Bidwill Uniting is initiating Getting Ahead, an innovative program for people living in poverty to access resources they wouldn’t otherwise have access to. Many people living in poverty are in a downward spiral, often referred to as a cycle of poverty or generational poverty. And the cycle needs to be broken. Many Bidwill residents experience such a downward spiral which means that they miss out on opportunities that many of us take for granted.
We all experience poverty to some degree in some of these areas at different times. However, people who have found themselves with very few resources across a whole range of areas need to be able to learn about and access these resources, few of which are material.
Getting Ahead is a 10 session course that helps participants investigate and understand their own experience of poverty and the cultural and often hidden ‘rules’, norms, expectations, motivators, strengths and resources in their own lives and communities as well as those of ‘middle class’ society, where many necessary activities take place. This learning process enables people from disadvantaged communities to access the knowledge and resources that they need to successfully interact with other groups in society and move towards their goals, such as finding and maintaining employment.
The Getting Ahead program aims for two levels of change:
All participants set themselves goals and are supported by the group to achieve these goals. The participants meet together weekly over a meal and work together to address issues for themselves and the community.
We are inviting people who are not experiencing poverty to participate in the course alongside local residents in order to: