Morecambe Bay Poverty Truth Commission regroups for Round Two

December 07, 2021 - 12:00am

Morecambe Bay Poverty Truth Commission regroups for Round Two

Morecambe Bay Poverty Truth Commission is coming together again in a second round to enable the stories of people with lived experience of poverty to be heard in a way that can change the understanding and challenge the stigma of poverty. 

One of twenty commissions around the country, MBPTC is regrouping to create meaningful change in the lives of people from around Lancaster, Morecambe and Heysham. MBPTC are looking for local people to come and listen, learn and present their shared experiences of poverty. Once group participants establish their goals for round two, local people in positions of power are invited to hear their stories shared creatively at a public launch event.

MBPTC local coordinator Sue Mitchell reflected on the power of storytelling: “Telling and listening to stories brings people together in a shared human experience which engages us all at a heart level, rather than just an ideas level. There’s scope here for us to be changed and to then create change, to see how things can be different, rather than ‘things have always been this way and always therefore will be’. We need to hear stories from people who are not usually heard, to learn from their experience and imagine how to change things for the better, together.”

Of its many achievements from round one, the commission is especially proud of its work to create a new charity ‘Lets Befriends’, the establishment of a new job role shared across the NHS and Citizens Advice Bureau, work to prevent the eviction and homelessness of one-hundred people from the Traveller community and a culture change within the council, aiming to treat people as human beings as opposed to statistics. 

One of MBPTC’s round one commissioners explained the empowerment they felt within the group: “It makes us feel more important, like we can actually go into a room and sit with these professional people without feeling we shouldn’t be there, that we had no right to be there. We feel like we are humans and should be there just like them.”

For further information, please contact Ally McKenzie on 07766933884, or log onto www.morecambebaypovertytruthcommission.org.uk