What's Welfare Trackers?
Are you a staff member or volunteer in the third sector or community member and witnessing the impact of welfare reforms on service users, colleagues and/or your service delivery? We need to hear your voices, and we want to offer a space to raise awareness of welfare reforms and initiate discussion within the third sector. If you work directly or indirectly with people affected by reforms; are interested in finding out more about specific welfare reforms; feel concerned about how reforms are affecting people; are interested in connecting with other organisations to share good practice, signpost and offer peer support; would like to raise your voice about the impact of reforms in Glasgow and to campaign for change…then please read further!
What’s it about?
The Welfare Tracking project is a collaboration between The Poverty Alliance, GCVS and Scottish Drugs Forum and funded by BLF Support and Connect. It will run until August 2015. Its aim is to monitor and assess the impact of benefit changes on individuals and community based organisations.
The 1st stage of the project involves running awareness raising workshops at both local and city wide levels. The 2nd stage of the project involves research interviews with individuals and organisations to gather more in-depth evidence of the impact of welfare reform. 1st stage awareness session discussions will also contribute to the research. Both stages will run concurrently throughout the life of the project, so you may wish to be involved in one or both stages.
Stage 1 Awareness Raising workshops
The Poverty Alliance will be facilitating workshops at community level, SDF will be running workshops with addiction services and GCVS will be facilitating a city wide programme of welfare reform awareness and networking sessions. These workshops aim to:
Raise awareness of the reforms;
Initiate discussion and inspire new ideas;
Provide links to keep services better informed of changes as well as responses happening across the city;
Offer opportunities to get involved in Welfare Tracking research to monitor the impact of the changes on services throughout Glasgow;
Strengthen our collective voice within the third sector and campaign
To organise a short workshop with your community group, friends or colleagues, please contact the Fieldwork Officers for:
City wide events: Lynn Law (firstname.lastname@example.org 0141 332 2444)
Local events: Twimukye Mushaka (email@example.com 0141 353 0440) or
Addiction services: Derek McCabe (firstname.lastname@example.org 0141 221 1175)
Stage 2: Research and Tracking
As part of the Welfare Tracking exercise we wish to understand the impacts on both organisations and staff delivering support and individuals directly affected by the welfare reform changes. We will be running a number of different research projects through the Welfare Trackers Project.
Tracking Survey (Organisations)
A survey will monitor the impacts of welfare changes on organisations over the next year. This will take place in three waves showing changes and impacts over time.
This will take place in August 2014, December 2014 and May 2015.
All that will be required is the commitment to take part in these surveys and also potentially to be interviewed throughout the year. This will provide your organisation the opportunity to take part in highlighting the issues and challenges you face from current and future welfare reform changes. All this will require is a few hours of your time across the year and your organisation will receive a copy of all research findings. All research findings will be anonymised and will not identify organisations in any way.
Sharing Direct Experience (Staff and Individuals)
We will also be running research work exploring staff wellbeing and the impacts on children and young people.
· Staff Well Being (Oct 2014)
We are looking for staff involved directly or indirectly in supporting people affected by welfare reform.
· Children and Young People (Feb 2015)
We are looking for children and young peoples’ organisations and families and young people affected by welfare reforms.
In addition we are also looking for individuals directly affected by welfare reform to speak about their experiences as part of supporting the policy work for this project. We can do this through one to one interviews and other methods.
All research findings will be anonymised and will not identify staff or individuals.