Realities of poverty faced by residents addressed by faith groups at summit

Bournemouth Echo: MAKING PLEDGES: Reverend Clare Downing, with Richard Bristow and Tom Papworth MAKING PLEDGES: Reverend Clare Downing, with Richard Bristow and Tom Papworth

REPRESENTATIVES from local faith groups were challenged to consider the realities of poverty in the local area at a summit at Bournemouth University.

The ‘Local Poverty: Realities and Response’ event, which was organised in conjunction with Faith Links and Faithworks Wessex, attracted more than 150 people.

The summit aimed to address the issues caused by living in poverty and featured keynote speeches from Tom Papworth, associate director for economic policy from CentreForum, and Richard Bristow, chief executive officer of Poole’s Citizens’ Advice Bureau.

Their presentations gave both national and local perspectives on the realities of poverty – one in five people in the UK are classed as living in poverty, whilst on a local level close to 10,000 children in Bournemouth and Poole are living in deprivation.

Delegates were also able to attend a choice of workshops, looking at topics including food banks, fuel costs, homelessness and the impact poverty can have on health and wellbeing.

These resulted in a number of commitments being made, including a pledge to teach independent living and financial skills, provide community meals and teach vital cooking skills.

The Reverend Clare Downing, the Moderator of the Wessex Synod of the United Reformed Church, chaired the summit.

She said: “It was fantastic to see so many different organisations coming together to address the serious issues that are faced daily by many people living in our local area.

“Delegates were hugely engaged in the workshops on offer and the resulting commitments show a real desire to move forward and help in any way we can.”

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2:48pm Mon 16 Jun 14

pete woodley says...

10.000 deprived children in Bournemouth and Poole,Who says,what are they deprived of ?.
10.000 deprived children in Bournemouth and Poole,Who says,what are they deprived of ?. pete woodley
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4:07pm Mon 16 Jun 14

guisselle says...

Well could be emotional damage due to deserted mothers as well as
the lack of money and the lack of opportunities that can bring. No-one can
understand the turmoil that divorce can cause unless one has been through it.
A loving supportive family should be the right of all children!
Well could be emotional damage due to deserted mothers as well as the lack of money and the lack of opportunities that can bring. No-one can understand the turmoil that divorce can cause unless one has been through it. A loving supportive family should be the right of all children! guisselle
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