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How does Oxfam Cymru tackle poverty in Wales?

Posted by Fathima Ali UK Poverty Programme Co-ordinator

28th Nov 2012

Community Link in Newport


Last year, Oxfam's emergency and development work reached a staggering 15 million people in 55 countries, but did you know we are also working to tackle poverty in Wales? Thanks to the Big Lottery Fund, Oxfam Cymru's UK Poverty Programme is bringing the experiences and lessons learnt of working with people in poverty in developing countries to Wales.

The project called 'Building Livelihoods and Strengthening Communities in Wales' covers Wales from Newport in the south to Rhyl in the north, working in 9 areas* with Oxfam Cymru community based partners.

What lessons have we learned?

Oxfam's experience has shown that people experiencing poverty have an array of abilities, skills and assets around them that can be used and built upon to help them manage and improve their lives. These can be social networks such as friends and family, access to services such as training and healthcare and finances such as employment and benefits. This method of working with people is called the 'Sustainable Livelihoods Approach' and will provide individuals and families with mentoring and coaching in order to identify and use these resources.

Please get in touch if you would like further information about the project:
Contact Fathima Ali at or 0300 200 1269.

*The project will run for 3 years with nine partners: South Riverside Community Development Centre in Cardiff; Duffryn Community Link in Newport; African Community Centre in Swansea; The DOVE Workshop in Neath Port Talbot; Glyncoch Community Regeneration in Rhondda Cynon Taf; Sylfaen Cymunedol in Caernarfon; Caia Park Partnership in Wrexham, The Wallich Clifford Community in Cardiff and Denbighshire Voluntary Services Council in Rhyl West.

Blog post written by Fathima Ali

UK Poverty Programme Co-ordinator

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