018
West Cheshire Poverty Truth Commission 2017/18
This final report has been created by the Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice (I4P) at Edge Hill University to consider and reflect on the key learning from the development stage of the West Cheshire Poverty Truth Commission (WCPTC).
The purpose of this report is to follow on from our February 2018 ‘Briefing paper: learning from developing the West Cheshire Poverty Truth Commission.’ It will detail the achievements and outcomes from the first Poverty Truth Commission (PTC) in west Cheshire.
Briefing Paper: Learning from Poverty Truth Commissions
This briefing paper has been created by the Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice at Edge Hill University to consider and reflect on the key learning from the development stage of the West Cheshire Poverty Truth Commission.
COMMUNITY MAP: FEBRUARY 2017
I4P supported the preparations for the Poverty Truth Commission launch in February 2017. We used participatory approaches to work with Community Inspirers, people with experience of poverty, in their preparations for the launch.
The participatory approach taken, starts from the premise that the individual’s involved bring something very powerful to this process: themselves and their experiences. The participatory learning approach we work to, seeks to enable individuals to become more in charge of their learning and the decisions they make. As part of this process we engaged in a variety of participatory activities and games aimed at building relationships and sharing knowledge of the area. One of these activities asked Community Inspirers to share their knowledge of West Cheshire, creating a community map.
POVERTY SONG: FEBRUARY 2017
Our participatory approaches enabled us to support the creativity of the Community Inspirers who brought a variety of skills and experience to the group from poetry to dance and song writing. As part of supporting this creativity we worked with the inspirers to write, compose and record a song at the University recording studios. This song was played at the launch of the Commission in February.
VIDEO: JANUARY 2017
Welcome to this introduction to the West Cheshire Poverty Truth Commission.
The What. Why. Who. And How. of the initiative.
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