End Poverty Edinburgh campaigning at the Scottish Parliament for Challenge Poverty Week

Guest blog: We don’t need to accept this injustice

Brid Cullen,End Poverty Edinburgh At the start of this Challenge Poverty week to raise awareness of the scale of poverty in our towns and communities around Scotland there are some shocking facts that we need to face up to. More people are suffering now than when the Poverty Alliance brought organisations together in 2013 to … Read more

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Guest blog: How are we challenging poverty at Fife Gingerbread?

Fife Gingerbread Fife Gingerbread are a wee children and families charity supporting families in the Fife area. Our staff and volunteers support about 650 families in need every year, and around 90% are households headed by inspirational lone parents. We deliver a range of frontline services through our projects  spanning family support, volunteering, employability, family … Read more

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Guest blog: Every child should have the support they need to live a happy and healthy life

Circle,Supporting families in Scotland Circle is a charity working to strengthen the lives of families across Central Scotland. We work with families facing multiple disadvantages due to structural inequality and poverty. Stemming from poverty, our families also face issues surrounding substance use, imprisonment, physical or mental health, trauma, abuse, and loss. We work to alleviate … Read more

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Guest blog: Leadership is at the heart of tackling poverty

Catherine McWilliam, Nations Director, IoD Scotland https://www.povertyalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/IoD_film_cpw_2023.mp4 Read the full article – and a special #ChallengePoverty opinion piece by our director Peter Kelly – in the the IoD Autumn Magazine Much of my time is spent challenging existing perceptions of the IoD. Our membership is not made up of stereotypical leaders – suited, booted and … Read more

Guest blog: Economic Abuse is Fueling Women’s Poverty in Glasgow

Robyn Moffat-Wall, Training and Engagement Officer,Financially Included Illustrations by Nic Dickson. Financially Included is a partnership project between GEMAP Scotland and the Glasgow Violence Against Women Partnership, funded by the Scottish Government’s Delivering Equally Safe Fund. We are the only project in Scotland solely dedicated to economic abuse and the financial impact of gender-based violence.  … Read more

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Guest blog: Suicide is an inequality issue

Samaritans Scotland Samaritans Scotland and the University of Strathclyde are conducting research into insecure work, economic insecurity and suicidality. If you are interested in taking part or finding out more please contact Dave Morris at d.morris@samaritans.org This Challenge Poverty Week it’s vital that we recognise that suicide is an inequality issue. The latest suicide statistics … Read more

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Blog: In-work poverty in Scotland – learning from the Serving the Future project

Dr Laura Robertson,Senior Research Officer,The Poverty Alliance New research from the Serving the Future project has found that there is a lack of support for low-paid workers and employers in the hospitality sector in Scotland. Serving the Future, a collaboration between the Poverty Alliance, the Fraser of Allander Institute, and the Institute for Inspiring Children’s … Read more

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Guest blog: To tackle carer poverty, we need radical change

Carers Scotland Every day hundreds of people in Scotland will receive a call to tell them that a family member has taken ill.  After the sudden shock, over the coming days and weeks, they’ll try to come to terms with a new reality.  They’re going to need help to live at home:  to get up … Read more

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Guest Blog: We can invest in homes for a better Scotland

Ewan Aitken, Chief Executive,Cyrenians As part of Challenge Poverty Week 2023, Cyrenians supports the call for a Scotland where we all have safe, secure and sustainable homes. Ewan Aitken, Chief Executive of Cyrenians, explains why urgent action is needed to respond to the housing crisis. Homelessness in Scotland has gone up by 10% in the … Read more

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