Commissioner with the Poverty and Inequality Commission
Almost half of Glasgow’s residents (283,000 people) live in some of the most deprived areas in Scotland, and more than a third of all children in the city are classed as living in poverty. Raising two sons as a single parent in the Eastend of Glasgow, Caroline has felt the impact of poverty first hand.
Caroline has always been involved in her community, volunteering in her local church, and holding the position of chairwoman of the Parkhead Youth Project. In 2014 she became involved in the Poverty Truth Commission and this changed her life. She was part of a successful campaign around grants for school uniforms for families on low incomes.
Now she is a commissioner with the Poverty and Inequality Commission that advises the Scottish government on child poverty issues, sharing the personal stories of parents, from those with children with learning disabilities, to asylum seekers, and all families experiencing poverty. Through bringing the insights of these families to Scottish government they no longer feel they are voiceless. “I want to keep going on changing people’s negative attitudes and opinions after all we all want to live in a society where we look out for each other.”
One in Three – My Mission To Reduce Child Poverty
Families face so many obstacles to overcome poverty, many feel unable to speak out because of the stigma attached to it. But the insights of the people experiencing poverty are invaluable and people of influence are starting to listen. Caroline will share her campaigning journey to address poverty and inequality and discuss how now, using different language, experts by experience can share their knowledge and help to influence approaches to reducing child poverty.
Caroline Kennedy is working with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on a project looking at reframing language around UK Poverty. Joseph Rowntree Foundation is a Being the Story Partner.