How We Work

We aim to leave you feeling more confident to:
– discuss poverty and its impacts
– develop work that makes a positive difference
– involve people on low incomes positively in what you do

To achieve this, we offer a range of training and consultancy services:

Training – General: A one-off workshop covering the way poverty in the UK is defined and measured, who is in it, how it affects them, and what can help. Participants already familiar with the topic will benefit from clear, simple models to articulate and explain poverty to others, and to plan effective work. The workshop consists of slides, discussion and exercises, taking 3 hours.

Training – Specific: A bespoke workshop looking at how you, in your particular area of work – or with a focus on a particular project or work them – can use a better understanding of poverty to improve your effectiveness.

Training – A More Equal Wales: Either a General or Specific workshop, with an add-on focusing on the Socio-economic Duty. For Specific training, this will include looking at how your particular organisation, team or project can seek better results by working in the spirit of the duty.

Consultancy – Bespoke support with any of your activities that would benefit from an improved understanding of, or focus on, economic inequality. This could include: policy development; communication, consultation or outreach; developing activities or interventions involving people on low incomes; developing grant schemes (including grant criteria and processes for application, decision-making, monitoring and evaluation), and more.

Our trainer, Mary Sherwood, has a breadth of experience in local government (as an external partner, an internal officer and an elected member) and in the third sector (as an employee, volunteer, and trustee). She is very sensitive to the differing challenges facing each sector and the potential for effective collaboration between them to improve outcomes for communities.

This varied experience enables Mary to adapt the training and support offered by Fairer Future to the context of your organisation and the particular outcomes you seek.

In 25 years of professional practice, Mary has encountered the same problems again and again, across all sectors. People understand that poverty is worsening, generally. They care about what this means for those directly affected, and they realise that the impacts have negative results for the whole of society. But they aren’t able to speak about it with confidence, feeling uneasy about confusing terminology, unfamiliar with the welfare benefits system, confused by things they’ve read or seen (“Why DO people on such low incomes have great big TVs …?”) and embarrassed to comment on situations they haven’t experienced first-hand. Fairer Future was established to address this, and provide definitions, models and tools you can use to be effective in discussing and addressing poverty.