This is the story of people across Scotland taking action to empower themselves and their neighbours in an age of austerity and welfare cuts. It is a story of local groups standing up and being counted, finding their voice and strength, and giving life and inspiration to their communities. And it is a story of faith communities supporting, leading and strengthening this work.
Tackling Poverty Together (TPT) was a project delivered by Faith in Community Scotland from March 2014-March 2016, funded by Big Lottery’s Support and Connect fund. The project took as its focus supporting positive change in communities impacted by poverty and the impacts of ongoing welfare reform, using faith-based community development methods.
In each case, the work took place with two TPT community development workers and, in the initial phase, three part-time volunteer support officers being embedded for sustained placements from March 2014 to March 2016. This involved initial contact with anchor organisations, mostly faith communities or organisations with strong faith links with whom FiCS had ongoing contact in the most deprived 5% of communities. During the second half of the project, the work broadened out to include work that didn’t have a specific geographical focus, but was based on themes that had emerged during the course of the work, in particular household food insecurity.