What if people who have directly faced poverty had relationships with people of influence and those who make policy decisions that affect them? Would people listen to their experiences and if they did, would they better understand the challenges that poverty brings? Would it make a difference to the decisions that are being made?
The Story So Far
The Black Civil Rights Movement in the USA would not have made progress had white people dominated its leadership. Similarly the Feminist Movement would not have achieved what it has, had men been running the show. And so a movement to tackle poverty needs to have people who experience it at its heart if real change is to be achieved. Nothing about Us without Us is for Us.
An aspect of talking part in Birmingham Poverty Truth is to get know our invited commissioners on a one to one basis as well as in the group sessions. I’m Karen and I was asked to meet up for coffee with Simon Fenton, from Forward Carers. After exchanging a few emails, it was decided to […]
One of our wonderful Testifying Commissioners, Lis writes about life with Fibromyalgia… First catch the flu, then get a sunburn all over. Next put on really tight-fitting clothes and throw yourself down the stairs. Stay awake for 36 hours straight. Randomly put your fingers and toes wet into a plug socket. Consume beans and prunes and […]