Nothing About Us, Without Us, Is For Us! The story of the Poverty Truth Commission

Part of the Thinking Allowed series of lectures organised by Cairns Church, Milngavie, Glasgow. THE ROY PATERSON MEMORIAL LECTURE. Roy Paterson was minister of Cairns for 29 years. His ministry was considered the very embodiment of the New Testament idea of Christian living, clothed in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Sadly, Roy died five years after retirement. It is entirely fitting that his ministry be honoured by holding an annual lecture in his name.

Start Date:
Thursday 26th January 2012
Start Time:
Cairns Church, Buchanan Street, Milngavie, Glasgow, G62 8AW
Donna Barrowcliffe, Anne Marie Peffer and Martin Johnstone

Despite hundreds of charity reports and government strategies, poverty continues to worsen in the UK. The Poverty Truth Commission brought together some of Scotland’s civic leaders with those at the sharp end of poverty. They believe that just as women’s rights would never have been won without women at the helm, poverty will never be truly addressed until those who experience it first hand are at the heart of the process. Over two years the Commissioners worked together to explore poverty and solutions to it. Donna Barrowcliffe is a Commissioner from the deprived community of Ruchazie in East Glasgow where she works in community organising through the Church. Commissioner Anne Marie Peffer is casework manager for Buttle UK, a charity which provides grants for essential household items. (Despite coming from different sides of the tracks, Donna and Anne Marie have become close colleagues and friends and have testified to the importance of their experience as a model for effectively addressing poverty in radio and television programmes as well as advisory groups, conferences and meetings with MSPs and other agencies.) Rev Dr Martin Johnstone is Chief Executive of Faith in Community Scotland as well as

coordinating the Church of Scotland’s work in its poorest neighbourhoods across Scotland. He co-founded the Poverty Truth Commission in 2008 and has coordinated its two year programme which has left a great impact on Scottish politics and the third sector community with its central tenet that ‘nothing about us, without us, is for us’.

Savoury snacks, a glass of wine or soft drink will be served after the lecture, when Commissioners from the Poverty Truth Commission can be met at a more informal level.

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