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Council combating child poverty

Work to combat child poverty in the borough that is being carried out by Waltham Forest Council and its partners was discussed at the first ever Waltham Forest Child and Family Poverty Conference on 5 February.

Spearheaded by Councillor Karen Bellamy, Junior Lead Member for Child and Family Poverty, the conference was the biggest event of its kind in recent years, bringing together over 200 delegates.

Delegates came from all over London and represented both voluntary sector organisations and council teams working with children and families. Keynote speakers included Simon Shaw from the London Assembly and Ade Sofola from 4 in10, Save the Children.

The conference helped form new relationships between many disparate services, bringing many organisations together for the first time. The event was one of a number of projects initiated by the Council’s new Child and Family Poverty Board to combat poverty in the borough.

The board has created food supply chains to local food banks with FareShare, mobile food vans, and has worked up a new Child and Family Poverty Strategy that it launched at the conference. The strategy emphasises the need to find ways for organisations to collaborate better and not work in silos.

Over the next four months the Council will be consulting with partners and services about the strategy to determine their own set of commitments for alleviating poverty. Together over the coming year the Council will work with others to complete projects to create robust food supply chains, new and existing foodbanks and to expand the scope of the mobile high quality fresh produce shop.PHOTO: Councillor Karen Bellamy, Junior Lead Member for Child and Family Poverty, addressing the conference.

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