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TCC announces exciting new partnership with Bevan Foundation 

TCC is delighted to announce that it has agreed an exciting new partnership with the Bevan Foundation to share expertise to ensure that people’s experiences of social inequality is at the centre of policy development in Wales.

 

There are two strands to the partnership; the first will look to develop how people’s lived experience of poverty is put at the forefront of policy development in Wales.  The activity, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, will seek to build on TCC’s existing activity in the area.  

 

Dr Steffan Evans of the Bevan Foundation said:  “The Bevan Foundation is looking forward to working in partnership with TCC.  The success of TCC’s recent Stop School Hunger campaign demonstrates how people with lived experience of poverty can bring about real change.  It is vital we build on this and ensure that people’s experiences are never overlooked”.  

  

The second will be working together to ensure the voices of migrants are embedded in policy development in Wales.  The partnership, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, will explore new ways of involving people with lived experience of migration in policy development, influencing and decision-making in Wales.  

Dr Claire Thomas of the Bevan Foundation said:  “This is a really exciting opportunity to work in partnership with TCC to ensure that the migrant voice is reflected in decisions which affect them. We think it is vitally important that people with lived experience of migration are involved in the policy making process, but currently many groups of migrants are falling through a policy-gap. Through this partnership we want to ensure they have an organised voice to help them to develop their capacity”.

Speaking about the work TCC added:  “TCC and the Bevan Foundation are working together to ensure that people with direct experience of social inequality will be put at the forefront of decision-making in Wales.  We are delighted to be working in this partnership, and look forward to working closely with the Bevan Foundation in the future.”​

Stop School Hunger campaign update

TCC leader Yvonne is a teaching assistant from Ysgol y Grango who first noticed the problem that pupils who were eligible for free school meals at her secondary school were coming to school hungry, having not had breakfast. Yvonne and other leaders from Ysgol y Grango and Penycae Church of the Nazarene brought the issue to TCC. After researching and finding that this was a Wales-wide problem, it became a national campaign.  

At the end of last year, First Minister Mark Drakeford joined TCC leaders at a meeting in Rhyl to announce that the Welsh Government was committing an extra £1 per day to the free school meals allowance in secondary schools.  This will allow the poorest pupils in Wales to buy breakfast as well as lunch at school, and will begin as a pilot for Year 7 pupils in January 2021. If successful, this will be rolled out to all eligible pupils.  

Watch this short film, produced by Eastwood Media, to hear from Yvonne and the other leaders involved in the Stop School Hunger campaign on how it felt to use their power to bring about national change.  

During the initial period of lockdown when schools were closed, TCC worked with other organisations from across Wales to ensure that families whose children would normally be receiving free school meals were appropriately supported. This resulted in the Welsh Government scrapping an ineffective voucher scheme, meaning that the majority of eligible families instead received direct cash payments.