Reaching the Hard to Reach: Capturing the Impact of Welfare Reform in Northern Ireland Project

Advice NI has embarked upon an exciting 18 month Civic Activism project, supported by the Building Change Trust (BCT),  in order to capture the impact of Welfare Reform across Northern Ireland. 

The programme officially got off the ground with the ‘Civic Activism Programme workshop’ launch event on Tuesday 15th September. The event brought together all 8 successful projects with the objective of each project getting to know one another and to identify ways we can collectively work together. The other projects looked to address issues around integrated education, community planning, youth unemployment, renewable energy and public transport.

Throughout the project Advice NI, in partnership with our members, will be engaging with those people most likely to be impacted by welfare reform in order to understand their experiences and hear their fears. Our vision for the project is a society of active citizens empowered to influence decisions that affect their lives. We hope to achieve outcomes that will enable citizens to be better informed, have a louder voice and ultimately have more influence.

Throughout the project Advice NI will use the information gathered to lobby and influence key decision-makers on Welfare Reform, with the aim of mitigating the potential negative impacts for the most vulnerable members of the community.

Advice NI will be deploying 5 tools from the Civic Activism toolkit, including factchecker, crowdmapping, citizen reporting, crowd-wise and citizen report cards.

We look forward to working with BCT, Involve and Democratic Society on this programme. 

Please feel free to contact arfawn@adviceni.net if you would like further information or would like to get involved.  

In the meantime keep an eye on #CivicActivismNI #WelfarereformNI and the Advice NICivic Activism and Trust websites for updates.