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ON THE GROUND - 'uncovering the truth at the grassroots'
Since 2007, the Joshua Project Trust has been working at the grassroots to develop solutions to the socio-economic impact of poverty on children and young people within a community in Bradford, UK. The innovative solutions, success in affecting transformation and reversing the all too predictable consequences of poverty in the lives of many children and young people has gained the Joshua Project Trust wide acclaim. Now approaching the 10th year since our inception, we have practical solutions to share, challenges to deliver and opportunities to be freshly inspired to make a real lasting difference at the grassroots.
The keys to unlocking a bright future for our communities, cities and nation lie in the hands of a rising generation - those truly working at the grassroots are best positioned to invest in them. The increase in 'social solution' organisations has given rise to an overuse of the word "grassroots". There is an argument that as it has become part of jargon, it has lost it's identity and power. But there are organisations and individuals who continue to work at the true grassroots, who's work, findings and impact goes beneath the radar of funding priorities, political rhetoric/ policy and public knowledge. This conference will provide an opportunity to 'uncover the truth at the grassroots', to give a platform for those working at the 'true grassroots' and for discussion about and sharing of effective solutions to challenging the socio economic impact of the increase in poverty that we have observed in our communities, cities and nation in the last decade.
The conference will feature two prominent keynote sessions and two workshop streams.
*please note, this plan is a working document and will be adjusted as the conference content is added too.
Friday 9th September
7.30pm: Refreshments and tours
8pm: Introduction Keynote (Rich Jones, Chief Executive JPT)
8.45pm: Corporate Responsibility meets Personal Responsibility (Gary Horton, IT Service Manager, YBS)
9.30pm: Networking, Live Music and Fully Licensed Bar
Saturday 10th September
9am: Pastries and Networking
- "Poverty and politics" - Cllr Ralph Berry
- "Poverty and housing" - Speaker TBA
1.30pm: Keynote - Dr Gill Main
- "Poverty and Community Cohesion" - Speaker TBA
- "Poverty and Education" - Joe Woodyatt
4pm: Panel Questions