In Ladysmith & Stz'uminus, working as one CommUNITY Together to End Poverty.
People experience poverty in different ways.
It could look like making decisions between which basic necessities are possible day by day, month by month. Rent or hydro? Internet or a cell phone? Medications or healthy food?
Since people are resilient and creative, poverty is often unseen or hidden. Many feel the stigma of living in poverty every day. They may feel too ashamed to ask for help or are fearful that they will be excluded from society, have their children taken away, or will be judged unfairly for needing help.
Each of us can make a difference in the lives of our neighbours
This is our commUNITY – Together to End Poverty Hw-nuts'-ulwum (As One).
In 2019, the Province of British Columbia (BC) released its poverty reduction strategy: TogetherBC: British Columbia’s Poverty Reduction Strategy. The strategy sets targets to reduce overall poverty in BC by at least 25%, and the child poverty rate by at least 50%, by 2024.
The Province has provided $5 million over three years through the Poverty Reduction Planning & Action program to support local governments in helping to reduce poverty. As a result of this funding, the Town of Ladysmith received a grant to develop a plan, in partnership with Social Planning Cowichan and a Working Group, that sets both priority actions on poverty reduction and identifies actions specific to the needs of Ladysmith and Stz'uminus residents.
With your involvement, we can look directly at issues of poverty in our community and together create an action plan to help make a difference for those in our community needing support.