What is this project?
The Langholm Initiative is currently developing a project to tackle exclusionary poverty in Langholm & Eskdale. The project, Richer Lives, provides three primary means of support:
- Signposting and advice
- Building skills
- Removing stigma
By working collaboratively and creatively with partners across the region, we can begin to build a better future for people facing disadvantage in the area.
Why do we need this project?
Poverty is hidden in our area. It's recognised that rural areas are a 'melting pot' for people of all financial means. We know that there are many disadvantaged people, in fact, one in five people are among the most deprived people in Scotland. These figures are sometimes skewed by the way the Government measures deprivation, and sometimes people feel there is too much stigma attached to coming forward and seeking help. We want to make it easier for these people to get involved in society again, and to get the advice they need and deserve.
How do we do that then?
We have made a lot of friends in different agencies over the years, and we feel in a place where we can draw on their support. For example, our links with Dumfries and Galloway Citizen's Advice Service, the Job Centre in Annan and the Council anti-poverty services will mean that we can draw in expert advice on a number of different things. If we don't know, we know someone that will.
We are also able to provide people with skills that are essential in managing money, and we want to try linking volunteers up with people so that they can have an escape from the socially isolating circumstances they might be in.
How can I help?
Well, if you want to volunteer your time you can always get in touch using the details below. You can also get in touch with any ideas, thoughts or anything that you think might help!
And of course, to make it all work, we need the resources. We are a part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council's 'People Tackling Poverty' participatory budgeting scheme. That means we need as many votes as possible to ensure we get the funding. Unfortunately that means that you need to get over to the Richard Greenhow Centre in Gretna to vote. If you need a lift over there, let us know!
This is taking place on Saturday 17th March 2018 from 11am to 2.45pm. Please come along and support the project... it's all about the community helping each other!
Sounds great! Where can I get more information?
For more information on the project, download the project information pack here
Jason Railton - Project Manager
The Langholm Initiative