Community Assets and Poverty Seminar

30 May 2012, 09.30 - 12.30 (lunch included)

The Albany Learning and Conference Centre, Glasgow

'Asset based approaches' to tackling poverty and inequality have been the focus for much discussion and debate over recent years. Whether in the field of health inequalities, regeneration, or addressing poverty, there is a new focus on emphasising the resources that individuals and communities have that can be built on, rather than focusing only on the 'deficits' that are percieved to exist. However, against a background of rising poverty and inequality, and where resources available to support community organisations are declining, what is the potential of this type of approach to make a real difference? Do communities really have the power required to address poverty? And if not, how do they get it?  

This seminar, organised by Scottish Community Development Centre and the Poverty Alliance as part of their Understanding Poverty Seminar Series, will provide an opportunity for critical reflection and discussion on this important concept. It will enable particpants to better engage with the debates that will take place as the Scottish Government develops its plans for a Community Empowerment & Renewal Bill. The format will allow for maximum discussion, which will be chaired by Andy Milne, Chief Executive of SURF, with keynote inputs from Dr Lynne Friedli, public health specialist and Ian Cooke, Director of Development Trusts Association. The seminar will finish with a networking lunch. Please note that places are limited.   Book your place here.

A contribution to travel costs and caring expenses will be made to those participants from community organisations with low or no funding.   


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