Challenge Poverty Week

Glasgow's Annual Homelessness Conference

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

When - Thursday, 05 October, 2017
Where - Unite the union, John Smith House, 145/165 West Regent Street, Glasgow G2 4RZ

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.

This is a meeting for Unite the Union members who are employed in the not for profit sector.

Contact: imnicolson@hotmail.co.uk

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

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.

If you would like more information on the event - please get in contact with Aileen O'Hagan on 0131 561 7352 or aileen@canongate.org

Contact: aileen@canongate.org

#StickYourLabels briefing sessions

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.

This event is invite-only.

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

Blog - Aileen O'Hagan

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

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

Blog - Paul Bradley

When - Sunday, 15 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

Global Emails

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

South Lanarkshire Council will be sending out a series of Global Emails to all of their pc-facing staff 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

Petition - End the Benefit Freeze

When - Sunday, 15 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

Challenge Poverty Week Podcast

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

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

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

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.

Contact: irene.mackinnon@scpo.scot

Tackling Poverty in Dumfries and Galloway Conference

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

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

Report: The Life Chances of BME Young People

When - Monday, 16 October, 2017
Where - http://www.crer.scot

A report comparing the life chances of white and BME young people from childhood to education and employment.

Contact: rebecca@crer.org.uk

Blog - People in Place programme

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

When - Tuesday, 17 October, 2017
Where - Priesthill

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

SCOWR Meeting

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

Challenging Poverty in Pollock Stall

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.

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

Staff Afternoon Tea

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.

This event is staff and invite only.

Contact: irene.mackinnon@scpo.scot

Poverty Alliance Annual Conference 2017

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

Launch of Report

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

When - Friday, 20 October, 2017
Where - Glasgow

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

Priesthill and Househillwood Community Fun Day

When - Saturday, 21 October, 2017
Where - TBC

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

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

Stick Your Labels - 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.

This is an event open to pupils and staff only.

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

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

When - Friday, 27 October, 2017
Where - 1-3pm, Old Kirk and Muirhouse Parish Church

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.

This event is invite-only.

Contact: anitaaggarwal@pchp.org.uk

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