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Swansea, Wales - Mercoledì 16 Ottobre 2019 - The Big Conversation

On Wednesday 16th October 2019, Swansea Council’s Life Stages Team will be running one of their ‘Big Conversations’. 

The Big Conversation is the name given to participation and engagement events that are facilitated by Swansea Council’s Life Stages Team. Big Conversations take place during the school day.

Participants set the priority topics for Big Conversations and it is the role of The Life Stages Team to arrange and facilitate workshops based on these priorities.

We run Big Conversations for 5-11 year old children, 11-18 year old young people and Inter-generational Big Conversations for anyone over the age of 7, including adults and older people.

Part of the working agreement of the Big Conversation is that the participants will return to their schools/groups after each event and share the work that they have completed with their peers; this could be via an assembly, a diary entry or a verbal report in school council meetings, a letter to governors etc…each school is encouraged to report back to their community in a way that suits them best.

On Wednesday 16th October 2019 we will be running The Big ‘Participation and Democracy’ Conversation for 5-11 year olds where the topics to be discussed will include Equalities, Voice, and Politics (meeting decision makers). Children will be offered the opportunity to discuss their morals and values, and work together to unpick concepts such as Discrimination, Diversity, and Zero Tolerance approaches. Children will also have the chance to meet with the elected councillor for Children’s rights and discussing the role of the council, party politics and having a say. There will also be an opportunity for children to read through and discuss a story book entitled “The Family That Learned To Listen” that was co-written by children and young people.

Children and their teachers will be invited to take photographs of themselves holding the posters advertising International Day for the Eradication of Poverty Oct 17th 2019 and uploading the pictures to social media sites.

Organized by Swansea Council’s Life Stages Team

Swansea, Wales
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Manila - Giovedì 17 Ottobre 2019 - Commemoration in Rizal Park

Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 8 AM – 4 PM

Children and young people play important roles in the fight against poverty. They provide valuable insights acquired from their personal daily struggles. On October 17 at Rizal Park in Manila, they will share their stories to the entire world.

Together with people from all walks of life, we will gather at Rizal Park in Manila to share stories of pain and triumph, renewing our commitment to stop poverty.

National Anti-Poverty Commission

ATD Fourth World Philippines


London - Giovedì 17 Ottobre 2019 - Red Flag Over Bermondsey

With a special performance of a Journeymen Theatre play, inspired by the story of social reformer and campaigner against poverty, Ada Salter.

12:30pm: Bermondsey Wall, SE16 4NB

3pm: ATD Fourth World, 48 Addington Square, London SE5 7LB

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London - Lunedì 14 Ottobre 2019 - Understanding Poverty and Social Rights Through Lived Experience

Launch of findings on the multidimensional nature of poverty in the UK

'Understanding Poverty and Social Rights Through Lived Experience':
ATD Fourth World will launch its report of a participatory research study at this conference
on 14 October at Amnesty International UK.

Too many people are falling through gaps in service provision in the UK today. Many have no choice but to sleep rough and resort to food banks. Given the growing awareness that poverty is multidimensional, this study asked the most affected people what that means.

This new report matters because the voices of people with direct experience of poverty were co-researchers at the forefront of designing, carrying out, and interpreting the research. One participant said: 'Poverty kills dreams and cages the dreamers'.
The research findings identify six dimensions that describe poverty in all its forms in the UK:

  • disempowering systems, structures and policies
  • financial insecurity, financial exclusion, and debt
  • damaged health and well-being
  • stigma, blame and judgement
  • lack of control over choices
  • unrecognised struggles, skills and contributions.

‘Poverty is not being able to smell the flowers because the stress of life gets in the way.’
- a participant with lived experience of poverty from the North of England

The co-researchers identified seven key messages:
1. It is essential that people with lived experience participate in tackling poverty. This requires time, careful planning and commitment.
2. There is a need for better indicators of poverty that emphasise and capture the human experience of poverty.
3. Inadequate financial resources are a cause of poverty that take away control and shorten lives.
4. The impact of stigma and negative judgement is a particularly painful part of poverty.
5. Participants agreed services should be enabling and supportive; but some services are experienced as controlling and oppressive.
6. The skills and contributions made to society by people in poverty often go unrecognised.
7. Individual resilience is no substitute for better systems, structures and policies.

The co-researchers with lived experience of poverty will be speaking at this conference and are available for individual press interviews.

Press contact: diana [dot] skelton [at] atd-fourthworld [dot] org, 07-452-958-458.
Event details: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/understanding-poverty-and-social-rights-

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Everywhere in the UK - Giovedì 17 Ottobre 2019 - Light up the map

To light up the UK map and show solidarity across the UK.

Let's stand together and have visible show of solidarity, promoting the fantastic work going on and our solutions to raise awareness of the need to eradicate poverty on a local and national level.

To participate:

  • Get in touch with us to let us know about your proposed activity or find out more
  • Join our social media takeover campaign by using the #endpoverty #idep #aplecollective

Organized by: The Aple Collective

Despite the current turmoil and political upheaval of our time, we the Addressing Poverty with Lived Experience (APLE) Collective continue to be a force united in affecting change in communities that experience disadvantage and poverty. Across the UK, far too many people are left marginalised by local and national decision-makers. Matters that affect the most vulnerable in our society are made without their input. This leads to poorer decisions and systems, such as in Universal Credit, where claimants insights and experiences could have foreseen and prevented many of the most glaring problems. More fundamentally, it contributes to continued social disharmony, failing to harness the expertise of people who truly understand poverty and can help to tackle it.

We are a growing national collective of individuals who experience poverty.

We believe that the solution to poverty everywhere is to work in partnership with people who have lives experience of poverty.

APLE aims to create a sustainable grassroots network across the UK to raise awareness of poverty, reduce stigma and work together with others to eradicate it. Let us know about what you are doing in your area with people who have lived experiences of poverty and join our social media takeover by using #endpoverty #idep @aplecollective.

Everywhere in the UK
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