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Tackling Poverty WorkshopA workshop to tackle poverty in the Wyre Forest district has been held by Wyre Forest District Council.

The authority set up the meeting with groups and organisations who are seeing an increasing number of people who are dealing with poverty in their everyday lives. 

During the workshop at Wyre Forest House there were presentations from Act On Energy, the local Food Banks and the Citizens Advice Bureau.  They spoke about their experiences of helping people in poverty and also the issues and concerns they have about how organisations can help in the future.

People at the workshop were able to network with all the partners and organisations who attended.  It highlighted areas where more work is needed and also where groups could join up their work.

The event was opened by Councillor Anne Hingley, Wyre Forest District Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Health, Well-being and Housing.  She said:

“Wyre Forest has three of the most deprived wards in the County and there are many organisations that are playing their part to tackle poverty.  The aim of this workshop was to bring those people together to see if we can join up and be even more effective and learn from others experiences.”

Kate Bailey, Wyre Forest District Council’s Strategic Housing Services Manager added:

“The workshop was a great insight into all the work which is taking place to tackle poverty in the area.  We were able to share experiences and contacts so that in the future we have an even clearer picture as to what services are available and how we can make access to them as simple as possible.  It was also to identify if there were any gaps in provision. The event showed that on the whole all the organisations involved are doing what they can to provide a service to those in the greatest need.”

Photograph shows attendees networking at the event which was held on Thursday 23 October 2014 at Wyre Forest House.

Wyre Forest District Council