Austerity & Advice, How the advice sector can positively impact on poverty and wellbeing
6th August 2015
Hosted by Hull & East Riding Citizens Advice Bureau, for and on behalf of the Advice Forward Partnership Hull and East Riding.
Showcasing Advice provision across Hull and the East Riding, and building on recent reports from the Low Commission, Joseph Rowntree, and Citizens Advice, the conference aimed to look at how advice can positively impact on wellbeing, both in immediate terms for clients suffering stress, anxiety and depression, but also the longer term impacts of preventing homelessness etc. We also looked at the Anti-poverty agenda, and how Advice can be used to tackle poverty, exclusion and deprivation in a number of ways. Necessarily the conference was in the context of funding cuts and austerity, but we aimed to provide a challenging and positive event looking at how the advice sector can move forward and maximize the impact we have, using the resources we've got.
Debra has been the Chief Executive of the Directory of Social Change (DSC) since 2001. She is a trustee of In-Kind Direct, a patron of the Charity Staff Foundation and Vice Chair of Governors of WhiteKnights Primary School. She was a member of the Charity Commission's SORP Committee and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (FRSA). She is also a member of the Royal Institution and Liberty. She was the founder Chair of the Small Charities Coalition.
After a brief stint in the private sector Debra has spent most of her career in the charitable sectors, carrying out a range of roles at all levels, including campaigning, policy development, sales, product development, media relations and training. She spent some 14 years as a voluntary Trade Union Officer, a year working with Youth at Risk - an organisation that works to rehabilitate young people who suffer severe social disadvantages - and was the first female Programme Director of the Runge Effective Leadership programme.
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