In 2015 CVP received funding from the Big Lottery Awards For All Fund which enabled us to conduct a poverty audit across the Bolsover district. CVP consulted over 200 local people who discussed their individual experiences, described what poverty meant to them and expressed what improvements they thought would bring about positive change. The findings were collated into nine key themes: –
- Budgeting, Financial and Social Exclusion
- Community Spirit and Involvement
- Food and Fuel Poverty
- Health and Wellbeing
- Housing and Homelessness
- Social Isolation
- Welfare Reform
- Work/Social Life Balance and Aspiration
CVP used these themes to form the basis of a detailed report which was accompanied by a documentary film. CVP produced the report and worked in partnership with a local Community Arts Organisation and a number of local young people to develop the film which captured the views of Bolsover residents.
A concluding ‘Anti-Poverty Conference’ took place on Thursday 14th July 2016 to showcase the ‘Life in Bolsover Today’ poverty audit report and its findings. Key note speakers and delegates from local, regional and national organisations from cross-section public, private and voluntary sectors attended.
CVP is now working with Bolsover Partnership to incorporate the findings from the poverty audit into strategic planning going forward; this includes their new Sustainable Community Strategy. The Fighting Poverty Forum continues to meet quarterly and a key priority is to ensure existing and new services respond to the issues highlighted in the poverty report.