Poverty was one of the top three priorities identified by a community survey carried out by the Nelson Social Planning Action Network Society (SPAN) in 2013. Working to create a poverty reduction plan, SPAN recognised that poverty is a complex issue and can’t be solved by an individual, one group or a single agency. For a project such as this to be successful, commitment and involvement is required from all sectors of our community, including those with lived experience of poverty. As a result, a 12-person multi-sectoral Project Steering Committee has been formed to guide the direction of this project.
Over the past 6 months, 30 community conversations have been carried out with a range of community members and stakeholders. These conversations focused on identifying Nelson’s strengths, visioning what the city could look like in 2025, and beginning to ascertain the practical steps that will take us there.