About Us

The Cornwall Independent Poverty Forum is a registered charity, number 1183177.

Cornwall Independent Poverty Forum was set up to:

  • Help and support those suffering who are most disadvantaged.
  • Raise awareness of poverty issues, particularly issues of housing and homelessness, health and benefits, with the wider community, and with the voluntary and community sector organisations and statutory organisations, which provide services to those in most need.
  • Lobby statutory organisations and politicians, to make positive changes to policies and strategies, that impact on those suffering poverty.

Our Mission

Our Mission is to involve people with direct experience of poverty in the development of partnerships between local, county, and national organisations, working towards the reduction and eradication of poverty. We work to enable individuals suffering poverty to regain control of their lives and to take their rightful place in society, utilising their talents for the benefit of their communities and ending their social exclusion.

Our Objectives

  • Ensuring people experiencing poverty and social exclusion are involved in the Poverty Forum’s work.
  • Developing strategies to ensure that combating poverty remains high on political agendas.
  • Listening, to learn the problems of poverty, ill health, social exclusion and bureaucratic systems.
  • Befriending and offering constructive support to those individuals suffering poverty.
  • Working in partnership with organisations with similar objectives.
  • Provide project development support to relevant voluntary and community sector organisations.
  • Establishing projects that address the need of those suffering poverty and severe disadvantage.
  • Raising awareness of poverty issues, through Poverty Forum Meetings, Homeless Network Meetings, Food Issues Meetings and Poverty Forum Hearings and through meetings with M.P.’s and other key organisations.
  • Produce Reports to raise awareness of a range of poverty issues

When We Meet

We meet once a month on the first Tuesday of the month; usually via Zoom, but with in-person meetings three times a year.

For 2024, these are our upcoming dates:

  • April 9th 10am Zoom
  • May 7th 10am Zoom
  • June 4th 10.30am, also the Poverty Forum AGM, at The Haven, Unit 6 (upstairs), The Quay, Looe PL13 1DX
  • July 2nd 10am Zoom
  • August 10am Zoom
  • September 3rd 10.30am at Hayle Salvation Army Cross Street, Hayle TR27 4LW (there is a carpark at the bottom of the road next to Age UK/Library).
  • October 1st 10am Zoom
  • November 5th 10.30am at Truro Foodbank, Unit 15B, Threemilestone Industrial Estate, Threemilestone, Truro TR4 9LD
  • December 3rd 10am Zoom

To sign up for Zoom meetings contact rosey.sanders@truro.anglican.org

Poverty Forum Chair, Andrew Yates Andrewy@cornwallindependentpovertyforum.com


Membership is free and everyone is welcome to join.

Local Partners

National Partners