Monday 16th September 2019 @ HPLC, 109 Court Oak Road, B17 9AA 2pm – 4pm
A follow up meeting to the meeting held in January 2019. Members and non members discussed their role and support for individuals in need in the West Midlands. Participants also began to explore whether tackling the underlying causes of poverty rather than short term relief might be a better use of funds. For some this might mean a change in their Trust deeds. Participants also explored the potential of a collective voice with those with the lived experience of poverty highlighting more effective measures to tackle the root causes.
In conclusion, the following areas were felt to be worth exploring further.
- Developing a simple ‘map’ of identified funders in Birmingham/West Midlands who give grants to individuals along with their priorities and criteria possibly linking this with a map of support agencies
- The pros and cons of a universal application form that funders can all use to identify potential applicants and cross refer to each other so increasing appropriate applications.
- Looking at a particular issue such as costs of school uniforms for families or providing household goods to furnish homes where evidence could be gathered to identify scale, gaps and root causes of financial vulnerability that give voice to changing public policy.
The follow up meeting on the 16th September will look at the following:
- Referrals between funders and between agencies that support individuals in need ( this was discussed at the first meeting and many were interested in how referrals could be improved
- Birmingham City Council’s Neighbourhood Network Scheme and Community Asset Directory – as an example of information on groups and organisations that work a local level providing services to individuals
- Online Platform – Turn2Us that matches individual applicants with funders (tbc)
If you’re interested in participating in a follow up meeting please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org