TWO weeks ago Darren McGarvey, a member of the Poverty Truth Commission, was amongst the speakers at the launch of the STV 2012 Appeal at Edinburgh Castle.
First Minister Alex Salmond, Sir Tom Hunter and STV Chief Executive Rob
Woodward, Darren spoke of his own life of struggle but also about what he has
helped to achieve through the work of Volition – the music-based project
he has developed in Govan.
At the heart of his message was the fact that the
great and good can be determined to eradicate poverty but they will not succeed
until those who have direct experience of it are able to be part of the
solution and not blamed for the problem. It is changing the way that we do
things, and not charity, which will bring about real change.