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.

Scottish Campaign on Rights to Social Security Launch

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

Scottish Campaign on Rights to Social Security

The Scottish Campaign on Welfare Reform (SCoWR) is a coalition of over 40 key third sector organisations, faith groups, unions and charities from across Scotland. This year they are relaunching as the Scottish Campaign on Rights to Social Security, and will be holding an event in Edinburgh which will launch the new manifesto as part of Challenge Poverty Week. Date and time TBC.

To learn more, email Neil Cowan from the Poverty Alliance:

CERIC: Blog about Living Hours and the real Living Wage

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

The Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change

The Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Changefrom the University of Leeds will be writing a blog highlighting employment policies around the Living Hours campaign and the real Living Wage accreditation, with a focus on its impact in Scotland.  It will present case studies from specific employers, and highlight their role in tackling insecure work and in-work poverty.

To learn more, email researcher Calum Carson at Calum Carson , or check this article about the Living Hours Campaign 

Business in the Community: social media campaign

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

Business in the Community Scotland

Business in the Community Scotland tackles critical societal issues and drives change in workplaces and communities by unlocking the ambitions of business for a fairer society through programmes, events and research.

As part of Challenge Poverty Week, they will provide social media post templates that member businesses can use to highlight their activities as part of BITC and how these challenge poverty. They will also run a social media campaign about the tools and support they provide to businesses to challenge poverty.

To learn more, you can contact Cynthia at, visit their website  and follow them on twitter: @BITCScotland

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.

North Lanarkshire Labour Group: Video

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

North Lanarkshire Labour Group

North Lanarkshire Labour has a Fairness and Well-being Action Group which is looking at poverty- proofing council services. They will be working on creating a video for social media on some of these measures with their chair, to coincide with Challenge Poverty Week.

To find out more, please email Fraser Paterson

Podcast: Integrating money advice into primary care settings

Date: October 8, 2019
Time: 9:00 am  to  12:00 am

The Health and Social Care Alliance

ALLIANCE Live is the new webinar platform by the Alliance providing information, presentations and discussions around issues and themes relating to health and social care integration. They will be launching a podcast on this platform around integrating money advice workers into primary care settings. The research this is based on has been  carried out by GCPH.

They are also planning a series of blogs around self management and poverty and will release one a day for the length of Challenge Poverty Week. You will find them here:

To find out more, please email Rhona Millar

‘Aye We Can’ Conversation

Date: October 9, 2019
Time: 10:00 am  to  12:00 pm

All Together in Dignity (ATD) Fourth World, Bridging the Gap and Poverty Truth Community

ATD (All Together in Dignity) Fourth World is a movement of solidarity among and in collaboration with the most excluded families around the world.  Founded in 1957 by Joseph Wresinski, ATD Fourth World brings together women and men from all cultures and social classes and is active in 34 countries. Bridging the Gap is a charity working with  people with diverse backgrounds, tackling sectarianism and building community. Finally, The Poverty Truth Community brings together some of Scotland’s key decision makers with those living at the sharp end of poverty.

ATD, Bridging the Gap and The Poverty Truth Community will be organising an open informal event at The Pyramid At Anderston over tea and cake as an ‘Aye We Can’ conversation. We will give more details on the focus soon.

To find out more, plese email Corrinna Bain

St. Peter’s Church Conference

Date: October 9, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

Society of Saint Vincent de Paul 

Conferences (groups) respond to  needs in their communities.  This usually means visiting people in their homes, in hospital, hospices or in prison

St. Peter’s, Carmondean, Livingston conference of the SSVP will hold a speaker event with the following contributions:

  • West Lothian School Bank – Confirmed
  • Home Start – TBC
  • West Lothian Credit Union – TBC

The event will run from 7pm-9pm Wednesday 9th. October, at St. Peter’s RC church, Carmondean, Livingston EH54

To learn more, email Brian at, or visit

Conforti Institute speaker event: From theory to action

Date: October 13, 2019
Time: 11:00 am  to  5:45 pm

Xaverian UK Province and the Conforti Institute

From theory to action- A Challenge Poverty Week event in preparation for Pope Francis world day of the poor. The event is taking place in Calder House, Calder Ave ML5 4JS

The mission of Xaverian UK Province and the Conforti Institute is:

  • telling the story and witness of our missionaries in the variety of ministries and countries where we serve.
  • interfaith dialogue;
  • advocacy for and solidarity with the poor;
  • intercultural dialogue in pastoral assistance to international cultural communities

Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance, and Sir Harry Burns will be key speakers at this event.

To learn more about this event and register to attend, email Hugh Foy: