Disadvantage in East Belfast; Do you believe it exists?

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On Wednesday, March 13,, a conference entitled, ‘Disadvantage in East Belfast; Do you believe it exists?’ will take place at the East Belfast Network Centre at 55 Templemore Avenue from 9.30 am to 1pm.

The conference is being organised by the Scaffolding Project.

The Scaffolding Project is a group of voluntary and community sector organisations who are working together to try and alleviate the impact of poverty in east Belfast.

They also hope to bust some of the myths about poverty and to raise awareness of the reality of poverty for people in east Belfast. To date the project has delivered Holiday Hunger programmes, school uniform recycling Initiatives and raised money for crises funds for those in poverty.

Barbara Smith, Scaffolding Project Coordinator, said: “Some people believe that poverty does not exist in east Belfast but the sad reality is that the members of the Scaffolding Project work daily with people who are experiencing very real poverty such as a lack of food or heat.

“We hope that the conference will make people aware that poverty does exist in their community and some of the reasons why this is the case in 2019. We also hope to provide people with practical ways that they can take action to support work of the Scaffolding Project in alleviating poverty.”

If you would like more information, please contact, Barbara Smith, Scaffolding Project Coordinator at EastSide Partnership on 02890 451900 or send an email to


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