The Community Voices group is made up of 8-10 Getting Ahead graduates. They are people with experience in living with low resources. They act as an advisory group to review and vet the work of the Poverty Task Force. And they act as catalysts to energize and inform the work of our other Action Groups.
The Community Voices have gained a voice and professionalism to their analysis of community issues which has resulted in them being in-demand at community and social agency consultations on housing, income, food security and transportation issues.
Some of our recent work:
Community Voices support the Poverty Task Force Action Groups by meeting with local politicians, labour representatives and business leaders to discuss precarious work, income security, housing and food security.
Community Voices led the design of a pilot support program (Circles adaptation) for people graduating from the Getting Ahead program in 2014-2015.
Community Voices led consultation discussions with the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services on the regulation of alternative financial services such as payday loans in July 2015.