Our vision is that Scotland’s poorest communities should flourish.
Faith in Community Dundee walks together with people of faith in support of our economically poorest communities. We are committed to working hand in hand with all who share the desire to challenge and overcome poverty and exclusion. We do this in various ways –
Community development: supporting faith communities to tackle poverty
Our Community Development Worker works alongside faith communities to explore ways they can tackle poverty in their area. We offer: training, funding support, partnership connections, awareness raising, time…and more. We are currently supporting initiatives around drop-in cafes, local support groups, sewing projects, clothes provision, and family support.
Direct project work: Lochee Music Group
Our Music Development Worker supports a weekly music group for men and women in recovery, facing mental health challenges or moving through the criminal justice system. This group is a space where people can develop their instrumental skills, learn song-writing, find space to build their musical talents and begin to record, and possibly perform, what they produce. He is also working in the Stobswell area, seeking to develop something similar there.
Giving people a voice:
We find ways to bring the voices of people experiencing poverty to the people and places where they need to be heard. In 2015/16 we interviewed 149 people, ran 8 focus groups, produced 1 report and 8 films, presented our findings to the Dundee Fairness Commission and others. We brought 27 community participants into the same room as the Fairness Commissioners and senior council staff to share their experiences and explore ways forward.
We have been invited to facilitate the second phase of the Fairness Commission in Dundee, where 12 community participants and 12 of Dundee’s key decision makers work together over the next 18 months to develop a shared understanding between the two groups of commissioners and make proposals around key areas of anti-poverty work identified through the experience and knowledge of the commission. This is supported by the Scottish Government and part of the Fairer Scotland Action Plan.
We all know people who have struggled to pay for the funeral of a loved one, and consequently fallen into debt. We facilitate the Funeral Poverty Action Group, working towards a local response to these issues. We will be actively engaging with people across Dundee over the next few months to explore the possibility of a funeral advice service for our city.