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Lincoln Against Poverty Workshop 2016

Posted on 23rd February, 2016 by Lincoln Against Poverty

More than 60 representatives from thirty three organisations attended the Lincoln Against Poverty Workshop in the city recently.

The day celebrated the successful contributions partners have made to the Lincoln Anti-Poverty Strategy, and gave those attending the opportunity to explore what can further be done to mitigate the short to medium term effects of poverty in Lincoln.

A number of actions have been delivered to date, including:

  • Three city-wide campaigns that have engaged with thousands of Lincoln residents, encouraging them to get in touch with money, benefits and debt advisors if they are struggling financially
  • Lincolnshire Credit Union moving into City Hall, providing them with a city centre presence
  • The Lincoln Living Wage Campaign that is currently taking place. So far, 23 organisations are accredited by the Lincoln campaign, with more than 1,150 employees in the city covered by the scheme.
  • A successful bid to the Health and Wellbeing Board has meant 600 free employability courses are now being offered through Lincoln College
  • School uniform pop-up shops are being rolled out in certain schools, to offer second hand school uniforms to families in a fun, different and non stigmatising way

Cllr. Rosanne Kirk, City of Lincoln Council’s Portfolio Holder for Social Inclusion and Community Cohesion said, “It was great to see so many people attend, from so many organisations, to explore what more we can do in Lincoln to tackle poverty. The Lincoln Anti-Poverty Strategy has already delivered more than 100 actions since it started two years ago, and with the help of partners, we can do even more to make a difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable residents in Lincoln”

This upcoming year, there will be a particular focus on working with partners to recycle and redistribute white goods and furniture to low income households; along with a big push to promote the Living Wage to employers and employees alike. We will also explore options to promote access to affordable financial services in the city.