In 2023, the Lifting Neighbourhoods Out of Poverty Conference took to the two cities in which Lifting Neighbourhoods Together is being delivered; Edinburgh and Newcastle.

Project Conference

On Tue 26 September 2023, we delivered a whole project update in Edinburgh.

We also invited fellow changemakers to share their emerging learning about lifting neighbourhoods out of poverty in the context of their work.

John Halliday, CEO – Community Renewal Trust
Emerging learning from the Lifting Neighbourhoods Together test of change

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Ancha Stoodley, Neighbourhood Transformation Manager – Building Futures East
Delivering Lifting Neighbourhoods Together in an English context

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Dr Jim McCormick, CEO – The Robertson Trust

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Laura Hainey, Design Officer (Climate Action Towns) – Architecture and Design Scotland

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Gordon McLean, National Programme Manager (Getting Alongside Communities) –  Corra Foundation (Pre-recorded talk)

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Expert panel discussion with:
Cath Cooney, Delivery Partner – International Futures Forum
Ancha Stoodley – Building Futures East
John Halliday – Community Renewal Trust
Dr Jim McCormick, CEO – The Robertson Trust

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A call to action – John Halliday

Local Conference

On Tue 10 October 2023, we co-hosted the Newcastle conference with Building Futures East, the organisation who are delivering our approach in the Walker neighbourhood of Newcastle.

As well as sharing our learning, we were delighted to be joined by changemakers active in the area and community members who shared their lived experience of participating in Lifting Neighbourhoods Together.

Ancha Stoodley, Neighbourhood Transformation Manager – Building Futures East.
Delivering Lifting Neighbourhoods Together in Walker

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Claire Laydon-Baptist, Health Case Work Manager – Building Futures East
Update in context of Claire’s work followed by a Q and A with Jane a resident of Walker

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John Halliday, Chief Executive – Community Renewal Trust
What is the Lifting Neighbourhoods Together approach – history, context and introduction?

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Rachael Wallace Lapper, Community member & volunteer
Support to Volunteering – through the lens of a community member

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Expert Panel Discussion with:
Helen Holmes, CEO – Building Futures East
Ancha Stoodley, Building Futures East
John Halliday, Community Renewal Trust
Neil Munslow (MBE), Service Manager: Active Inclusion – Newcastle City Council
Suzanne Halliwell, Head of Care and Support – Thirteen Group

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