Tackling UN SDG1: No Poverty in Northamptonshire Next Actions

Date Posted:13/11/2020

October saw the launch of our series of online Community Conversations to help promote the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals locally to show how our work enables us to ‘think global and act local’. October’s focus was on UNSDG 1: No Poverty. We had an insightful and lively discussion with donors and the community groups we fund on their behalf, bringing people together to discuss local solutions.

We got to hear from a range of local practitioners on their work, challenges and approaches in helping tackle and lift local people experiencing financial hardship out of poverty and provide a safety net. This included the work of Care and Repair Northamptonshire, Baby Basics, Community Court Yard and Growing Together Northampton. We heard from our donors, friends and trustees on why tackling poverty is a key priority and the importance of the role of the foundation in providing funds as a place-based grant maker to community groups and charities which are on the frontline of working with residents who are living on the sharp end of poverty.

Each Community Conversation will provide an opportunity to come up with an initial action plan to improve activity and work in helping achieve each UN SDG by 2030. You spoke and we listened. As a result these are the next actions we will be taking to support work on tackling poverty locally. This is our commitment to you.

Northamptonshire Community Foundation commits to the following actions to help achieve UN SDG: No Poverty in Northamptonshire:

Northamptonshire VCSE Assembly: we commit to taking a community leadership role in taking part in the VCSE Assembly representing the collective interests and ‘voice’ of the local Voluntary and Community Sector and promote collaborative working and solutions to tackling poverty locally.

Poverty Truth Commission: we will initiate and facilitate discussion with relevant charities and interfaith networks to help establish a Poverty Truth Commission in the county so that there is a platform to bring together local decision makers with those residents living on the sharp end of poverty to support and influence policy change ensuring that decisions are made in the best interests of those most affected by them.

Supporting low income communities: we will support via local agencies the development and establishment of a community union that represents the interests of low income communities. Thanks to Community Court Yard for offering to lead on this piece of work.

Help build collaborative networks: we will promote and support the development of local geographical and thematic forums and groups online which enables community groups and charities to connect, mutually support people experiencing financial hardship and promote access to other sources of support and services.