Making Sense of Poverty

“Poverty” is a topic that many professional people are aware of, but levels of knowledge and understanding can vary greatly according to people’s experiences. When knowledge is missing, myth and judgement can creep in. Interventions hoping to support people struggling with low income are more likely to make a positive difference when they are based on a factual understanding of what poverty means. This is what Fairer Future aims to provide.

“Making Sense of Poverty” is an interactive training workshop providing a sound baseline understanding of: what ‘poverty’ means when referred to in politics or the media; why data on poverty can be confusing and misleading; what causes poverty in a rich country like the UK; why certain life experiences are so associated with low income. Most importantly, in the context of all this, we explore the activities most likely to support people to break free of poverty’s grip. These practical take-aways are often the most surprising part of the training for participants, who leave empowered with a greater sense of possibility for positive change.

Here are some observations from people who have participated in the workshop and found it valuable for their work:

Making Sense of Poverty is delivered via Zoom, on an open access basis: anyone can sign up. It requires a minimum of 6 participants. It can also be booked for in-house groups of 6 to 12 people online, or more in person. It takes 3 hours but if you have a larger in-house group, or prefer longer breaks or more time for discussion, you may wish to allow more time.

More information, including the date of the next online session, can be found on the Our Services page.