What we want to achieve

There are four aims for the week:

  • to bring to public attention the reality of poverty in Scotland;
  • to the show the impact of poverty on individuals and communities and to address the sterotypes that exist about poverty;
  • to highlight what is being done to address poverty (particularly by communities themselves);
  • and to highlight the continuing challenges that we face in addressing poverty

​To achieve this organisations across Scotland will be organising events, running community activities, meeting with politicians to discuss their concerns.

Through all these focused activities we want to show that there is nothing inevitable about poverty. Not only are many people and organisations addressing poverty right now, but there is far more that we can do in the future to make a bigger impact. 

"So many families are now eating cold or microwave meals as they can't afford to use their cooker. Parents are starving themselves to allow their children to eat and so many who have had their benefits sanctioned are now living at the mercy of friends and family all because of the ruthless changes to our welfare system. Please join us for Challenge Poverty Week to help us STAMP out poverty"

Susan Archibald, anti-poverty activist and disability campaigner

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