10 Engaging People with Lived/Living Experience

 

The Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force Coordinator Jill Umbach joined Tamarack Institute’s 10 Lived/Living Experience Advisory Committee in 2018 as part of the Vibrant Communities‘ multi-sectoral poverty reduction work.  Since 2013, members of our Community Voices have been working with the Poverty Task Force as an advisory committee made up of people with “grounded expertise”.  People with grounded expertise deeply understand the realities of poverty in Bruce and Grey Counties. Their stories and experiences serve as powerful tools for building compassion and for disrupting and clarifying a community’s understanding of its roots causes and scope.

Group of people reflecting people with lived experience being engaged.

Informed by the 10 Lived/Living Experience Advisory Committee and interviews with our Community Voices a Guide has been written to support poverty-reduction groups to meaningfully engage people with lived/living experience. It celebrates the potential that can be unlocked when these individuals are included and empowered to drive anti-poverty work.

10 – Engaging People with Lived/Living Experience includes:

  • 10 really good ideas for engaging people with lived/living experience;
  • 10 stories that inspire (including #10 story of our Community Voices)
  • 10 useful resources;
  • 10 ways to get started.

The Guide highlights leading practices, inspires new thinking, and serves as a reminder of how critical engagement of people with lived/living experience in poverty reduction truly is.

Take Your Learning Further (links to resources from Section 4):

   1.  Social Inclusion Policy: Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction

   2.  A Guide to Creating a Culture of Inclusion: Saskatoon Poverty Reduction Partnership

   3.  Toronto Lived Experience Advisory Group (LEAG): Application Form

   4.  A Case Study in Authentic Engagement: Poverty Solutions Halifax

   5.  First Voice Protocol: EndPovertyEdmonton

   6.  Creating Community: Hastings Prince Edward Poverty Roundtable

   7.  Lived Experience as Expertise: Regional Municipality of Waterloo

   8.  Nothing About Us Without Us: Lived Experience Advisory Council

   9.  Lived Experience in Paid Staff Roles: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (recording available here)

  10. Rights-Based Participation and Accountability in Canada’s National Housing Strategy

Poverty Task Force_A Community Conversation_8 August 2014

Front Porch

The Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force came together on 8 August 2014 to discuss how we want to shape the place where we live! Chocolate and fruit was served to keep things positive! Photos were taken of ourselves as Changemakers.  We focused on the spark, the passion and the energy that fuels us to be part of a “community of change”.   This meeting was part of the larger Grey Bruce Community Conversations being organized in partnership with the Tamarack Institute and led by Grey Bruce Public Health.   Attached are the agenda and notes of our Community Conversation:  Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force_Conversation 8 Aug 2014

 

Video: Tamarack Institute discuss reducing poverty using a Collective Impact approach

Video: Paul Born, President and Liz Weaver, Vice President of the Tamarack Institute discuss reducing poverty using a Collective Impact approach. http://bit.ly/170Hiwk
For more information on this approach, Vibrant Communities and/or the Tamarack Institute go to: http://tamarackcommunity.ca/