The drive to reduce health inequalities by targeting health improvement action and resources at the most disadvantaged areas, has been a central theme of recent health policy. With the latest Welfare Reform changes it is becoming increasingly important that NHS staff and activity is more inequalities and poverty sensitive. The WI Poverty Action Group focus, in particular, on myths surrounding benefits and in-work poverty, which is climbing at an alarming rate. The foodbanks have reported that 1 out of 4 of their referrals are for working families who are on a low income.
Two Poverty Awareness training days have so far been run by Mary Maclean and Eleanor Macleay and both were well attended. The awareness session will be run in Uist next and a shorter half day course is presently been developed to make it easier for staff to attend. There will also be a series of community workshops run throughout the Island over the summer months, which will identify issues as well as raising awareness.
For further information contact Mary Maclean, Fas Fallain Manager, tel. 01851 762017.