St Michael's Centre, North Rd, Stoke Gifford, Bristol BS34 8PD
02:00 - 04:30
How we talk about poverty
This workshop is exclusively for churches connected to and friends of Jubilee+. It will be delivered by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), one of the leading charities in the UK when it comes to tackling poverty, and the Frameworks Institute. The JRF has worked with the Frameworks Institute to develop a ‘Framing Toolkit’ to help our society talk about poverty well.
The afternoon, starting with refreshments at 2pm, session 2.30-4.30pm, will equip you with the language and tools you need to more effectively, compassionately and appropriately support those facing poverty in your churches and communities.
The way we talk about poverty is important. Churches across the country are at the frontline of tackling and alleviating poverty in our communities. Through our foodbanks, debt centres, night shelters, soup kitchens and other projects, week-in week-out we are meeting people who are living in poverty or on the cusp of it. Some of us have that background too, but many of our churches are very middle class.
The way we speak might be inadvertently excluding, alienating, othering or even offending the very people we want to support. The way we talk about poverty is also important if we want to build support for changing some of the underlying systems that lock people into poverty – like low pay and insecure work, the rising cost of living and cuts to social security. Churches have an important role to play as moral leaders, using their experience and values to help create changes that loosen the grip of poverty on all our communities.
This event is currently only open to partner churches, but tickets will go on wider release at the end of the summer.