Understanding poverty & the cost of living crisis

Poverty A mother holding a child
EventsTrainingEvent Date: Feb 10th, 2022  Time: 9:15 - 13:00

We’re pleased to invite you to a new training session on poverty and the cost of living crisis

Nearly a quarter of people live in poverty in Wales. With the pandemic and the cost of living crisis squeezing families there is little sign that the position will improve. Join us to learn more about the causes of poverty and its impact on Welsh society.

Why you should attend

This session will provide an opportunity to develop a detailed understanding of poverty in Wales, especially as the cost of living increases. It will help you understand what is meant by poverty and will explore its causes. You’ll learn about who lives in poverty in Wales and have an opportunity to discuss what actions you might be able to take to solve the problem.

It is an ideal introduction for all those eager to take action to solve poverty – CPD certification is anticipated. Delegates will also receive copies of slides used in the presentation and a list of useful resources. 

Draft programme

The training will be delivered by Dr Victoria Winckler, Director of the Bevan Foundation, and Dr Steffan Evans, Head of Policy at the Bevan Foundation. Both have many years of experience working on poverty-related issues in Wales as well as extensive experience of delivering training, seminars and webinars. 

What is poverty?

A short introduction looking at what is meant by poverty, how it is measured, the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches and the impact of the cost of living. 

Who lives in poverty? 

An overview of who lives in poverty in Wales, including groups with a high risk of poverty, groups with large numbers in poverty, geographical differences, followed by discussion of what these findings mean for efforts to solve poverty. 

Causes of poverty and the cost of living

This session explores the root social and economic causes of poverty, including the pressure created by rising costs, and how they should inform possible solutions. 

What can you do?

This panel discussion will highlight the work of organisations already taking action to solve poverty, with the opportunity to ask panellists about their experiences. Joining the panel will be:

Ben Saltmarsh – National Energy Action 

Susan Lloyd Selby – Trussell Trust

Suzanne Mazzone – Clwyd Alyn Housing Association 

Reflective discussion and close 


The training will be delivered online, with time for questions and discussion as well as short breaks away from the screen. The number of places is limited to ensure that you have an opportunity to contribute. 

The delegate fee is highly-competitive, with a discount for Bevan Foundation subscribers and early birds.  


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