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Poem: Gateshead Poverty Truth Commission, 1

Individual hardship, simultaneously isolated, silent suffering, services available, understanding insufficient, outcomes unhelpful, benefits sanctioned.

Join Commission: hard listening, shared learning, different situations, similar struggles, forming friendship, creating bonds, building confidence, memorable launch event.

Lockdown restrictions: continued zooming, additions: civic and business, stories told, listening hard, messages heard, stronger together, themes explored, decisions made, actions started, time constrained, we disband.

Good news.

Work continues, results assured, pledge releasing, lived experience embedding, ambition strong, legacy: Gateshead Poverty Truth Commission, 1.

PJ the Poet

Community Commissioner writing a poem for the end of Gateshead PTC

March 2022

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