Challenge Poverty Week

Upcoming Events

Past Events

Glasgow's Annual Homelessness Conference

Glasgow Homelessness Network

When - Tuesday, 03 October, 2017
Where - Glasgow

GHN’s annual conference is always a lively – and pivotal – event. With significant and exciting new developments emerging in Glasgow and across Scotland, this year again promises to be a worthwhile day of discussion and debate to end homelessness faster. By bringing together over 200 health and social care professionals, third sector services, housing providers, academics, activists and people with direct experience of homelessness – it is also a great opportunity to connect, to share and consider new knowledge and experiences.

Contact: info@ghn.org.uk

Challenge Poverty Week Information Session

Unite the Union Not for Profit Branch

When - Thursday, 05 October, 2017
Where - 46 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5ES.

As part of the Not for Profit Branch meeting, members will hear some information on poverty in Scotland and Challenge Poverty Week. The overall meeting will be themed around mental health.

Contact: imnicolson@hotmail.co.uk

Digital Soicety 2017: Digital solutions to reducing poverty and tackling inequality in Scotland

FutureScot

When - Thursday, 05 October, 2017
Where - The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, G1 3NU

Policy seminar discussing digital solutions to create social change. Looking at widening digital participation, up -skilling the nation with essential digital skills and the use of big data.

Contact: aileen@canongate.org

#StickYourLabels briefing sessions

South Lanarkshire Council & the Poverty Alliance

When - Friday, 06 October, 2017
Where - VASLAN office, 155 Montrose Cres, Hamilton ML3 6LQ

In anticipation of the mass Stick Your Labels pledge sign up on the 20th of October, Rachel Thomson from the Poverty Alliance will be conducting two Stick Your Labels briefing sessions to organisations that are about to sign up. The briefing sessions will look at poverty in Scotland, the importance of language and how organisations can meet the Stick Your Labels pledge.

Contact: Anne.Hopkins-Simpson@southlanarkshire.gcsx.gov.uk

The Community Hub

Inverkeithing Community Hub

When - Wednesday, 11 October, 2017
Where - Ballast Ban, Preston Crescent, Inverkeithing, Fife, KY11 1DS

Drop-in session

Contact: jo.ross@fife.gov.uk

Stories From The Edge

Church Action on Poverty

When - Thursday, 12 October, 2017
Where - Conforti Institute Calder Avenue Coatbridge ML5 4JS

Faith communities in post-industrial towns across Scotland are delivering social action to tackle the effects of poverty and to try to create a Good Society. Many of these projects are dealing with ever-growing need and are stretched thin. Everyone is aware of the effects of poverty in big cities, but less attention is paid to the towns which were the heartlands of manufacturing industry. This conference creates a space where ‘faith-inspired social activists’ from those towns can come together to: share stories, critical reflection, explore existing aspects of what makes a Good Society locally and nationally, share visions of a Good Society in Scotland from the perspective of post-industrial towns, identify the support required from the wider faith community and organisations, civil and civic society to make these visions real, shifting the thinking about what constitutes 'the edge' and what a Good Society looks like from that perspective

Free Cookery Class

Renfrewshire Council

When - Thursday, 12 October, 2017
Where - The Tannahill Centre, Paisley

Cookery class making healthy smoothies

Contact: diane.dunn@renfrewshire.gov.uk

CPW university research blog

University of Edinburgh

When - Sunday, 15 October, 2017
Where - Online

A blog seeking and sharing blog pieces from scholars, researchers, etc on poverty and inequality

Contact: hayley.bennett@ed.ac.uk

Blog - Aileen O'Hagan

Canongate Communications

When - Sunday, 15 October, 2017
Where - Online

As part of Challenge Poverty Week, Aileen O'Hagan will be writing a blog on poverty and creating social change through digital means.

Contact: aileen@canongate.org

EAPN Thunderclap

European Anti Poverty Network

When - Sunday, 15 October, 2017
Where - Online

EAPN will be carrying out an online Thunderclap to raise awareness of poverty across Europe.

Contact: communication@eapn.eu

Global Emails

South Lanarkshire Council

When - Sunday, 15 October, 2017
Where - South Lanarkshire Council

South Lanarkshire Council's multi agency Poverty Awareness and Challenging Stigma Group will be sending out a series of Global Emails to all of their staff (along with the staff of local public bodies and community and voluntary sector organisations) about the reality of poverty in Scotland and how we all have a role to play in solving it.

Contact: anne.hopkins-simpson@southlanarkshire.gcsx.gov.uk

Blog - The time is now: Recognising and responding to racial discrimination in the world of work

Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights

When - Sunday, 15 October, 2017
Where - https://povertyalliance.wordpress.com

A blog discussing the challenges faced by Black and Minority Ethnic people in Scotland in the world of work.

Contact: rebecca@crer.org.uk

Inverclyde Lunch for less and Feed a Child Challenge

Inverclyde HSCP

When - Sunday, 15 October, 2017
Where - Inverclyde

In order to highlight poverty in Inverclyde we are asking people to take up the following challenge: Lunch for less and feed a child. Spend Less than a £1 each day for you lunch. Try and make your lunch for a £1 each day and donate the money you would usually spend on one day or the week to a Children’s Charity.

Contact: Catherine.Tearne@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

Radio Discussion

Fife Gingerbread

When - Sunday, 15 October, 2017
Where - Kingdom FM

Rhona Cunningham from Fife Gingerbread will be speaking to Kingdom FM about solving poverty as part of Challenge Poverty Week.

Contact: rhona@fifegingerbread.org.uk

Community Gardening

Urban Roots

When - Monday, 16 October, 2017
Where - Moogety Garden, Uist St/Nimmo Drive, Govan

Moogety Garden is a community garden situated at the corner of Uist St/Nimmo Drive, Govan. It is open to the community at all times, for your enjoyment. A gardener is present on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 12-4pm. He is happy to advise you how to help if you want to get involved with growing and tending the garden. There are also raised beds available, which you can apply to use to grow your own vegetables. We also run ‘Grow your own’ courses where you can learn how to grow vegetables, both indoors and outdoors.

Contact: Anne@urbanroots.org.uk

Challenge Poverty Week Podcast

Engender

When - Monday, 16 October, 2017
Where - Online

As part of Challenge Poverty Week, Engender have created a podcast which will focus on the weeks three key messages.

Contact: alys.mumford@engender.org.uk

Challenge Poverty Week Drop in Cafe

Cumbernauld Drop IN Cafe

When - Monday, 16 October, 2017
Where - Cornerstone House Centre, 1 ESK Walk, Town Centre CUMBERNAULD G67 1BZ

As part of Challenge Poverty Week, the Drop IN Cafe in Cumbernauld will be encouraging attendees to discuss solutions to poverty.

Contact: Rona

Highlighting welfare support available in Inverclyde

Financial Fitness

When - Monday, 16 October, 2017
Where - 29 W Stewart St, Greenock, PA15 1SH

Ronnie Cowan MP will be visiting Financial Fitness to highlight what welfare support is available to people in Inverclyde

Contact: iain.fraser@parliament.uk

Challenge Poverty Week Prayers

SCPO and Church of Scotland

When - Monday, 16 October, 2017
Where - Churches across Scotland

The Church of Scotland and SCPO have created a short prayer resource for churches across Scotland to use as part of Challenge Poverty Week. There will be a different prayer for each day of the week that churches will be using that will centre around solving poverty. The resource can be found here: http://www.scpo.scot/challenge-poverty-week-2017/.

Contact: irene.mackinnon@scpo.scot

Tackling Poverty in Dumfries and Galloway Conference

Dumfries and Galloway Council

When - Monday, 16 October, 2017
Where - Easterbrook Hall, Crichton Campus

Awareness raising conference

Contact: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk

“Aye We Can” Challenge Poverty Conference

North Ayrshire Council

When - Monday, 16 October, 2017
Where - TBC

North Ayrshire Council will be holding a conference called Aye We Can Challenge Poverty. It will have around 100 guests which will be a mix of people from the third sector, elected representatives and council staff.

Contact: MariaShields@north-ayrshire.gov.uk

Why Attitudes to Poverty Matter: What the Evidence Says

Kayleigh Garthwaite (University of Birmingham), Ruth Patrick (University of Liverpool) and Hayley Bennett (University of Edinburgh)

When - Monday, 16 October, 2017
Where - Scottish Government, Edinburgh

To contribute to Challenge Poverty Week, this policy seminar explores how and in what ways we can use evidence to challenge stereotypes and address poverty. The aim of the session is to bring together a range of Scottish Government policymakers, third sector actors, and academic researchers working on poverty. By doing so, the session seeks to forge new networks, create opportunities for future collaborations, and consider how academics and third sector researchers can most effectively communicate their research findings on poverty and ‘welfare’ to policy makers and other stakeholders (including the public). Chaired by Eve Livingston (a journalist and writer primarily covering social issues, politics and inequalities), the programme would feature a panel of research presentations covering issues such as food poverty, youth opportunities, experiences of welfare reform, and the design of anti-poverty policies, a round table discussion, and reflections from Scottish Government. Outputs from the event include a co-produced blog and a publicly accessible short report capturing key messages from the event. We will circulate these outputs widely through the Social Policy Association website, Poverty Alliance, JRF, and the What Works Scotland newsletter and website.

Contact: Hayley.Bennett@ed.ac.uk

Presentation on poverty issues to Glasgow City College student support staff

GCC Tackling Poverty

When - Monday, 16 October, 2017
Where - City College, Glasgow

The College administartor has asked me to do a presentation to her staff around poverty issues that some of their students may be experiencing. This will give her team an insight into some of the services and support available to her students and hopefully change the mindset of her team.

Contact: gerry.quinn@glasgow.gov.uk

World Food Day: The Politics of our Food System

Nourish Scotland

When - Monday, 16 October, 2017
Where - Conference Room, University of Edinburgh Business School

The Sustainable Development Goals and the Right to Food are international frameworks which link up food system issues and outline ambitions for everyone to eat well today, and into the future. Join panellists to hear how in a world of household food insecurity and diet-related illness, where food contributes significantly to our greenhouse gas emissions, and is responsible for species extinction and the decline of ecosystems, we can use international frameworks to shape a fairer and more sustainable food system.

Contact: elli@nourishscotland.org.uk

Food Bank Drive

Easterhouse Housing and Regeneration Alliance

When - Monday, 16 October, 2017
Where - All Community Based Housing Association offices in Easterhouse.

Collection of donations for North East food bank

Contact: patricia@provanhallha.org.uk

Local Energy Advice Forum Roadshow

North Ayrshire Council

When - Monday, 16 October, 2017
Where - Bridgegate House

From 12 noon until 2.30pm on the Monday of Challenge Poverty Week North Ayrshire Council will have drop in stalls with staff on-hand from the Council’s Sustainability team, North Ayrshire Tenant Participation team, Home Energy Scotland, Public Health’s Hospital Links Practitioner, Scottish Fire & Rescue and our Participation and Empowerment Team featuring the canny cooker demonstration and can cook sessions. Open the everyone.

Launch of Better Off North Ayrshire

Better Off North Ayrshire

When - Monday, 16 October, 2017
Where - Playz, Pennyburn

Better Off North Ayrshire will be hosting a visit from the Lord Provost and others at 3pm on the Monday of Challenge Poverty Week to tour the facility, meet with staff, service users, local partners and agencies.

Priority Areas - Good Places to Be

Priority Areas Team, Church of Scotland

When - Monday, 16 October, 2017
Where - Priority Areas offices, Church of Scotland, Ministries Counci, 759a Argyle Street, Glasgow G3 8DS

This is a week of social media activity linking stories of Priority Areas and the great work that is taking place to challenge the effects of poverty

Contact: ndornan@churchofscotland.org.uk

Volunteering at Renfrewshire Foodbank

Renfrewshire Council

When - Monday, 16 October, 2017
Where - Paisley Foodbank

Provost Lorraine Cameron will be volunteering at the Foodbank in Erskine.

Contact: diane.dunn@renfrewshire.gov.uk

Energy Advice

Renfrewshire Council

When - Monday, 16 October, 2017
Where - Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street, Paisley, Atrium

Our partner LEAP and our in house Energy Advice team will be on hand to provide valuable advice on how to save money and energy to our staff at Renfrewshire House.

Contact: diane.dunn@renfrewshire.gov.uk

Workshop on Poverty and Disadvantage Factors that affect children and young people in Orkney

Orkney Childcare and Young People's Partnership

When - Monday, 16 October, 2017
Where - Kirkwall Town Hall Supper Room

Join us for a short, focussed session to capture your input on what poverty and disadvantage means for young folk growing up in Orkney; what’s working well; and what could be improved in the future.

Contact: naomi@eylandskyn.co.uk

Disgusting Digestion

Renfrewshire Council

When - Monday, 16 October, 2017
Where - St Benedicts High School

Glasgow’s Science Centre will deliver a show for our P1-P4 pupils attending Families First clubs throughout the October school break.

Contact: janyce.graham@renfrewshire.gov.uk

Challenge Poverty Week Community Meal

The Broomhouse Centre

When - Monday, 16 October, 2017
Where - 79-89 Broomhouse Cres, Edinburgh EH11 3RH

The Broomhouse Centre & Enterprises are hosting a Challenge Poverty Week free two course hot community meal, serve between 4-6pm in the Broomhouse Centre.

Contact: cafeproject@broomhousecentre.org.uk

What Is Poverty In Scotland? Briefing Session

RegenFX

When - Monday, 16 October, 2017
Where - Hamilton

RegenFX Youth Trust's young people will be taking part in a briefing session called, "What Is Poverty In Scotland?" on the Monday of Challenge Poverty Week.

Contact: tabby@regenfxyouthtrust.org

Brew & Blether Event

Loreburn Housing Association and Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership

When - Monday, 16 October, 2017
Where - Drummore Church Hall, Stair Street, Drummore

Drop - In for a Brew and Blether with support staff from two of the largest Housing Associations in Dumfries and Galloway to find out more about the support services which both organisations offer.

Contact: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk

Transport and Poverty

Sustrans

When - Monday, 16 October, 2017
Where - not applicable

Sustrans, the national cycling and walking charity, is releasing a new report highlighting some of the potential solutions to 'transport poverty'

Contact: Claire.Daly@sustrans.org.uk

Lone Parent Employability Advice

Cranhill Development Trust

When - Monday, 16 October, 2017
Where - 109 Bellrock Street, Cranhill, G33 3HE

Cranhill Development Trust are hosting a CPW themed Lone Parent Employability Advice session 9am-12pm.

Contact: info@cranhill.org.uk

October Week Playscheme

Cranhill Development Trust

When - Monday, 16 October, 2017
Where - 109 Bellrock Street, Cranhill, G33 3HE

Cranhill Development Trust are hosting a Challenge Poverty Week themed children's October Week Playscheme. 10.30am, 12.0pm and 1-3pm!

Contact: info@cranhill.org.uk

Researching Poverty methods discussions (TBC)

University of Edinburgh

When - Tuesday, 17 October, 2017
Where - University of Edinburgh

Seminar at University of Edinburgh discussing participatory approaches for research poverty and inequality

Contact: hayley.bennett@ed.ac.uk

I, Daniel Blake Screening & Poverty Panel

Highland Perthshire CAP Debt Centre

When - Tuesday, 17 October, 2017
Where - Birks Cinema, 1 Dunkeld Street, Aberfeldy PH15 2DA

There will be a special screening at 3:30pm of the film

Contact: pamelathomson@capuk.org

Community Festival

NG Homes

When - Tuesday, 17 October, 2017
Where - 65 Stonyhurst Street, Possilpark

From 12-3pm on Tuesday the 17th of October, NG Homes will be hosting a Community Festival to mark Challenge Poverty Week. The event will feature arts and crafts, face painting, smoothie bike, snacks, food workshops, information stands and much more.

Blog - People in Place programme

Corra Foundation

When - Tuesday, 17 October, 2017
Where - Online

The Corra Foundation will publish a blog during the week that shares insights from the People in Place programme.

Contact: Shelley@corra.scot

Community Breakfast

Sanctuary Group

When - Tuesday, 17 October, 2017
Where - 160 Peat Road, G53 6DE

Contact: Anthony.Morrow@sanctuary-housing.co.uk

SCOWR Meeting

Scottish Campaign on Welfare Reform

When - Tuesday, 17 October, 2017
Where - TBC

The Scottish Campaign on Welfare Reform will be having a Challenge Poverty Week themed meeting to discuss poverty in the context of the social security system.

Contact: scowr@outlook.com

Blog - Paul Bradley

SCVO - Open Government

When - Tuesday, 17 October, 2017
Where - Online

As SCVO’s policy officer for their Open Government project, Paul Bradley will be writing about how good governance, open government and changing the cultures where decisions are made can tackle poverty.

Contact: paul.bradley@scvo.org.uk

PLP Community Activist Panel stall

GCC PLP

When - Tuesday, 17 October, 2017
Where - Mitchell Library

Members of the CAP will be hosting a stall at the Mitchell Library, offering visitors an opportunity to discuss being a volunteer with CAP and any poverty related issues

Contact: gerry.quinn@glasgow.gov.uk

Challenge Poverty Week Themed Surgery

Cllr Jordan Linden

When - Tuesday, 17 October, 2017
Where - Fallside Neighbourhood Centre

Cllr Jordan Linden from Ward 15 Bellshill will host a Challenge Poverty Week themed surgery on the 17th of October at 6.30pm.

Contact: LindenJ@northlan.gov.uk

Challenge Poverty Week Information Day

Cranhill Development Trust

When - Tuesday, 17 October, 2017
Where - 109 Bellrock Street, Cranhill, G33 3HE

Cranhill Development Trust will be hosting a Challenge Poverty Week Information Day featuring stalls and advice from The Poverty Alliance, G-Heat, Citizens Advice Bureau and Home Energy Scotland. At the event there will be information, discussion and workshops and it will run from 10am-12pm.

Contact: 0141 774 3344

Visit to DrumHub

DrumHub

When - Tuesday, 17 October, 2017
Where - Church on the Hill, Drumchapel Baptist Church, 25 Fosswell Place, Drumchapel, G15 8JL.

During 11am-3pm, local Glasgow City Councillor Elspeth Kerr will be paying a visit to DrumHub. Drumhub is a charity that’s aim is to mitigate loneliness. They meet on a Tuesday and now also starting this week they will be meeting on a Thursday too. Everyone is welcome and there are a choice of things to do including knitting, singing and doing various arts and crafts. At lunchtime everyone is provided with a bowl of homemade soup and some bread or rolls. It runs from 11 till 3 at the Church on the Hill, Drumchapel Baptist Church, 25 Fosswell Place, Drumchapel, G15 8JL. This charity is also about signposting people to the services in Drumchapel.

Contact: Elspeth.Kerr@glasgow.gov.uk

Visit to DrumHub

DrumHub

When - Tuesday, 17 October, 2017
Where - Church on the Hill, Drumchapel Baptist Church, 25 Fosswell Place, Drumchapel, G15 8JL.

During 11am-3pm, local Glasgow City Councillor Elspeth Kerr will be paying a visit to DrumHub. Drumhub is a charity that’s aim is to mitigate loneliness. They meet on a Tuesday and now also starting this week they will be meeting on a Thursday too. Everyone is welcome and there are a choice of things to do including knitting, singing and doing various arts and crafts. At lunchtime everyone is provided with a bowl of homemade soup and some bread or rolls. It runs from 11 till 3 at the Church on the Hill, Drumchapel Baptist Church, 25 Fosswell Place, Drumchapel, G15 8JL. This charity is also about signposting people to the services in Drumchapel.

Contact: Elspeth.Kerr@glasgow.gov.uk

Supporter Engagement Tool Release

Oxfam Scotland

When - Tuesday, 17 October, 2017
Where - Online

Oxfam Scotland will release a Supporter Engagement Tool which will enable people to see where they sit on Scotland's income spectrum.

Contact: RLozza1@oxfam.org.uk

Sustainable Development Goals and Poverty – What Can Scotland Do? Blog

SCVO - Open Government Pioneers Project

When - Tuesday, 17 October, 2017
Where - Online

During Challenge Poverty Week, SCVO's Open Government Pioneers Project will be publishing a blog about poverty, hunger and the Sustainable Development Goals by Rachel Thomson, Campaigns & Policy Assistant at the Poverty Alliance.

Contact: paul.bradley@scvo.org.uk

Help & Advice with Victim Support

North Ayrshire Council & Victim Support

When - Tuesday, 17 October, 2017
Where - Bridgegate House

As part of Challenge Poverty Week, North Ayrshire Council will be hosting a Help & Advice Session with Victim Support at Bridgegate House, Irvine.

Contact: MariaShields@north-ayrshire.gov.uk

Better Off North Ayrshire Roadshow at Rivergate Mall, Irvine

Better Off North Ayrshire

When - Tuesday, 17 October, 2017
Where - Rivergate Mall, Irvine

Better Off North Ayrshire will be hosting a Roadshow at Rivergate Mall, Irvine from 11.30-2pm.

Contact: MariaShields@north-ayrshire.gov.uk

Better Off North Ayrshire Roadshow at Asda, Ardrossan

Better Off North Ayrshire

When - Tuesday, 17 October, 2017
Where - Asda, Ardrossan

Better Off North Ayrshire will be hosting a Roadshow at Asda, Ardrossan from 11.30-2pm.

Contact: MariaShields@north-ayrshire.gov.uk

Wigtownshire Women's Aid Drop In

Wigtownshire Women's Aid

When - Tuesday, 17 October, 2017
Where - 22 Bellevilla Road, Stranraer, DG9 8ED

Drop In to view the services offered to support victims of domestic abuse

Contact: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk

Supported Group Activities Drop In

Mossburn Animal Sanctuary

When - Tuesday, 17 October, 2017
Where - Mossburn Community Farm, Hightae, Lockerbie, DG11 1LE

This unique Animal Sanctuary offers specialist support classes to adults and young people to help them back into employment.

Contact: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk

Drop In to The Hub to view all of the activities which this organisation offers to help people escape from poverty.

The Hub, Dumfries and Galloway

When - Tuesday, 17 October, 2017
Where - The Hub, Friars Vennel, Dumfries, DG1 2RL

Overview of the Winter Warmth Project, Online Digital Support Services and the Solway Credit Union

Contact: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk

Drop In to Dalbeattie Men's Shed

Dalbeattie Men's Shed

When - Tuesday, 17 October, 2017
Where - Dalbeattie Men's Shed, Unit 8, Castleworks Trading Estate, Edingham Estate, Dalbeattie, DG5 4NA

Drop-In to get an overview of the Men's Shed which offers support services within the Dalbeattie area. 10:00am - 12:00

Contact: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk

Tackling Poverty Reference Group Participatory Budget Training

Tackling Poverty Reference Group

When - Tuesday, 17 October, 2017
Where - Lecture Theatre, Garroch, Cargen Towers, Garroch Loaning, Dumfries, DG2 8PN

Specialist Training on Participatory Budgeting for members of the Tackling Poverty Reference Group by Alan Budge, Expert Adviser

Contact: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk

Tour of the new Recycling Facility

The Furniture Project Stranraer

When - Tuesday, 17 October, 2017
Where - Blackparks Industrial Estate, Stranraer, DG9 7UE

Drop-In for a Tour of the new Recycling Facility which the organisation is due to open shortly 10:00am - 4:00pm

Contact: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk

Dumfries Befriending Project Drop-In

Dumfries Befriending Project

When - Tuesday, 17 October, 2017
Where - 19 Bank Street, Dumfries, DG1 2NX

Drop In to view the services offered by this support project.

Contact: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk

Clothes Upcycling Workshop

Cranhill Development Trust

When - Tuesday, 17 October, 2017
Where - 109 Bellrock Street, Cranhill, G33 3HE

Cranhill Development Trust are hosting a Clothes Upcycling Workshop from 10am-12pm as part of Challenge Poverty Week.

Contact: info@cranhill.org.uk

Recipe and Smoothie Demonstrations

Cranhill Development Trust

When - Tuesday, 17 October, 2017
Where - 109 Bellrock Street, Cranhill, G33 3HE

Cranhill Development Trust are hosting a Challenge Poverty Week themed Recipes and Smoothie Demonstration, 10am-12pm.

Contact: info@cranhill.org.uk

Challenging Poverty in Pollock Stall

Pollock Health Centre

When - Wednesday, 18 October, 2017
Where - Pollock Health Centre, 21 Cowglen Rd, Glasgow Metropolitan Area G53 6EQ

As part of Challenge Poverty Week, there will be a Challenging Poverty in Pollock themed stall at Pollock Health Centre from 9-12.30. At the stall there will be advisers from Shelter Healthy Finances and Epic 360 to chat to people about social security and any money problems that people may have.

Contact: gerard.mitchell@alliance-scotland.org.uk

Petition - End the Benefit Freeze

The Poverty Alliance

When - Wednesday, 18 October, 2017
Where - Online

The Poverty Alliance has created a petition to end the benefit freeze as part of Challenge Poverty Week. We encourage everyone to sign up to it.

Contact: rachel.thomson@povertyalliance.org

Social media and web activity

Glasgow Centre for Population Health

When - Wednesday, 18 October, 2017
Where - G40 2QH

Supporting the campaign by tweeting, retweeting and featuring it on our website.

Contact: sheena.fletcher@glasgow.ac.uk

Young Women's Movement - Social Media Takeover

Young Women's Movement

When - Wednesday, 18 October, 2017
Where - Instagram: youngwomenscot, Twitter: youngwomenscot

As part of Challenge Poverty Week, the Young Women's Movement will be highlighting great work being done to tackle poverty during the week with a Social Media Takeover. Using Instagram stories, Twitter and Facebook a young woman from the organisation will be showcasing Challenge Poverty Week activities through the eyes of a young woman in Scotland.

Contact: Jemma@ywcascotland.org

I, Daniel Blake Screening

The STAR Project

When - Wednesday, 18 October, 2017
Where - 12-14 Wallace St, Paisley, PA3 2BU

At 1pm on the 18th of October the STAR Project in Paisley will be hosting a screening of 'I, Daniel Blake' and will host a discussion afterwards.

Contact: enquiries@star-project.org.uk

Sanctions Booklet Launch

Cope Scotland

When - Wednesday, 18 October, 2017
Where - Online, also hard copies available which shall be shared at the Poverty Alliance Conference 2017 and by contacting info@cope-scotland.org or from www.cope-scotland.org

On the Wednesday of Challenge Poverty Week, we are launching a booklet based around what to do if you have been sanctioned. The booklet will contain practical advice for claimants who have been sanctioned as well as appeal letters that can be sent.

Contact: hilda@cope-scotland.org

CPW Blogs

The Wheatley Group

When - Wednesday, 18 October, 2017
Where - Online

Throughout the week, The Wheatley Group will be publishing a series of blogs related to Challenge Poverty Week as well as relevant social media content.

Contact: AnneMarie.Kite@wheatley-group.com

Housing Support Team Drop-In at Bridgegate House

North Ayrshire Council

When - Wednesday, 18 October, 2017
Where - Bridgegate House

North Ayreshire Council will host a Challenge Poverty Week themed Housing Support Team Drop-In at Bridgegate House from 11.30-2pm.

Contact: MariaShields@north-ayrshire.gov.uk

Challenge Poverty Week Video

Glasgow City Council

When - Wednesday, 18 October, 2017
Where - Online

Margaret Gilmour from Glasgow City Council has created a short video resource on Challenge Poverty Week which will be posted online during Challenge Poverty Week for sharing across social media channels.

Contact: Margaret.Gilmour@glasgow.gov.uk

Blog - Monica Lennon MSP

Monica Lennon MSP

When - Wednesday, 18 October, 2017
Where - Online

Monica Lennon MSP will be publishing a blog on about the work she’s been doing to improve access to sanitary products and talk about the impact and experiences she's witnessed locally at foodbanks from those who are struggling.

Contact: Kirsty-Louise.Hunt@parliament.scot

Action for Children Project Drop-In

Action for Children Project

When - Wednesday, 18 October, 2017
Where - Kirkfield, Greystone Avenue, Kelloholm, Sanquhar, DG4 6RB

Drop-In to view the support services for families and young children from 10:00am - 12:00

Contact: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk

Presentation on the Homelessness, Revenues and Benefits Project Teams

Dumfries and Galloway Council Revenues, Benefits & Homelessness Services

When - Wednesday, 18 October, 2017
Where - Carruthers House, English Street, Dumfries, DG1 2HP

Presentation on the specialist services which give dedicated support to families and individuals on a wide range of issues between 10:00am - 11:00am.

Contact: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk

Free Digital Learners Classes

Castle Douglas IT Centre

When - Wednesday, 18 October, 2017
Where - Castle Douglas IT Centre, Castle Douglas Community Centre, 25 Cotton Street, Castle Douglas, DG7 1AJ

Co-ordinated by Dumfries and Galloway Council, Drop-In to view the facilities and classes which are currently on offer to anyone wishing support to develop their digital learning skills.

Contact: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk

Loreburn Fuel Poverty Week Drop-In Support Project 10:00am - 11:30am

Loreburn Housing Association

When - Wednesday, 18 October, 2017
Where - Loreburn Housing Association, 27-29 Hanover Street, Stranraer, DG9 7HZ

Loreburn Housing Association have recently opened a new Digital Support Service for anyone in need of support to access Digital Services.

Contact: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk

Drop-In to Aberlour Outreach Services 10:00am - 11:00am

Aberlour Outreach Services

When - Wednesday, 18 October, 2017
Where - 26 Church Street, Annan, DG12 6DT

Drop-In to find out more about this support service for families and children which operates in the Stewartry, Nothsdale and Annandale and Eskdale areas of Dumfries and Galloway.

Contact: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk

Drop-In to the First Base Agency 11:00am - 12:00

The First Base Agency

When - Wednesday, 18 October, 2017
Where - 6 Buccleuch Street, Dumfries, DG1 2AH

Co-ordinated by Dumfries and Galloway Council, Drop-In to receive an overview of all of the support activities which the First Base Agency Offers to anyone in need. Support includes Food Parcels, Sign-posting plus additional essential support.

Contact: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk

Drop-In to Rhins Basics Bank, 10:30am - 12:30

The Rhins Basics Bank

When - Wednesday, 18 October, 2017
Where - The Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer, DG9 7AP

The Rhins Basics Bank offers Food Bank Parcels and signposting services to those in need within the Wigtownshire area of Dumfries and Galloway.

Contact: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk

Drop-In to the Bethany Christian Trust

The Bethany Christian Trust

When - Wednesday, 18 October, 2017
Where - 36 Whitesands, Dumfries, DG1 2RS

Drop-In for a tour of the facilities, meet staff and clients and hear about how the Trust helps people and families in urgent need.

Contact: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk

APEX Foodbank Drop-In, 12:00 - 1:00pm

APEX Scotland

When - Wednesday, 18 October, 2017
Where - APEX Foodbank, 77-79 Friars Vennel, Dumfries, DG1 2RF

Drop In for a tour of project which offers a large number of support services to anyone in need of a range of support mechanisms including foodbank services.

Contact: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk

The Friendship Club, Whithorn

The Friendship Club

When - Wednesday, 18 October, 2017
Where - Whithorn Community Centre, Castlehill, Whithorn, Newton Stewart, DG8 8PN

Drop-In to the Friendship Club which offers support, companionship and signposting to a variety of different services for people in poverty.

Contact: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk

Nithsdale Furniture Project (Restore) Drop In, 1pm - 3pm

Nithsdale Furniture Project (Restore)

When - Wednesday, 18 October, 2017
Where - Lochside Enterprise Workshops, Shirley Road, Dumfries, DG2 0ED

Drop-In to view the Social Isolation Group Workshop which supports people who are experiencing various forms of poverty.

Contact: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk

SHAX Homemaking with the Homeless Project 2:30pm - 4:00pm

SHAX

When - Wednesday, 18 October, 2017
Where - The Crichton Campus, Merrick House, Bankend Road, Dumfries, DG1 4TA

Specialist project to support people in need to help and support them in a wide variety of ways to help them in their homes and tenancies.

Contact: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk

Poor Kids - screening + discussion

Shetland Arts/Shetland Islands Council

When - Wednesday, 18 October, 2017
Where - Mareel, Lerwick, Shetland ZE1 0WQ

Organised by Sheltland Arts/Shetland Islands Council there will be a screening of BBC documentary Poor Kids (2011) plus a panel discussion.

Contact: jenny.leask@shetlandarts.org

October Week Playscheme

Cranhill Development Trust

When - Wednesday, 18 October, 2017
Where - 109 Bellrock Street, Cranhill, G33 3HE

Cranhill Development Trust are hosting a Challenge Poverty Week themed children's October Week Playscheme. 10.30am, 12.0pm and 1-3pm!

Contact: info@cranhill.org.uk

Cranhill Wild Walkers

Cranhill Development Trust

When - Wednesday, 18 October, 2017
Where - 109 Bellrock Street, Cranhill, G33 3HE

There will be a special Challenge Poverty Week session of "Cranhill Wild Walkers". They sometimes travel by bus to their nearby local walking route, e.g. Hogganfield Loch or Seven Lochs Wetland Park. They often have a 10 minute warm up first. Their free walks are led by trained volunteer Walk Leaders. The walk includes registration and social time afterwards. All welcome, any walking ability. Starts at 10am.

Contact: info@cranhill.org.uk

Aberfeldy Information Marketplace

Highland Perthshire CAP Debt Centre

When - Thursday, 19 October, 2017
Where - Aberfeldy Parish Church, 3 Taybridge Rd, Aberfeldy PH15 2BH

On Thursday 19th October from 12.00-1.30pm, CAP Highland Perthshire have invited around 20 local agencies to an 'Information Marketplace' to be held in Aberfeldy Church Centre. During this time the church are running their monthly Food and Friendship lunch and this will give a great opportunity for the public to find out about what services and support are available in the local community. We have been really encouraged by the local agencies and organisations who have expressed their appreciation and support for these events.

Contact: pamelathomson@capuk.org

Staff Afternoon Tea

SCPO and Church of Scotland

When - Thursday, 19 October, 2017
Where - 121 George Street

SCPO and the Church of Scotland will be holding a staff Afternoon Tea. The event will be loosely chaired by Martin Johnstone, secretary of the Church and Society Council of the Church, and he will be inviting people along who have a lived experience of poverty to speak to the few hundred staff that work in the offices.

Contact: irene.mackinnon@scpo.scot

Poverty Alliance Annual Conference 2017

The Poverty Alliance

When - Thursday, 19 October, 2017
Where - Glasgow Royal Concerty Hall

This year’s annual conference of the Poverty Alliance, Scotland’s anti-poverty network, comes at an important time for our organisation as we mark our 25th anniversary. Over this time we have campaigned and lobbied on a wide range of issues – from fuel poverty and food insecurity, to benefit cuts and decent pay. Unfortunately, many of the issues that were with us in 1992 remain with us now, despite some of our best efforts. We have seen important changes, but some of those changes have been rolled back and are under real threat again. The economic instability that has come about because of our impending departure from the EU, as well as continuing cuts to social protection means that poverty is likely to increase over the next five years. In this context it is more important than ever that we make the right choices about what we seek to change, and how we go about making that change.

Contact: admin@povertyalliance.org

Steps to Release Course

CAP Release Group East Kilbride

When - Thursday, 19 October, 2017
Where - Hunter House, Maxwellton Ave, Calderwood, East Kilbride G74 3HW

Is there something in your life that you just can't stop doing even though you want to? Maybe it's smoking, binge drinking, gambling, shopping or an Internet addiction? Do you feel like it’s just too hard to tackle it on your own? If you would like help to break free, then a CAP Release Group is for you. Whatever it is you are struggling with, our groups provide a safe and confidential place where you can tackle the issue right at the core to break free and stay free. Our CAP Release Group Coach, Elaine Allison, heads up a wonderful team of volunteers who are ready to help and support you when you need it. If you feel you can't come to group alone then please feel free to invite a friend. Time: 7.00-9.00 pm. Contact Elaine on 07729312773 to book on.

Contact: elaineallison@capreleasegroups.org

Positive Noise

Quarriers

When - Thursday, 19 October, 2017
Where - The Space, 257 London Road, G40 1PE

This event shares a range of experiences and insights into poverty in Scotland. We aim to explore how poverty affects us as individuals and the communities we live in through music. Event features Loki the Scottish rapper.

Contact: inclusionteam@quarriers.org.uk

Petition Push - Give Me Five

Give Me Five - The Child Benefit Top Up Campaign

When - Thursday, 19 October, 2017
Where - Online

To mark Challenge Poverty Week, the Give Me Five campaign will be asking people to sign their e-petition that calls on on MSPs to ensure the 2018/19 budget and Scottish Government spending plans include a top-up of child benefit by £5 per week. Increasing child benefit by just £5 a week for every child could lift 30,000 children out of poverty.

Contact: jduncan@cpagscotland.org.uk

Challenging Poverty and Precarious Employment Discussion

The Labour Party for Shettleston CLP

When - Thursday, 19 October, 2017
Where - Shettleston

At the Glasgow Shettleston Labour Party CLP, there will be a short talk from a representative from the Poverty Alliance on Challenge Poverty, the goals, messages and key themes. A representative from Unite will also be there to speak about precarious employment, low pay and what this means for young people. There will be time for discussion with the wider group at the end.

Contact: stancrooke@yahoo.com

Advice Renfrewshire Event

Renfrewshire Council

When - Thursday, 19 October, 2017
Where - Johnstone Town Hall

Representatives of Advice Renfrewshire (www.advicerenfrewshire.org) will be on site at Johnstone Town Hall to provide free advice on money, benefits, debt, health and more. The Citizens Advice Bureau, Advice Works, Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH), Local Energy Action Plan (LEAP) and Credit Union representatives will all be in attendance. Feel free to drop by.

Contact: diane.dunn@renfrewshire.gov.uk

Galgael Community Meal

GalGael

When - Thursday, 19 October, 2017
Where - The Gal Gael Trust, 15 Fairley Street, Glasgow, G51 2SN

GalGael will be hosting a Challenge Poverty Week community meal. GalGael provides learning experiences anchored in practical activities that offer purpose and meaning. They provide a space that serves as something of a safe harbour for those whose lives have been battered by storms such as worklessness, depression or addiction. They offer a workplace that challenges, inspires and creates the conditions conducive to learning; a space where mistakes are not only made but owned as our best teachers, where issues are left at the door and new identities forged.

Contact: tam@galgael.org

Online Content

Skills Development Scotland

When - Thursday, 19 October, 2017
Where - Online

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) will create a news article for My World of Work highlighting the week and outlining how people can find out more and/or get involved. They will also be highlighting the week through various social media channels.

Contact: Laura.Burnett@sds.co.uk

Cllr Allan Young - Poverty Themed Surgery

Cllr Allan Young

When - Thursday, 19 October, 2017
Where - Elder Park Library, 28A Langlands Rd, Glasgow G51 3TZ

Cllr Allan Young from Ward 5 - Govan of Glasgow City Council will be holding a poverty themed surgery as part of Challenge Poverty Week. The surgery will be from 2-3pm on the Thursday of Challenge Poverty Week at Elder Park Library.

Contact: allan.young@glasgow.gov.uk

Better Off North Ayrshire Roadshow at Tesco, Kilbirnie

Better Off North Ayrshire

When - Thursday, 19 October, 2017
Where - Tesco, Kilbirnie

Better Off North Ayrshire will be hosting a Roadshow at Tesco, Kilbirnie from 11.30-2pm.

Contact: MariaShields@north-ayrshire.gov.uk

Housing Support Team Drop-In at Saltcoats Town Hall

North Ayrshire Council

When - Thursday, 19 October, 2017
Where - Saltcoats Town Hall

North Ayrshire Council will be hosting a Challenge Poverty Week Housing Support Team drop in at Saltcoats Town Hall from 11.30am-2pm.

Contact: MariaShields@north-ayrshire.gov.uk

Drop In to Annan Newstart Project

Annan Newstart Recycling Project

When - Thursday, 19 October, 2017
Where - To be Confirmed

Drop-In to view all of the activities, equipment and support services which are offered to people who are desperately in need.

Contact: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk

Drop In to the Independent Living Support Project, 10:00am - 12:00

Independent Living Support Project

When - Thursday, 19 October, 2017
Where - 8 George Street Mews, Dumfries, DG1 1HH

Drop-In to view all of the support offered to clients with a range of support needs to help them to regain their independence.

Contact: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk

Drop-In to Stewartry Council of Voluntary Services, 11:00am - 12:00

Stewartry Council of Voluntary Services

When - Thursday, 19 October, 2017
Where - 17 Castle Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JA

The SCVS offer a huge range of support services to both individuals and organisations including Food Bank Parcel Distribution.

Contact: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk

Tour of Passivhaus Housing Development - Scotland's Lowest Energy Affordable Homes

The Dormont Estate

When - Thursday, 19 October, 2017
Where - Dormont Estate, Dormont Park, Passivhaus Development, Lockerbie, DG11 1DJ

Tour of the Passivhaus Housing Development Homes which are Scotland's Lowest Energy Affordable Homes.

Contact: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk

Drop-In to the Links To Work Project, 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Dumfries and Galloway Council

When - Thursday, 19 October, 2017
Where - North West Resource Centre, College Drive, Dumfries, DG2 0BX

The :Links to Work Project offers specialist one to one support to enable clients to move back into employment.

Contact: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk

TLC Cafe Drop-In, 12:00 - 2:00pm

Alcohol & Drugs Support Services

When - Thursday, 19 October, 2017
Where - Parish Church Hall, Castle Douglas, DG7 1BA

Run by the Alcohol & Drugs Support Services The TLC Cafe offers very low cost soup and sandwiches and a safe place for anyone to access support services and sign-posting.

Contact: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk

Langholm Playcare Drop-In, 10:30m - 11;30am

Langholm Playcare

When - Thursday, 19 October, 2017
Where - Langholm Playcare, Charles Street, Langholm, DG13 0AA

Drop-In to visit the facility which offers support to young families in various forms of poverty.

Contact: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk

Food Distribution Project, Summerhill Community Centre

Summerhill Community Centre

When - Thursday, 19 October, 2017
Where - Ballochmyle Terrace, Dumfries, DG2 9EF

Overview of the Community Foodshare Service which is received, packed and distributed to people in need within the local area. Additional information will also be provided on all of the other activities which are delivered by the Summerhill Community Centre.

Contact: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk

Elected Member Drop In to Tackling Poverty Reference Group Meeting

Tackling Poverty Reference Group

When - Thursday, 19 October, 2017
Where - Castle Douglas Community Centre, Cotton Street, Castle Douglas, DG7 1AJ

Monthly meeting of the Tackling Poverty Reference Group which is comprised of volunteers with lived experience of poverty.

Contact: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk

Elected Member Drop-In to the Tackling Poverty Co-Ordination Group 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Tackling Poverty Co-Ordination Group

When - Thursday, 19 October, 2017
Where - Castle Douglas Community Centre, Cotton Street, Castle Douglas, DG7 1AJ

Elected Member Drop In to the Group which is comprised of volunteers, expert advisers and third sector organisations to tackle poverty in Dumfries and Galloway.

Contact: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk

Shelter Scotland Drop-In, 10:30am - 11:30am

Shetler Scotland

When - Thursday, 19 October, 2017
Where - 2-4 High Street, Annan, DG12 6AG

Drop-In to view all of the Support Services which are offered by this specialist housing charity.

Contact: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk

Kelloholm Old People's Day Centre Lunch Club, 12:00 - 2:00pm

Kelloholm Old People's Day Centre Lunch Club

When - Thursday, 19 October, 2017
Where - The Cabin, Main Street, Kirkconnel, Sanquhar, DG4 6LU

Low Cost Lunch Club to encourage companionship, signposting and support to older people within the local area.

Contact: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk

The Salvation Army Support Cafe Drop-In

The Salvation Army, Stranraer

When - Thursday, 19 October, 2017
Where - The Salvation Army Church, Port Rodie, Stranraer, DG9 7EE

Drop-In to the Weekly Support Cafe which offers signposting and a listening ear to anyone in need.

Contact: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk

Collective signing of the Stick Your Labels Campaign - Poverty Awareness and Challenging Stigma

South Lanarkshire Council - FIN Poverty Awareness and Challenging Stigma Working Group

When - Friday, 20 October, 2017
Where - Hamilton Accies Stadium New Douglas Park Cadzow avenue Hamilton ML3 OFT

24 organisations including public bodies and third sector have agreed to formally sign up to the Stick Your Labels camaign. There will also be a performance by The Street. The Street cast write and perform issues based urban simulations using drama performances to exploring a whole range of issues from a young person’s perspective. To find out more about The Street or to discuss how you can book a performance please contact Wendy McInally wendy@regenfxyouthtrust.org.

Contact: anne.hopkins-simpson@southlanarkshire.gov.uk

Drop In Session

Urban Roots

When - Friday, 20 October, 2017
Where - 30 Elderpark Street

On Friday the 20th of October, there will be a drop in session at at Moogety Grub Hub (30, Elderpark St) hosted by Urban Roots. This is open to all. There will be a baking session and soup to share. Just turn up and join in!

Contact: Anne@urbanroots.org.uk

Launch of Report

Challenge Poverty Action Group Scotland

When - Friday, 20 October, 2017
Where - Online

In conjunction with Challenge Poverty Week, CPAG Scotland will be publishing a report highlighting key themes from how poverty and social security changes have affected child and family wellbeing based on a series of interviews with low income families over the past four years, carried out by Dr. Morag Treanor of the University of Stirling.

Contact: jduncan@cpagscotland.org.uk

Inclusive Growth Conference

Scottish Government

When - Friday, 20 October, 2017
Where - Glasgow

Organised by the Scottish Government the conference will bring together a Scottish, UK and international audience to allow for the sharing of experience and best practice in progress towards Inclusive Growth, covering a range of topics such as economic growth and sustainability, insights from business, fair work, wellbeing, regional perspectives and place-based approaches to growth. So if you are a leader in either the public or private sector who wants to see your organisation contribute to shaping our Inclusive Growth agenda then this is a must attend event for you. Speakers will include high profile international policy makers, academics, and business leaders.

Contact: n/a

Challenge Poverty Week Surgeries - Stuart McDonald MP

Stuart McDonald MP

When - Friday, 20 October, 2017
Where - Campsie Memorial Hall & Hillhead Community Centre

On the 20th of October Stuart McDonald MP will host two Challenge Poverty Week themed surgeries. The first will be at 9.15am at Campsie Memorial Hall and the second at 10.30 at Hillhead Community Gardens in Lennoxtown. Stuart encourages anyone to come along, especially those with issues around social security benefits.

Contact: stuart.mcdonald.mp@parliament.uk

Social media activity

Energy Action Scotland

When - Friday, 20 October, 2017
Where - Online

Energy Action Scotland will be highlighting the week and key messages through their social media channels

Contact: helen.melone@eas.org.uk

"Feed a of four for a fiver" Demo

North Ayrshire Council

When - Friday, 20 October, 2017
Where - Rivergate Mall, Irvine

North Ayrshire Council will be hosting a "Feed a of four for a fiver" Demo at Rivergate Mall, Irvine from 10am-3pm.

Contact: MariaShields@north-ayrshire.gov.uk

Blog - Gary from Fife Gingebread

Fife Gingerbread

When - Friday, 20 October, 2017
Where - Online

As part of Challenge Poverty Week, Gary McFadden from Fife Gingerbread has written a blog on poverty impacting families.

Contact: gary.mcfadden@fifegingerbread.org.uk>

Drop-In to Lochside Children's Services Centre

Lochside Children Services Centre

When - Friday, 20 October, 2017
Where - Lochside Road, Dumfries, DG2 0NF

Organised by Dumfries & Galloway Council there will be a Drop-In to view all of the specialist facilities and services which are available for families and children including the Toy Library.

Contact: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk

Drop-In to Machars Basics Bank Lunch Club, 11:00am - 2:00pm

Machars Basics Bank

When - Friday, 20 October, 2017
Where - Penningham Church Hall, Newton Stewart, DG8 6ER

Drop-In to receive an overview of all of the support services offered by the Basics Bank including the Lunch Club, Food Parcels and Support and Sign-Posting Services.

Contact: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk

Learners Together Healthy Cooking Classes

Learners Together Project

When - Friday, 20 October, 2017
Where - North West Resource Centre, College Drive, Dumfries, DG2 0BX

Drop-In to view the free healthy cooking classes for anyone on low incomes.

Contact: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk

Digital Learners Drop-In, 11:00am - 12:00

Digital Learners Together

When - Friday, 20 October, 2017
Where - North West Resource Centre, College Drive, Dumfries, DG2 0BX

Organised by Dumfries and Galloway Council with Digital Learners Together, Drop-In to the support classes which help to support the development of basic digital skills for those on low incomes.

Contact: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk

Drop-In to the Salvation Army Lunch, 12:00 - 1:00

The Salvation Army, Dumfries

When - Friday, 20 October, 2017
Where - The Salvation Army Church, 97 Whitesands, Dumfries, DG1 2RX

Drop-In to receive an overview of all of the support services offered by the Salvation Army to those in critical need within the local community.

Contact: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk

Community Meal

Urban Roots

When - Saturday, 21 October, 2017
Where - Elderpark Community Centre, 82 Elderpark Street

Free community meal hosted by Urban Roots. This is open to all, young and old, and it is a good way to meet people and get involved in activities. The meal is free of charge and we do not take donations. There is always a vegetarian option available. If you have any special dietary needs, please speak to us.

Contact: Anne@urbanroots.org.uk

Priesthill and Househillwood Community Fun Day

Sanctuary Scotland

When - Saturday, 21 October, 2017
Where - Gowanbank Primary School

In partnership with Poverty Alliance, NHS and Sanctuary Scotland, we are putting on a Community Fun Day for Priesthill and Househillwood on 21st October 2017. As part of the fun day, we will be having a poster-making competition based around Challenge Poverty Week's key messages.

Contact: anthony.morrow@sanctuary-housing.co.uk

Scottish Green Party Conference Fringe: Public Services, Poverty and Pay

Unison

When - Saturday, 21 October, 2017
Where - Scottish Greens Party Conference

Unison will be hosting a fringe meeting at the Scottish Green Party Conference on the 21st of October from 12.15-13.15 called “Public Services, Poverty and Pay”. At the meeting, Peter Kelly from the Poverty Alliance will speak on low pay and the benefits system and Lillian Macer UNISON Scotland convenor will speak on the role of public services in fighting poverty and workers experience of struggling to make ends meet because of low pay. Andy Wightman MSP will be chairing the wider discussion with attendees after the speakers and closing the meeting with some reflections on the discussion. Meeting is open to all attendees of the Scottish Green Party Conference.

Contact: K.Sillars@unison.co.uk

Drop-In to the Stranraer Credit Union, 12:00 - 3:00pm

Stranraer Credit Union

When - Saturday, 21 October, 2017
Where - 25 Hanover Square, Stranraer, DG9 7AG

Drop-In to view the facilities and hear about the support offered by the project for financial assistance, advice and support.

Contact: Wendy.Jesson@dumgal.gov.uk

Challenging Poverty Stigma and Promoting Inclusive Practice in Scotland

NHS Health Scotland

When - Wednesday, 25 October, 2017
Where - The Studio, 67 Hope Street, Glasgow

As part of the Scottish Government’s Fairer Scotland Action Plan, NHS Health Scotland and The Poverty Alliance are collaborating on a wide-reaching learning programme aimed at public service staff, to challenge stigma towards people experiencing poverty. The aim is to not only to share effective practices in this area but also to build on this work by collaborating on a learning programme that challenges poverty stigma. The session will involve: Firestarter presentations from public service and third sector organisations highlighting practice in challenging stigma and promoting inclusive practice Exchanging knowledge and exploring how we can work together more effectively Developing ideas to inform a learning programme Collaborate on an action plan to move this work forward

Contact: nhs.healthscotland-WDteam@nhs.net

Stick Your Labels - Inverkeithing High School

Inverkeithing High School

When - Thursday, 26 October, 2017
Where - Inverkeithing High School

As part of Challenge Poverty Week, the Inverkeithing High School will be signing up to the Stick Your Labels pledge. As part of this, the higher Modern Studies pupils will take part in a discussion-based briefing session on the Stick Your Labels campaign, poverty, stigma and the importance of using de-stigmatising language.

Contact: Kelly.Rowley-ik@fife.gov.uk

Hungry For Change Launch - Report on Community Responses to Food Insecurity

Pilton Community Health Project

When - Friday, 27 October, 2017
Where - Edinburgh

Pilton Community Health Project conducted this small scale study of community food activity in north Edinburgh to examine in more detail how residents and community groups have taken action to alleviate food insecurity. We explored how residents feel about options open to them if they are experiencing food insecurity. We also wanted to know what else could be done by us and others to further support this activity. We found that responses, like the gardeners café , community meals and the foodbank at Muirhouse Community Shop, were preferred by residents to more formal or distant foodbanks run by outside agencies. Residents experiencing food insecurity have a wide range of coping mechanisms which include taking part in community food activities. Local community groups want barriers to their activity removed, more support and resources and to be better connected. At the launch you will have the chance to hear more about the report, local and national responses to food insecurity and how others could support more community food activity. We’ll also provide lunch! We will be able to share the report and a confirmed programme for the event in the near future. Please RSVP by 11th October. Do let us know about any food issues we need to know about and childcare requirements.

Contact: anitaaggarwal@pchp.org.uk

Workshop and Community Meal

Saheliya Glasgow

When - Friday, 27 October, 2017
Where - St Rollox House 130 Springburn Road Glasgow G21 1YL

Saheliya Glasgow will be holding a workshop and community meal as part of Challenge Poverty Week. Saheliya supports and promotes the positive mental health and well-being of black, minority ethnic, asylum seeker, refugee and migrant women and girls (12+) in the Edinburgh and Glasgow area.

Contact: twimukye.mushaka@povertyalliance.org

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