Friday, 18 October 2019

Whats On

MONDAY 21st OCTOBER
10.00am – 12 noon          Women’s Drop In (Closed Group)
12.30pm – 1.00pm           Tai Chi - £2.00 Charge
1.00pm – 2.00pm             Health Walk with Martin
1.30pm - 2.30pm             Versus Arthritis Committee

TUESDAY 22nd OCTOBER
10.00am – 12 noon          Men’s Debaters Group
10.00am - 1.30pm           Citizens Advice Bureau Drop In
10.00am – 12 noon          Community Health Hub
10.00am -  12 noon          Camera Club
1.00pm – 3.00pm             Port Glasgow Recovery Café (Salvation Army)


WEDNESDAY 23rd OCTOBER
10.00am – 12 noon          Digital Support Group
10.30am – 1.30pm           Recovery Jam Session
1.00pm  -  3.00pm           Citizens Advice Bureau Drop In
1.00pm – 3.00pm             Family Response (Closed Group)
5.00pm – 8.00pm             Inverclyde Recovery Café (Crown Care Centre)     

THURSDAY 24th OCTOBER
10.00am – 12 noon          Your Voice Art Class
1.30pm – 3.30pm             Best Friends Group
1.30pm – 3.30pm             MacMillan Hub
2.00pm – 4.00pm             New Scots Music Group
2.00pm – 4.00pm             Physical Disabilities Group

FRIDAY 25th OCTOBER
11.30am – 1.00pm           New Scots
1.30pm – 3.30pm             Cool Café Chat
5.00pm – 8.00pm             Inverclyde Recovery Café (Crown Care Centre)

SATURDAY 26th OCTOBER
10.00am – 4.00pm           Shopmobility Only

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Challenging Inverclyde Poverty Group


Challenging Poverty, 365 Days a Year

Effects of poverty on Inverclyde’s people and families…
Poverty in Inverclyde affects many people and is an issue that the Challenging Inverclyde Poverty (CIP) Group and partners are keen to address. 
For the most part the highest poverty rate is experienced by:
  • Lone parent families
  • Single adults
  • Two parent families

The CIP group and community members highlighted that lack of:
  • Money
  • Food
  • Appropriate housing
  • Transport
  • Childcare
  • Opportunities for extra activities/holidays etc.

can make it difficult to raise a family and / or get on with everyday life / living.

People shared that due to poverty, they deal with stress on a daily basis. This can lead to health problems and also impacts on all who are living at home. Those with families feel that they have let their kids down and it is also evident that people can be embarrassed by their situation.
CONCERNS
  • Tend to buy/access processed, frozen food etc. – aware this is not as good for you as fresh
  • Reliance on food banks – hand outs, not good for self esteem
  • Stressed - not meeting needs of kid/s - cost of the school day and things that parents are expected to pay for, kids feel embarrassed when they are not doing things with / having things that their peers have
  • Not meeting own needs – tend to use money for other essentials e.g. rent/heating, enable kids to participate in extra activities as worry about how they are feeling and the impact that this can have on them (ACE’s)
  • Worry that kids will not have as many opportunities as other children – sports, music, fun activities
  • Kids feel pressure from their peers / social media on how to dress, what to do
  • Failed as a parent - cannot afford to give them all the things they want
  • Feel ashamed about living in poverty and it is very difficult to ask for help with costs for trips or other things
  • Go without things I need to be able to give more to my kids

We here at the CIP Group hope that:
  • Things will change for families / individuals living in poverty and all of Inverclyde’s people will get the opportunity to succeed in life
  • People will have more support and greater awareness of what is available locally to address needs and concerns 
  • There will be more options available for day-care / nursery needs so parents can work
  • Government/employers will raise the minimum wage for everyone,  more equality for pay and more affordability for basic needs


RESEARCH
Scarcity is an economic term that describes the mind-set people develop when they have many needs and not enough resources to meet those needs.

An example of scarcity is found in people who live in poverty. Research has found that living in poverty can greatly impair peoples’ decision-making abilities, often resulting in making poor decisions.

This is because poverty leads to a scarcity mind-set that negatively changes the way a person thinks, plans, and operates. Living in a state of scarcity:
  • Imposes a cognitive load that saps attention and reduces effort – too busy worrying about other things to concentrate on the task in hand
  • Impairs peoples’ ability to make and carry out healthy long-term goals. People become focused on present, short-term goals such as how to deal with immediate expenses
  • This is called tunneling – the brain becomes so focused on a particular short-term problem that it can’t focus on anything else

may make bad financial decisions such as playing the lottery or borrowing too much money – in the hope that this will help them deal with the short-term problem of paying for a bill, can lead people into worse situations than they were in before

Scarcity is also present in other situations such as:
  • When workers are not given enough resources to do their jobs
  • In the aftermath of a natural disaster when there aren’t enough goods to go around
  • Sometimes people even live out of a scarcity mind-set when there are plenty resources to go around - when people make decisions from a scarcity mind-set, they hoard resources, only think of themselves, and live with a lot of anxiety

 Steven Covey is a businessman who wrote a book entitled The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.

In the context of business, Covey encourages people to embrace an abundance mentality over a scarcity mentality as they make decisions about their lives and careers.


People with an abundance mentality make decisions out of a mind-set that there is enough to go around. They are more generous with their resources, more gracious when other people succeed, and less anxious that they will miss out. They make decisions out of a belief that there is enough to go around.



Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Poverty Campaign


@YourVoiceInver are challenging #povertyinverclyde. Check out our online resource of services available to you in the local area: http://www.yourvoice.org.uk/poverty - if you'd like to see your organisation here, drop us a line at 01475 728628 or email enquiries@yourvoice.org.uk

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Welcome to Your Voice!

Welcome to The Your Voice Blog -

Your VOICE enables the voice of local people to be heard!

Do you know who makes the decisions about your community?

Did you know that your experiences, views and suggestions could influence these decisions?
Are you interested in making Inverclyde a better place to live, learn and work?
If so, you may be interested in getting together with like minded people to:
  • Share your life experiences
  • Raise issues and concerns
  • Challenge judgemental attitudes (even our own)
  • Promote what works well
  • Celebrate achievements and successes