Following on from the development of our Hidden Dimensions of Poverty educational resource app, ATD Ireland have also developed a ‘Poverty Aware Practice’ module in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin. We have also recently delivered this module an the Irish Association of Social Workers conference and hope to bring it to other groups in the future. This module is based on the Hidden dimensions of poverty international research and is led by ATD community activists with lived experience of poverty and socio – economic discrimination. The module is comprised of testimonies based on lived experience, group exercises, a presentation and an interactive discussion and Q&A with the class. The aim of these sessions was to provide trainee social workers with a more dynamic and holistic understanding of the lives and daily experiences of those who are experiencing poverty, people they will be working with in the future. Further these sessions are an important stepping stone in breaking barriers between groups who rarely have the chance to authentically engage with one another in this way.
“It was important to present [the module] at Trinity because it is a well renowned college not only in Ireland but across the world and where better to try and get the message that we are trying to convey across than on such a big platform.”- Community activist ATD Ireland