Poverty Action Network

At the beginning of 2016 Marion formed the Poverty Action Network – a project designed to link together public representatives, organisations, churches, and charities from the community, who aim to combat poverty in the local area.

Regular meetings allow member organisations to share expertise, awareness, and knowledge, with the first meeting of PAN having been convened in March 2016.

The Poverty Action Network has went from strength to strength since, allowing closer ties and successfully facilitating working relationships between valuable community organisations and individuals.

On the launch of the Poverty Action Network, Marion said:

Poverty is a large challenge that we as a nation face and tackling it is at the forefront of the SNP’s agenda in Holyrood and Westminster. From London, I have voted against the Tory’s austerity agenda which has cut welfare and our public services forcing more people into unemployment and pushing others further into the poverty cycle. However, as well as fighting poverty in our parliaments, we must also fight it in our communities at a local level with local action. I know that Motherwell and Wishaw has a strong sense of community and loyalty to one another and I’m confident this will show as the group works to tackle poverty.

The Poverty Action Network involves the following member groups and individuals:

Marion Fellows MP

Food Bank

St Vincent De Paul

Lanarkshire Links


SAMH/ Expeerience Counts

Neighbourhood Networks

Made 4U in ML2

Citizens Advice Bureau (Motherwell and Wishaw)

Motherwell Baptist Church

SACRO (Motherwell)

Women’s Aid

Routes to Work

The National Lottery Community Fund

Christians Against Poverty (Wishaw)

The Haven

Lanarkshire Community Food and Health Partnership

Lanarkshire Disability Forum

Voice of Experience Forum

Alzheimer Scotland

Getting Better Together

NL Leisure

MFC Community Trust

FAMS (Families & Friends Against Murder & Suicide)

Chris’ House

Lanarkshire Cancer Care Trust

Community Care Scotland (Bumblebee Babies)

NL Carers Together

Active Bellshill

Orbiston Neighbourhood Centre

Centre Point (Forgewood & Gowkthrapple)

Befriend Motherwell

Generations Working Together

Wishaw Murdostoun Fortissat Community Forum

Wishaw South Parish Church

Miracle Foundation

Basics for Babies

One Parent Families

Welfare Rights

North Lan Partnership

Scottish Welfare Fund

NHS Lanarkshire

Police Scotland (Wishaw, Motherwell and Bellshill)

Clare Adamson MSP

Richard Lyle MSP

Club 365 – NLC

Social Security Scotland

Fool On


PDA Awareness Group

Autism Take 5

For website articles on the Poverty Action Network, click here.