Partners in Support
Although they are often small and fragile, churches in priority areas are also key groups in tackling the causes and symptoms on poverty. In this area of work, the Priority Areas Committee supports churches to be as effective as possible in making a difference in their local community. Over the years, the Priority Areas Committee has sought to develop this work in partnership with others. Much of the work is supported by three organisations that the Committee has helped to establish.
These are our close partner agencies:
- Anti-Poverty Networks
- Faith in Community Scotland
- WEvolution – turning communities around
Priority Areas continues to work with a wide range of partners, including the Poverty Alliance, the Scottish Churches Parliamentary Office and the Church and Society Council, to ensure that people in poverty do not suffer unjustly, particularly in the light of extensive public sector cuts.
Faith in Community Scotland
Faith in Community Scotland is an anti-poverty charity founded in 2005. It brings together a diverse team of people committed to change - local people living in Scotland's poorest communities, a team of dedicated staff and volunteers and a creative group of trustees drawn from different faith traditions. The work is undertaken through various different teams.
The Transformation Team and Faith in Community Dundee both provide support, advice and training to local churches and other faith groups in the poorest communities in Glasgow and Dundee; FiSCAF – Faiths in Scotland Community Action Fund provides a range of grants to faith groups tackling poverty in Scotland's most fragile urban and rural communities; Faith in Throughcare provides support to churches and other groups working with people returning from short-term prison sentences into Scotland's poorest communities.
The organisation also supports the work of the Poverty Truth Commission and is involved in various other specific pieces of work such as Tackling Sectarianism Together and Tackling Poverty Together.
The Poverty Truth Commission brings together some of Scotland's key civic leaders and people at the sharp end of poverty. They work to challenge poverty and to encourage effective ways of working and to bring about change. The Commission continues to operate with the core principle that the direct involvement of people who experience poverty must be central to any plans to eradicate it – 'Nothing About Us Without Us is For Us.'
Read their latest report here.
WEvolution – turning communities around
WEvolution (formerly known as Passage from India) is a Scottish Charity which works alongside people from disadvantaged backgrounds and their aspirations for a better life for themselves, their families and communities. Bringing people together in its Self-Reliant Groups (SRGs), WEvolution promotes a way of working alongside communities that is based on trust, self-governance and collective endeavour towards entrepreunership. Although well established in other parts of the world, it is a new way of working with people, especially women, in Scotland.
Read their latest report here.
Our partnership with theGKexperience has helped our work with Children and Young People extensively and intentionally across communities in priority areas. theGKexperience run residential experiences for young people ranging from outdoor focused residentials, arts camps, sailing, snowboarding and walking expeditions. This area of work has been targeted at some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people in our communities, as identified by youth workers and ministers. This sits alongside a continued and developing programme of additional support for some of the most challenged young people whom we journey with on residentials. It also acts as a framework to support youth workers and volunteers in local contexts.