The Scottish Human Rights Commission is recruiting a reference group, consisting of people from across Scotland with direct experience of poverty.
In addition to helping inform both the Commission’s broader work and its commitment to Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights, the group will participate in a project regarding poverty and adequate standards of living.
Specifically, this project aims to identify and promote ways that international human rights law, and an approach based around human rights, can be used to combat poverty, its effects, and the barriers to adequate standards of living across Scotland.
The Commission is focused on supporting people who experience poverty to influence decisions which affect them, and for the reference group to be representative of a range of experiences and voices. As such, the group is open to participation from anyone with direct experience of poverty, including:
- disabled people who experience poverty
- people who have mental health needs and experience poverty
- people who have experienced homelessness
- single parents and families with children experiencing poverty
- people with a job who experience poverty
- people living in rural areas who experience poverty
- asylum seekers and refugees who experience poverty
- people with experience of food poverty
- people experiencing fuel poverty
- people from the south, east and north of Scotland who are experiencing poverty
- people from ethnic minority communities who are experiencing poverty.
In order to participate in the group, people should be willing to share their experiences, listen to others, and consider experiences different from their own. They should also have an interest in human rights, though a knowledge of human rights is not required.
The first meeting is likely to take place in late August in Glasgow, with subsequent meetings being held every 6-8 weeks. However, suitable dates will be agreed upon by the group.
Support arrangements are available for those who may face barriers to becoming a member of the group or attending meetings. These arrangements – such as child care or travel costs – can be discussed with the Commission representative