Date of release: Friday 20th March, 2015
POVERTY among children and families living in Wolverhampton will be brought into sharp focus at a major debate aimed at finding new ways to tackle the issue.
The debate, Overcoming Poverty, is part of Wolverhampton's 'Working Well Week' – a drive to improve opportunities, prosperity and health for all the city's residents.
Planned for Friday 27 March, it will see key speakers, including the Rt. Rev. Clive Gregory, Bishop of Wolverhampton; and Dr Steve Iafrati, Social Policy Course Leader at the city's university, discuss a wide range of topics in a bid to find the answer to questions including:
- Why does Wolverhampton have high levels of deprivation?
- Beyond stereotypes, how do local people cope with and escape poverty?
- How can our whole city support children and families.
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust is one of the partners in Working Well Week and Trust Chairman Jeremy Vanes has been heavily involved in helping to organise the debate.
He said: "This is a free event, and everyone is welcome to attend and take part. "We're aiming for a serious mix of academic insight, moving testimony from young people living in austerity and constructive discussion from a big audience on practical ways to ensure the city slogan of 'Prosperity For All' does get to that last word - 'All.'"
The debate will go ahead from 6.30pm-9pm in the 298-seat MC001 Lecture Theatre at the MC Building, University of Wolverhampton, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1SB, on Friday March 27.
Press inquiries: for more information contact Jeremy Vanes on 01902 695950 or 07786 075804.