Focus on Change West Dunbartonshire – Learning from the Grassroots

Date: October 3, 2019
Time: 9:00 am  to  4:30 pm

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Dalmuir C.E Centre 

A Community Gathering to focus on how together we can imagine and create positive change in West Dunbartonshire.

Topics will include Heritage, Sustainability and Creativity with catalyst speakers, creative workshops and action planning on each theme.

The event is part of Challenge Poverty Week 2019 and will include the ‘Focus on Change WD’ photography exhibition, lunch and opportunities to meet and mingle.

Pick your topic, Book your place and join us on the day.

Free tickets on Eventbrite, email or call 01389 381110.

NHS 24 Online Campaign

Date: October 7, 2019
Time: 12:00 am  to  12:00 am

NHS 24

NHS 24 is Scotland’s national health information service. Their aim is to provide the people in Scotland with accurate and relevant information to help them make informed decisions about their own health and the health of the people they care for.

NHS 24 will support Challenge Poverty Week, publishing their own content using one of their websites, NHS Inform:

Keep an eye out on their website to stay updated on their campaign.

‘Get Heard’ local engagement sessions: North Ayrshire

Date: October 7, 2019
Time: 12:00 am  to  12:00 am

North Ayrshire Council

North Ayrshire Council are going to hold 5 separate GET HEARD local engagement sessions during Challenge Poverty Week, following on from the Get Heard program launch in North Ayrshire on 23 July. These community discussions will be targeted at North Ayrshire residents and community organisations working with people on low incomes in the area. They will focus on what interventions are working in terms of addressing poverty, personal experiences and what needs to change in the area to solve poverty.

To learn more and sign up, please email Maria Shields

Article series by Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland and Policy Scotland

Date: October 7, 2019
Time: 12:00 am  to  12:00 am

Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland and Policy Scotland


Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland  is an initiative that brings together people, resources and organisations in a neighbourhood area, so that all of those things can work together towards better lives for the children living there. Policy Scotland is a research unit at the University of Glasgow whose mission is to generate and provide a space for local, national and international public policy debates. Researchers from both groups will be releasing a series of articles during Challenge Poverty Week at varying levels for a host of different audiences. The articles that will be broad and help explain what they mean by poverty generally, before drilling down further with a few technical ones that go into some of the research in greater focus. For example, a few ideas for titles they are hoping to produce include:

  • ‘What do we mean by poverty?’
  • ‘How do we talk to young people about poverty?’
  • ‘The challenges of poverty in Scotland’s rural areas’
  • ‘The role of public services in tackling poverty’
  • ‘How poverty bounds agency’

The articles will be published on the following websites:

You can also find out more by following them on twitter:



Awareness raising campaign in East Renfrewshire

Date: October 7, 2019
Time: 12:00 am  to  12:00 am

East Renfrewshire Council

During Challenge Poverty Week 2019, East Renfrewshire Council will be encouraging all those living, working and visiting the area to find out more about what they can do to challenge poverty. Throughout the week, there will be a social media campaign to raise public awareness of the services offered by the Council and partners which can support those in, or at risk of poverty. There will also be posters and online promotion to staff to raise awareness, knowledge and confidence to refer to support services.

For more information contact

Anti-poverty practice guide for social work

Date: October 7, 2019
Time: 12:00 am  to  12:00 am

British Association of Social Workers

The British Association of Social Workers is the largest professional association of registered social workers and qualified care managers in the United Kingdom. They have recently launched an  Anti-Poverty Practice Guide for Social Work. In this Guide, BASW as the professional body for social work, aims to support the practice of social workers when working with people living in poverty.

Poverty is an everyday reality for those needing and using social work services, and yet models and debates about anti-poverty social work practice and policies are underdeveloped. Thus, the Guide provide knowledge acquired from researchers, professionals, and families and communities to social workers to inform strategic policies and guide practice.

The work to develop the Anti-Poverty Practice Guide for Social Work started because of BASW members’ concerns about the increasing amount of poverty levels they were seeing and expanding inequality between different social groups.

BASW will be promoting this guide and highlighting some of its content as part of Challenge Poverty Week. To find more information and access the guide, please follow this link.

Poverty and homelessness: blog and social media campaign

Date: October 7, 2019
Time: 12:00 am  to  12:00 am


Cyrenians are a homelessness charity based in Edinburgh, tackling the causes and consequences of homelessness.

Cyrenians are publishing a blog post on poverty and homelessness, and the role of the third sector in tackling poverty; they will also run a social media campaign on homelessness and poverty, and their work tackling this. To find out more, and to see this content, check their website, and follow them on social media.

Twitter: @cyrenians1968

Facebook: @cyrenians

Social media campaign and blog about gender, poverty and the Gender Pay Gap

Date: October 7, 2019
Time: 12:00 am  to  12:00 am

Close The Gap

Close the Gap works in Scotland on women’s participation in the labour market. They work with policymakers, employers and employees to influence and enable action to address the causes of women’s inequality at work.

Close the Gap will be contributing a blog for Challenge Poverty Week about gender and poverty, focusing on the Gender Pay Gap action plan. They are also planning on producing some social media graphics relating to women, work and poverty which we will be using throughout Challenge Poverty Week on their social media channels.

To find our more and read the blog, please visit their website and follow them on twitter and facebook.

Domestic abuse and poverty: blog and social media campaign

Date: October 7, 2019
Time: 12:00 am  to  12:00 am

Scottish Women’s Aid

Scottish Women’s Aid is the lead organisation in Scotland working towards the prevention of domestic abuse. We play a vital role coordinating, influencing and campaigning for effective responses to domestic abuse.

Scottish Women’s Aid are writing a blog post for Challenge Poverty Week about domestic abuse and poverty. They will also run a social media campaign across the whole week on domestic abuse and poverty, and their work on this. To find out more and see this content, check their website here, and follow them on social media: 

Twitter: @scotwomensaid


Or email them at

National Communications Plan for Child Poverty: NHS Health Scotland

Date: October 7, 2019
Time: 12:00 am  to  12:00 am

NHS Health Scotland

In collaboration with key partners, NHS Health Scotland is in the process of developing a National Communications Plan for Child Poverty. In the first instance this plan focuses on communications with strategic decision makers, operational workforce and staff across the NHS workforce. The single plan aims to help provide clarity on the causes and consequences of child poverty, and help NHS Boards to augment national activity with consistent messages. It is anticipated that the plan will be available to NHS Strategic Communications Leads and Child Poverty Leads in advance of Challenge Poverty Week 2019, and will be formally launched as a CPW activity.