About us

‘A Hand-Up, not a Hand-Out’

The Cornwall Independent Poverty Forum (CIPF) was established in 1996 to tackle social exclusion.

We work to enable people to regain control of their lives and return to active life within society.  We work by learning about the issues around poverty and ill-health and by working at a local level to address these. Our motto is a ‘Hand-up not a Hand-out’.

Apart from the Christmas Catalogue, we have established Cold Weather Night Shelters for the homeless and also Night Stop for young people to help prevent their ending up on the street.  We are working closely with the Credit Union within Cornwall and are looking at other projects which can be brought into the County helping to bring safety, security and dignity into people’s lives.

The forum befriends by offering a helping hand and a listening ear and our main tools are companionship, constructive help and long-term support through the maze of officialdom.

Cornwall Independent Poverty Forum was set up to:

  • help and support those suffering who are most disadvantaged.
  • raise awareness of poverty issues, particularly issues of housing and homelessness, health and benefits, with the wider community, and with the voluntary and community sector organisations and statutory organisations, which provide services to those in most need.
  • lobby statutory organisations and politicians, to make positive changes to policies and strategies, that impact on those suffering poverty.

When we meet

We meet once a month on the first Monday of the month (except when this falls on a Bank Holiday when we move to the second Monday).  This is usually at the Samaritans Truro office, 19 Treyew Rd, Truro TR1 2BY, but please check with us first (click Contact us above).


Membership is free and everyone is welcome to join.  Please complete the membership form.

For further information and details of application contact Andrew Yates by calling 01872 274351 or email andrew.yates@truro.anglican.org