The Tackling Poverty Commission report highlighted challenges and experiences faced by members of the public who are experiencing poverty, are from a wide range of backgrounds and are using a wide range of services. Tackling Poverty team, Renfrewshire Council and STAR Project decided to offer stigma reduction training to public facing staff simply because they are the “face of the organisation” and not because the Commission Report showed the area to be of the greatest concern.
Of the 6 Priorities laid out in the Strategy, STAR Project pulled forward some key areas that this training would address:
- Income and employment
Increase the number of households who can access employment that provides an acceptable standard of living.
- Managing money
Prevent financial crisis and support low income families to make the most of their money.
Improve levels of physical and mental health of children in low income families.
Close the educational attainment gap between children from low-income families and their better off peers.
Create neighbourhoods where people want to live and can afford to live.
- How organisations should work
Narrow inequalities by working in a way which is inclusive, effective and evidence-based.
STAR Project does not discuss poverty in a tourist style, with shopping trolleys and pictures of broken windows and half derelict streets. We stress that poverty is a societal concern and not a “them and us” approach and all our discussions around stigma explore this concept. In short, we will not sensationalise poverty, more aim to recognise the causes, consequences and solutions.
Renfrwshire Council sign the Stick Your Labels pledge. With Peter Kelly (Poverty Alliance), Emma Richardson (Head of Programmes STAR Project), Sharon McAulay (Project Manager STAR Project), Cllr Mike Holmes (previous Deputy Leader Renfrewshire Council)
Updated: July 4, 2017