"People have been suppressed by poverty, and that is what this group is all about - the truth about what poverty is and what it does to people. Through this group we've learnt to raise up our heads, speak our truths and ask people to take note." - Jessie Harvey, Poverty Truth Commissioner.
It is not easy, financially or emotionally, for grandparents forced to take on the full-time care of their grandchildren. Jessie, whose son and partner were unable to bring up their child because of chaotic drug habits, has campaigned tirelessly to raise awareness of the issues affecting her grandson and her son. She established Kinship Care for the North over five years ago and has been nominated as an SCVO (Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations) 'charity champion'.