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 firstname.lastname@example.org Please include:
Venue: SNP Annual Conference Fringe Meeting, Aberdeen
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
Venue: George Square, Glasgow
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
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
Venue: Albany Centre, Glasgow
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
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
Tuesday 20 October 2015
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.
Organiser: The Star Project
Contact: Emma at the Star Project 0141 889 5850.
Tuesday 20 October 2015
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:
Organiser: Fife Council, NHS Fife and Home Energy Scotland
Contact: For more information visit www.healthyfife.net
Venue: Online publication
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
Title: Raising Your Voice Against Poverty
Venue: Wester Hailes Library
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
Venue: University of Stirling
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
Venue: Unison, West Campbell Street, Glasgow
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
Venue: Scottish Community Development Centre, Suite 305, Baltic Chambers, 50 Wellington Street Glasgow, G2 6HJ
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.
Venue: Scottish Refugee Council, 5 Cadogan Square (170 Blythwood Court), Glasgow, G2 7PH
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.
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 email@example.com
Venue: Specturm Centre, Inverness
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Venue: Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow
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
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
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
Venue: Castlemilk Community Centre,121 Castlemilk Drive G45 9UG
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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