Getting Heard and Making a Difference: Priorities for Tackling Poverty (Dumfries)



Scotland now has ambitious targets to reduce child poverty by 2030. Delivering on these targets will require action from national and local government in Scotland, as well as from organisations in the third and private sectors. But what actions will make the biggest difference, what matters most to people living on low incomes, and what do we know about what works right now?

The Get Heard Scotland initiative is being run by the Poverty Alliance over the next three years to enable people with direct experience of living on a low income, as well as those who are working at the front line, to contribute to answering these questions. The initiative will feed back the views and priorities that emerge to local and national government, feeding into relevant policies. At the same time participants in the initiative will gain experience of the policy-making process, make a real impact on anti-poverty policy in Scotland, and better understand how they can influence policy priorities in future.

The half day seminar is for anyone who wants to better understand the Scottish Government’s approach to addressing child poverty, who wants to contribute to shaping local and national priorities, and who wants to help mobilise against poverty.


9.30 Registration & coffee

10.00 Welcome and introduction

Wendy Jesson, Dumfries and Galloway Council

10.10 The Child Poverty Delivery Plan: A New Approach to Tackling Poverty

Scottish Government representative

10.30 Tackling Child Poverty: Developing local priorities

Hanna McCulloch, Child Poverty Coordinator, Improvement Service (tbc)

10.50 Discussion

11.15 Coffee

11.30 Hearing What Matters: The Role of the Get Heard

Peter Kelly, Director, the Poverty Alliance, and

Twimukye Mushaka, Senior Development Officer, the Poverty Alliance

12.15 Next Steps

12.30 Close

This event is part of the Get Heard Scotland initiative, financially supported by the Scottish Government