In August 2016 VAL asked Leeds third sector organisations about their views on poverty, their response to poverty and what else must be done. VAL has brought together this rich source of information looking at current and future activity in the sector and where cross-sector opportunities lie.
The responses cover a range of topics: services and partnerships already active in Leeds, assessments of current impacts on health, housing, inequality, community cohesion and the environment and the challenges that third sector organisations are facing in responding to the needs.
Some strong messages came out of the report including:
- The need for more robust advocacy for the poorest in Leeds, to counteract some of the stereotypes, and support the voices of the poorest.
- Facilitation of new cross-sector partnerships with public and private sector organisations to address some of the most pressing issues such as housing, social services and financial inclusion.
- Clarity about the full economic impacts of poverty in Leeds and where root interventions should be prioritised on economic grounds as well as social.
VAL’s report provides a summary of third sector experience and their ‘offer’ to Leeds, and provides succinct recommendations on what next to help develop new collaborations and initiatives to tackle the challenges of poverty.
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