15 March meeting: Karen Williams on Poverty

Karen Williams Karen Williams will talk about poverty in our community. She will discuss the reality of struggling to survive and the problems faced by the lower-paid, both in day-to-day living and in dealing with government and other officials.

Karen Williams is Project Leader of Shrewsbury foodbank PLUS, a holistic range of projects that serve our community often when people are at their most vulnerable. Working with the people of Shropshire they offer hope by recognising the value of each individual, enabling them to make positive choices for their future to play a full role in society and see personal transformation in their lives. Foodbank PLUS is part of Barnabas Community Projects of which Karen is a Director.

Karen will be happy to receive donations of food at the meeting.

Thursday 15 March at 7.30 pm, University Centre Shrewsbury, Guildhall, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury SY3 8HQ. All welcome, but voluntary donations requested.

You are very welcome to arrive at 7 pm for coffee/tea and to chat to other members and visitors.

Seven everyday things poor people worry about that rich people never do

It isn’t just poor people’s lives which differ from rich people’s lives – it’s poor people’s thoughts that differ from everyone else’s.  – Carmen Rios, 30 September 2015

Being poor is hard work. And it’s a hell of a mind game.

I grew up with my brother in a working-class home headed up by a single mother. We were rich in love and support and – because of Mom’s passion for baking – cheesecake.

But we were not rich in money.

Watching my mother struggle to make ends meet fundamentally changed my relationship to money, even to this day.

Over the years, I’ve realized that it isn’t just poor people’s lives which differ from rich people’s lives – it’s poor people’s thoughts that differ from everyone else’s.

Read more…

Re-booting technology to impact on poverty and the environment: public meeting 13 March

Please note this is not sponsored by SHG or BHA, but may be of interest:

A free public meeting, Re-booting  technology to impact on poverty and the environment. Simon Trace CBE has 35 years of experience working in the international development sector, for Wateraid and then as CEO of Practical Action.

Our society is more likely to direct research funding into a cure for male baldness than a malaria vaccine, or into exploring new methods of extracting shale gas than finding solutions for storing renewable energy. In this powerful talk, Simon Trace argues that we need a new approach, one of technology justice, to put things right.

Monday 13th March 2017 at 7.30pm at the United Reformed Church Lecture Hall, English Bridge, Shrewsbury. All Welcome. Refreshments

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