Hartlepool campaign aims to put £1m back into your pockets

Hartlepool Action Lab members
Hartlepool Action Lab members

An organisation will launch an ambitious challenge to put £1 million back into Hartlepool’s people’s pockets.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation and partner agencies aims to help residents slash the cost of their food and energy bills and get all the financial support they are entitled to.

Over the course of the next year, the £1,000,000 Challenge aims to save people at least one million pounds.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is an independent organisation that works to inspire social change through research, policy and practice.

Hartlepool College of Further Education will play host for the £1,000,000 Challenge launch event on Monday, November 27.

People who live and work in Hartlepool, and local organisations, are warmly invited to attend the launch event between 3.30pm and 5pm to find out more about the challenge and how to get involved.

Richard Sorton, partnerships manager (communities), said: “The £1,000,000 Challenge is the product of a lot of hard work, planning and collaboration by people who want to make Hartlepool a better, more affordable place to live.

“The Challenge emerged from conversations with 200 people in Hartlepool over the summer, led by a dedicated team of community researchers.

“The high cost of food and energy and issues relating to welfare benefits cropped up a lot in the discussions.

“We then invited people from the local community and further afield to design solutions to these issues, at the Hartlepool Action Lab in October.

“The Challenge is the outcome of the Hartlepool Action Lab, and we look forward to working with people and organisations from across Hartlepool to meet the £1,000,000 target.”

Campbell Robb, The Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, will open the event.

It will be followed by a series of short presentations about how people from communities across Hartlepool can get involved in the challenge.

Members of the Hartlepool Action Lab which facilitate collaboration between local people and organisations to tackle poverty will also be at the event.

They will talk about the success of its projects including Poolie Time Exchange which connects people to fellow community members in need of low-level support; Housing Heroes, offering care leavers the opportunity to refurbish and live in vacant properties; and Stronger Neighbourhoods.

Anyone interested in getting involved in the challenge is encouraged to email organisers on hello@hartlepoolactionlab.org or by calling 07976 763656.