Salford anti-poverty campaigners added their voices today to a national conference calling for improvements in how society talks about people in poverty.
During the conference multiple workshops and talks have taken place to help challenge stigmas surrounding those in poverty.
Abigail Scott Paul, 44, is the deputy director of advocacy and public engagement at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
She spoke to us about the research the foundation has done and what they’ve found.
Miss Paul said: “Across the UK there are certain patterns of thinking that are helpful to understanding poverty but also unhelpful.
“Unhelpful examples are like real poverty doesn’t exist in this country,’ they think poverty is something that only exists in Africa or India or this idea that we are post-poverty.”
The foundation hopes to help shatter the negative and further establish the positive ideas surrounding poverty.
Miss Paul went on to tell us about the importance of using lived experience saying: “It’s really vital that any effort to solve poverty is rooted in people’s own direct experience.
“People will remember a story far better than any statistic.”
A variety of mediums were used to help discuss poverty including a drawing workshop with Paul Brook.
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Psychology graduate Shirley Widdop, who has lived experience of poverty, spoke about her own experience during the conference notably through poetry one of which can be found below.