VONNE Conference and AGM - Tackling Poverty Together

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VONNE's annual conference looks at how we can tackle poverty together, including the implications of the Welfare Reform and Work Act for the North East. Practical workshops follow, offering solutions to how the VCS can help tackle poverty. We'll hold a short business-focused AGM, concluding with a special screening of I, Daniel Blake at the Tyneside Cinema.

Tackling Poverty Together


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Introduction to the Welfare Reform & Work Act 2016
Dr. Deborah Harrison, North East Child Poverty Commission
Poverty & Life Chances – A moving landscape
Reverend Paul Butler Bishop of Durham
The government’s Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 has now passed into law and holds significant implications for how child poverty is defined, measured and addressed in the UK. Dr. Deboarha Harrison and Bishop Paul Butler will outline the implications and challenges of the act.
We can Solve Poverty in the UK – Talking about Poverty - what work and changes minds
Abigail Scott Paul, Deputy Director Communications, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Joseph Rowntree Foundation recently launched their strategy ‘We can solve poverty in the UK’ setting out recommendations on how all of us can act to solve poverty including evidence on what works and how we can change attitudes and minds.

Workshops will follow the presentations based around tackling poverty in a practical way.


1. Tackling Poverty in action: Hartlepool Action Lab and Poolie Time Exchange
Peter Gowland, Project Leader
Find out about how people are working to solve poverty in Hartlepool through the Hartlepool Action Lab, a Joseph Rowntree Foundation supported project that brings together community members, businesses, community groups and the public sector and about the Poolie Time Exchange, one of the community projects that has come out of this participatory action approach.

2. Tackling Hunger Together
Michael Shields, FareShare North East
Hear about FareShare North East’s our offer to voluntary sector partners, with a focus on how they are contributing to the battle against poverty, plus reducing waste.

3. Supporting people in financial hardship
Ross Craig, Turn2Us
Turn2Us have funding to deliver free workshops to VCOs working with people in financial hardship. Hear about their offer to use their Benefits Calculator, Grants Search tool and other online resources to help people maximise their income.

4. Poverty proofing the sector
Martin Gollan, Newcastle CVS
Newcastle CVS has developed a tool for voluntary sector groups to allow them to reflect on and critically assess their relationship with the people who are using their services and who are experiencing material poverty.

Lunch is provided with plenty of time for networking, then our short business-focused AGM follows, closing the event at 2.30pm. We then have a special screening of the film I, Daniel Blake at the Tyneside Cinema, see below.

Special cinema screening: I, Daniel Blake

VONNE is working in partnership with the Tyneside Cinema to organise a special showing of I, Daniel Blake at 3.15pm at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle, following our conference and AGM. Standard admission charges at the cinema will apply.

I, Daniel Blake is a 2016 British drama film directed by Ken Loach and written by Loach's frequent collaborator Paul Laverty.  

The film, which was filmed in Newcastle and the surrounding area, follows Daniel Blake a 59-year-old joiner in the North East who falls ill with heart disease and so applies for the out-of-work sickness benefit Employment and Support Allowance. While he endeavours to overcome the red tape involved in getting this assistance, he meets single mother Katie and her two children, Dylan and Daisy, who, in order to escape a homeless persons' hostel in London, must take up residence in a flat 300 miles away.

The film has received critical acclaim, winning the Palme d'Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and the Prix du public at the 2016 Locarno International Film Festival.

If you'd like to book a ticket for the screening, please tick the button Yes on registration.

December 1st, 2016 9:30 AM through  2:00 PM
The Castlegate
Melbourne Street
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2JQ
United Kingdom
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Phone: 0191 233 2288