Calendar of Activities

We hope that a wide range of activities will be organised as part of Challenge Poverty Week. A number of national and local organisations have already commited to undertake actions. If your group is considering doing something and needs some ideas, check out the activities page

If you are organising an event please send us information as soon as possible to cpw@povertyalliance.org Please include:

  • The name of the event or activity
  • The date, time and place where it will take place
  • A short description of the event
  • The organisers contact details

Saturday 17 October 2015

Title: Closing the Inequality Gap

Venue: SNP Annual Conference Fringe Meeting, Aberdeen

Time: 12.30pm

Details: The lunchtime fringe event will look at what is need to address poverty and inequality in Scotland. Speakers include Alex Neil MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities & Pensioners Rights 

Organiser: Oxfam Scotland & the Poverty Alliance

Contact details: open to all delegates to the SNP Conference


Saturday 17 October 2015

Title: UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Venue: George Square, Glasgow

Time: 12noon-1pm

Details: Since 1992 on the 17th of October, people in poverty have gathered in Glasgow City Centre sharing their stories and experiences which are normally kept hidden.We will also be linking in with stories of those experiencing poverty in other parts of the UK and around the world. This will be a public event where people will be invited to pledge their commitment to the fight against poverty. There will be a series of 'let me tell you' from people in poverty, as well as music and singing.

Organiser: Bridging the Gap & Poverty Truth Commission

Contact details: open to all, just turn up at George Square


Monday 19 October 2015

Title:Let’s Discuss Poverty Blog

Details: Every day throughout Challenge Poverty Week different academics and researchers from throughout Scotland will present research findings and discuss the different ways of understanding or addressing poverty in Scotland. You can follow the blog at https://challengepoverty.wordpress.com/

Organiser: Academy of Government, University of Edinburgh

Contact: Hayley Bennett


Monday 19 October 2015

Title: Addressing Attitudes to Poverty

Venue: N.A.
 
Time: all week
 
Details: Wheatley Group will be running an internal campaign to support Challenge Poverty Week, connected to Glasgow’s Poverty Leadership Panel attitudes workstream. On Monday 19th we will launch online training for staff in relation to tackling the stigma of poverty.  There will also be a series of blogs and case studies shared with staff throughout the week.  
 
Organiser: Wheatley Group
 
Contact: Anne-Marie Kite

Monday 19 October 2015

Title: Welfare Change in Glasgow

Venue: Albany Centre, Glasgow

Time: 9.30am-3pm

Details: The event will be the final event in the Welfare Trackers project, a joint intiaitive between the Poverty Alliance, Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector and the Scottish Drugs Forum. This event will see the launch of the final report from the project, sharing key lessons and highlighting the up-coming challenges posed by further welfare change. The keynote address will be given by Councillor Frank McAveety

Organiser: The Poverty Alliance, Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector & Scottish Drugs Forum

Contact: To register for this event please click here


Monday 19 October 2015

Title: Tackling Poverty in Edinburgh

Venue: various
 
Time: all week
 
Details: The City of Edinburgh Council, having just signed up to the Stick Your Labels anti-stigma pledges, is keen to highlight its work on tackling poverty, and that of its partners, during Challenge Poverty Week 2015. There is a varied programme of events over the week, including Councillor visits to food poverty projects, the launch of the Edinburgh Equalities and Rights Network, Fairer Scotland conversations being run through third sector organisations, additional welfare advice sessions and staff events. The Lord Provost, as President of Edinburgh’s independent social justice charity, the OneCity Trust, will also visit Bridgend Inspiring Growth, a project grant-funded by a the Trust to tackle the impacts of poverty through learning, eating and exercise. It is hoped that these activities will raise awareness in the city, where one in five families are experiencing poverty right now.
 
Organiser: Edinburgh City Council
 
Contact: For more information, or to get involved, please contact Lousie Wright or Susan Shippey

Monday 19 October 2015

 

Title: Tackling Poverty in South Lanarkshire

Venue: various
 
Time: all week
 
Details: South Lanarkshire Council are marking Challenge Poverty Week by raising awareness of and support for the Stick Your Labels campaign. Councillor Jackie Burns Depute Council Leader and Chair of the Tackling Poverty and Inequality Partnership Board recently signed the Stick Your Labels Pledges on behalf of South Lanarkshire Council. In addition to this, actions will be taken during the week to raise staff awareness of poverty challenging some of the stereotypes and negative perceptions that exist, while also highlighting what is being done locally to tackle poverty. This will take the form of daily e mails sent to staff throughout week which will include key facts, personal testimonies and video links.  The benefits and impact of the awareness raising campaign will be assessed by a perceptions survey undertaken by staff week beginning the 29th of October. 
 
Organiser: South Lanarkshire Council
 
Contact:

Monday 19 October 2015

Title: Woodlands Community Garden Cafe - Nourishing A Community

Venue: Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, Glasgow, G4 9AJ
 
Time: 5.00pm - 7.30pm
 
Details: We offer an alternative approach to most food-banks, one which centres around a shared meal rather than dried food parcels. Our  food is freshly cooked, healthy and sourced locally, including ingredients grown at our community garden. Volunteers help prepare the meals and to run cookery demonstrations. The cafe is really welcoming and friendly; without any referral criteria, vouchers or limits on how often people can attend.  And the food is free!
 
Come along to the cafe to find out it all works, taste our delicious menu and chat to staff, volunteers and cafe users about why our different approach to tackling food poverty is nourishing a community.
 
Organiser: Woodlands Community Development Trust 
 
Contact details: Tim Cowan

Tuesday 20 October 2015

Title: From #BlackLivesMatter to Anti-Austerity: Practicing Intersectionality at the Grassroots

Venue: Paterson's Land 1.21, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh

Time: 12:45pm – 1:45pm

Details: This paper explores how grassroots activists operationalise intersectionality for equality and social justice. #BlackLivesMatter was founded by three Black Queer women after Trayvon Martin, an African American teenager, was ‘posthumously placed on trial for his own murder’ (Garza 2014). #BlackLivesMatter is not only a movement against the extra-judicial killings of Black Americans but also a ‘tactic to (re)build the Black Liberation Movement’ (ibid 2014). Across the Atlantic, anti-austerity protests have emerged as welfare states across Europe have been dramatically cut back in the aftermath of the 2008 economic crisis. Looking more closely at the composition of anti-austerity movements in Britain, it seems that women of colour are being excluded from the leadership of these movements and blocked from articulating intersectional analyses about the asymmetrical impact of the crisis and austerity on their lives (Emejulu and Bassel forthcoming 2015). Through a comparative analysis, this paper explores the articulation of grievances, solidarity and protest strategies of the #BlackLivesMatter and anti-austerity movements in America and Britain. In different but complementary ways,  women of colour activists are using intersectionality to assert their agency as active political agents and subvert their exclusions in America and Britain.

Organiser: Moray House of Education, University of Edinburgh

Contact: http://www.ed.ac.uk/education/rke/cross-institute-seminar-series


Tuesday 20 October 2015

Title: Raising Awareness of Poverty

Venue: Star project, Paisley

Details: During Challenge Poverty Week we will be creating an artwork with those who access the Star Project on the Tues, Wed and Thurs mornings.

Creating a shared artwork gives the opportunity to discuss poverty and what it looks like today, its impact and of course, solution find. It also facilitates the creation of something visual and attractive out of a dark subject, offering hope and optimism. All of this helps people feel supported and included, we well know that the barriers poverty throw up are damaging to individuals and communities. We will display the art work during the week and will share it via social media 
 

Organiser: The Star Project

Contact: Emma at the Star Project 0141 889 5850.


Tuesday 20 October 2015

Title: Tenant Information Session

Venue: QCHA @ Windsor Hall
 
Time: 10.00am-2.00pm 
 
Details: Queens Cross Housing Association is holding tenant information sessions as part of Challenge Poverty Week. The session will include three presentations: 11am Financial inclusion advisors will deliver information on the un-banked and welfare reform and what the service can offer. 12noon EPIC 360 will be presenting a Financial Capability session discussing in more detail help available for the un-banked. 1pm Our Community Development will be providing information on all the projects available through QCHA.
 
Organiser: Queens Cross Housing Association
 
Contact details: Christine Church CChurch@qcha.org.uk
 

Tuesday 20 October 2015

Title: Health Improvement Training

Details: The aim of this training is to provide an insight into fuel poverty and the impact this has on people’s health. Participants will find out how to identify a household in fuel poverty and how to signpost them for further help on a national and local level.  By the end of this course participants will have:

  • An increased understanding of the link between fuel poverty and health
  • Knowledge of the signs of fuel poverty
  • Awareness of the national and local support for fuel poor households
  • Confidence to refer service users to national and local agencies for further support.

Organiser: Fife Council, NHS Fife and Home Energy Scotland

Contact: For more information visit www.healthyfife.net


Tuesday 20 October 2015

Title: Fuel Poverty in Scotland

Venue: Online publication

Time: n.a.

Details: Scotland's campaigning fuel poverty charity will produce a new breifing publication outlining some of the key issues in fuel poverty, and what some of the solutions should are.

Organiser: Energy Action Scotland

Contact details: www.eas.org.uk


Wednesday 21 October 2015

Title: Tenant Information Session

Venue: QCHA @ Courtyard Café
 
Time: 10am-2pm
 
Details: Queens Cross Housing Association is holding tenant information sessions as part of Challenge Poverty Week. The session will include three presentations: 11am - EPIC 360 will be presenting a Financial Capability session discussing in more detail help available for the un-banked. 12noon - Our Community Development will be providing information on all the projects available through QCHA. 1pm - Financial inclusion advisors will deliver information on the un-banked and welfare reform and what the service can offer. 
 
Organiser: Queens Cross Housing Association
 
Contact details: Christine Church CChurch@qcha.org.uk
 

Wednesday 21 October 2015

Title: Raising Your Voice Against Poverty

Venue: Wester Hailes Library

Time: 10:30am

Details: Wester Hailes Digital Sentinel will be holding a chat with local people to tie in with Challenge Poverty Week on Wednesday 21st October at Wester Hailes Library from 10.30am. They want to speak to you and hear your thoughts and experiences.

Organiser: Wester Hailes Digital Sentinel

Contact: More details here


Wednesday 21 October 2015

Title: Getting to Grips with Social Justice: New Tax & Spending Powers

Venue: University of Stirling

Time: 12noon-2pm

Details: The Poverty Alliance has teamed up the Centre on Constitutional Change (CCC) at the University of Stirling to explore the role that new powers might play in the Social Justice Action Plan. The seminar will hear from Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance, who will speak about the Fairer Scotland discussion paper, highlighting some of the key issues in the paper. Professor David Bell and David Eiser will provide an overview of the powers being devolved and how they might be used. 

Organiser: Centre for Constitutional Change & the Poverty Alliance

Contact: To register click here


Thursday 22 October 2015

Title: Launch of Health Inequalities Report 

Venue: Unison, West Campbell Street, Glasgow

Time: 9am-11am

Details: This event will see the launch of the report on Health Inequalities which was commissioned by  the Scottish Labour Party and published by UNISON and the Socialist Health Association. Speakers at the launch include Alex Rowley MSP, Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, David Conway, Chair of the Socialist Health Association, Theresa Potter from Pennyburn Regeneration Youth Development Enterprise (Pryde) and Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance.

Organiser: Scottish Labour Party

Contact: Tommy Kane


Thursday 22 October 2015

Title: Community Development Approaches to Tackling Poverty

Venue: Scottish Community Development Centre, Suite 305, Baltic Chambers, 50 Wellington Street Glasgow, G2 6HJ

Time: 10am-12noon

Details: This event is part of work we are involved in with the Scottish Government to explore and highlight local authority approaches to tackling poverty and welfare reform.  Our role in the project is to focus on community development approaches and their contribution to the alleviation and mitigation of poverty, e.g. how community led organisations build community resilience and how communities can challenge and inform wider debates on poverty and inequality.  

There are three things we want to discuss in the session:
We would like to explore how community organisations understand and tackle poverty.
The development of case studies as part the wider work, 
Our framework for looking at community development in anti-poverty welfare terms.
 
Organiser: Scottish Community Development Centre
 
Contact: Andrew Paterson, andrew.paterson@scdc.org.uk, 0141 222 4837 or Robin Jamieson, robin.jamieson@scdc.org.uk, 0141 248 1964 

Thursday 22 October 2015

Title: Tenant Information Session

Venue: QCHA @ Dundasvale 
 
Time: 9am-1pm
 
Details: Queens Cross Housing Association is holding tenant information sessions as part of Challenge Poverty Week. The session will include three presentations: 10am Our Community Development will be providing information on all the projects available through QCHA.11am Financial inclusion advisors will deliver information on the un-banked and welfare reform and what the service can offer. 12pm EPIC 360 will be presenting a Financial Capability session discussing in more detail help available for the un-banked. 
 
Organiser: Queens Cross Housing Association
 
Contact details: Christine Church CChurch@qcha.org.uk

Thursday 22 October 2015

Title: Homeless in Glasgow : Learning from Refugees’ Experiences

Venue: Scottish Refugee Council, 5 Cadogan Square (170 Blythwood Court), Glasgow, G2 7PH

Time: 11am-12.30pm

Details: Each year at least 800 refugees are made homeless in Glasgow. This is because within 28 days of getting a ‘leave to remain’ decision, a refugee has to vacate the accommodation provided for them by the Home Office.

Most ‘new’ refugees believe their best option is to rent a house from the Council or a Housing Association. But to achieve that objective, a refugee has to ‘present as homeless’ at the Hamish Allan Centre and be accommodated in a hostel and/ or a temporary furnished flat until a permanent home becomes available – this can take months and in some cases years.
 

This discussion group has been organised so that Scottish Refugee Council can hear about and learn from the experiences of refugees who have been homeless in Glasgow.  This will help Scottish Refugee Council to gather and present evidence to local, devolved and national government about the need for change. The discussion group is aimed at refugees who have been homeless in Glasgow over the last two years.

Organiser: Scottish Refugee Council

Contact: To book your place contact Jamie Stewart, Housing Development Officer 0141 223 7930 jamie.stewart@scottishrefugeecouncil.org.uk


Thursday 22 October 2015

Title: Emergency Food Aid in Scotland

Venue: Specturm Centre, Inverness

Time: 1pm-4pm

Details: This will be the last in the series of networking sessions on food poverty in Scotland. These sessions are aimed at individuals and groups that are delivering emergency food aid in Scotland, whether at food banks, soup kitchens, community health projects. The sessions provide opportunities for networking and to engage in wider anti-poverty work. 

Organiser: The Poverty Alliance

Contact: To book your place click here


Thursday 22 October 2015

Title: Behaviour Change Training

Details: Home Energy Scotland’s Community Liaison Officer will be providing behaviour change training to staff and tenant volunteers from Berwickshire Housing Association to support tenants to reduce their energy use and save money on their energy bills.

Organiser: Berwickshire Housing Association & Home Energy Scotland

Contact: For details of similar training contact Dagmara Opilka at dagmara.opilka@se.homeenergyscotland.org


Thursday 22 October 2015

Title: 1st Annual Challenge Poverty Lecture

Venue: Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow

Time: 7pm-8.15pm

Details: Naomi Eisenstadt was appointed Independent Advisor in June 2015 and will give the first Challenge Poverty Lecture. In her lecture Naomi will outline some of the key tensions in anti-poverty strategies: reducing poverty now by increasing family incomes, or reducing the impact of poverty by services that ameliorate its scarring long term effects; should you concentrate on large groups of the marginally poor, or smaller groups who are characterised by multiple deprivation and complex problems. What policy levers are currently with the Scottish Government?

Organiser: The Poverty Alliance

Contact: To book your place visit the CCA website


Friday 23rd October 2015

Title: Healthier and Fairer Drumchapel Family Connection Fair

Time: 9.30am-1pm (including a buffet lunch)

Venue: St Andrews Church

Details: Light hearted fun and informative event to highlight services that are available in Drumchapel to support health, including financial health. We will have activities going on at the stalls which can amuse and engage children so adults can engage with the stalls. E.g. COPE will engage children in crafting while parents can gather information around wellbeing promotion, we will also have a wishing tree where children and parents can add their wish for a healthier and fairer community and how they can help support that, each person taking part will win a goodie  shopping bag.

Organiser: COPE Scotland

Contact: COPE Scotland


Friday 23rd October 2015

Title: West Lothian Poverty Busters

 
Venue: Carmondean Community Centre, Livingston
 
Time: 11am – 2pm
 
Details: West Lothian Poverty Busters is a drop in event created by the Can Do Project, a group of volunteers aged between 16 – 35 who have a disability and live in West Lothian. The group wanted to take part in Challenge Poverty week to make a stand against all aspects of poverty and the barriers that stop people with a disability living the life they choose to.
 
West Lothian Poverty Busters have brought together local groups and organisations that can offer advice, information and support in areas such as managing your money, health and well-being, access to further education and employment, disability rights and community opportunities.
 
There will also be an chance to share your thoughts and views on what is needed to live a good life for people affected by disability within West Lothian.
 
Organiser: Can Do Project, Disability West Lothian and Leonard Cheshire Disability.
Contact Details: Gillian Alexander gillian@dwl.demon.co.uk 01506 774030

Friday 23 October 2015

Title: Towards a Fairer Scotland: 6th Scottish Assembly for Tackling Poverty

Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
 

Time: 9am-4pm

Details: This year's Assembly, sponsored by the Scottish Government and NHS Health Scotland, will again provide an opportunity to discuss, debate and prioritise the actions we need to make a bigger impact on poverty in Scotland. A key focus will be feeding into the development of the Scottish Government's Social Justice Action Plan, due to be published in early 2016.    The Assembly will be a mix of inputs from a range of speakers and activists, with plenty of time for discussion and debate.

Organiser: The Poverty Alliance

Contact: To register for this event click here


Friday 23 October 2015

Title: Poverty Listening Event

Venue: Castlemilk Community Centre,121 Castlemilk Drive G45 9UG

Time: 2pm-4pm

Details: The event will involve participants meeting in three groups with each one assigned a topic; health, education and perceptions of poverty vis a vis asylum seekers/refugees and immigrants – what can we do to encourage/achieve integration? After the break out session each group shall report back and present their findings to a panel for a Q and A session. The panel guests are James Dornan MSP, Johanna Spiers, GCVS’s Welfare Reform Third Sector Co-ordinator and Allan Young from SCVO who is their Welfare Engagement Officer. James would like to hear the opinions and experiences from his constituents. The feedback from the groups will be used by James to highlight these views and experiences in Parliament. All are welcome and refreshments will be provided.

Organiser: James Dornan MSP

Contact: Richard Sullivan

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