16 months ago, the Salford Poverty Truth Commission was launched at Eccles Old Town Hall, as a packed hall heard stories from Salford residents of hardship and all issues surrounding it.
It was at this meeting that Truth Commission sponsor, Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett, confessed that, despite loads of development in the city, the level of poverty and deprivation "isn't shifting".*
Poverty commissioners, drawn from Salford front line residents and people from business and politics, have been meeting ever since behind closed doors, and the results are to be 'celebrated' at an open, free community event on Friday morning, 6th October, at The Sanctuary, Dallas Court, off South Langworthy Road.
"We have spent the past year or so working together to explore each other's daily experiences, build relationships, share ideas and ultimately create small ripples of change across our Salford communities" state the organisers "We would like to share more with you about our achievements so far and invite you to join us at a celebration event."
Has the Salford Poverty Truth Commission actually achieved anything? Find out as the commissioners report back to the community, with closing words from Paul Dennett and the Bishop of Salford, John Arnold.
Salford Poverty Truth Commission: Our Story So Far
Friday 6th October 10am to 1pm
The Sanctuary, Studio 4, Dallas Court
Houston Park M50 2GF
This event is free but registration is essential with tickets going fast. To register – click here
*For full background see previous Salford Star articles:
Salford Poverty Truth Commission Hears Horror Stories From The City – click here
£42million Salford Planning Scandal As Mayor Asks What Is Going On – click here