People affected by poverty and trauma

Certain groups of people, because of who they are or where they live, are more likely to experience poverty, or trauma, or both.

Our rapidly changing world – along with the economic crisis in the wake of Covid-19 – will probably see more people across Scotland experiencing poverty and trauma in years to come.

It’s widely recognised that the circumstances of certain groups of people place them at greater risk of poverty, trauma, or both, and often for longer periods of time. These groups include:

  • Certain family groups
  • Women and girls
  • Those experiencing severe and multiple disadvantage
  • Older people
  • Those with disabilities
  • People from BAME backgrounds
  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • People living in certain geographical locations
  • Young people.

We are working to grow our understanding of how and why these different groups are affected by poverty and trauma, and we’re building on our long-standing relationships with organisations who support them.

We also offer funding for charities and community groups who work with these groups of people.

Through past partnerships we have built up particular experience of working with three specific groups, set out below. Have a look at the projects we have developed around these three groups:

Families and children

Certain family groups – including larger and single parent families, and those with care-experienced children – are more likely to face financial hardship and other challenges.

Related project: Each and Every Child

Severe and multiple disadvantage

Some people's experience of poverty can be entrenched because of other issues like acute mental health problems, problem use of drugs and alcohol, experiences of violence, homelessness or involvement in the criminal justice system. These complex and overlapping needs are often not fully met by the services which are often designed to support just one aspect of a person’s life and experiences.

Related project: Hard Edges Scotland 

Women and girls

Women and girls are generally at greater risk of poverty and relational trauma due to a number of societal factors. For example, women often have caring responsibilities within the household that limit their access to full-time and well-paid work. They're also more likely to take on childcare responsibilities in the event of family breakdown.

Related project: Women’s Centres 

Apply for funding

Does your organisation or project provide support for particular groups of people who are disproportionately affected by poverty and trauma?

If so, you might be eligible for funding from us. Applications open 30 Sept.