Challenge Poverty Week

Challenge Poverty Week 2021

Challenge Poverty Week 2021 will take place from 4 – 10 October

Please note that some resources and information on this website relates to Challenge Poverty Week 2020. Please check back after 16th June when we will publish our toolkits for 2021. 

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Get Involved Meetings 2021

To help your organisation plan how they will get involved in CPW 2021, we are running a series of Get Involved meetings designed to showcase the different ways your organisation can take part in the week, and to help you plan your activities.

You can sign up for our sector-specific Get Involved meetings below, or get in touch with if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

Register for a Get Involved meeting

Tuesday 29th June – Charities & Community Organisations
Thursday 1st July – Local Authorities
Tuesday 6th July – Health Voices
Thursday 8th July – Professional Bodies
Wednesday 14th July – Businesses
Thursday 15th July – Faith Groups
Tuesday 20th July – Everyone Welcome

*All 10am – 11am*

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What is Challenge Poverty Week? 

Challenge Poverty Week 2019

 “Challenge Poverty Week offers the chance to explore some of the most innovative and effective work and to identify the barriers that too many people face when trying to lift themselves from poverty.” Craig Wilson, SCVO.


Challenge Poverty Week aims

  •  To raise a unified voice against poverty and show that we all want to live in a more just and equal Scotland.  
  • To build awareness and support for solutions to poverty.  
  • To change the conversation around poverty and help end the stigma of living on a low income. 

Challenge Poverty Week 2021 key messages

  • Too many people in our society are locked in the grip of poverty, restricted from playing a full role in society.  
  • But in Scotland, we all agree that poverty can, and must, be solved. 
  • By redesigning our economy to reflect our shared values of justice and compassion, we can unlock poverty’s grip.  
  • To do this, action must be taken to boost people’s incomes, reduce the cost of living, and create the just and green Scotland we all want to see.     

Want to get involved?

Taking part in Challenge Poverty Week can be rewarding and impactful. Due to COVID-19 we are encouraging Challenge Poverty Week activities to take place online whenever possible. However, we will be providing resources to help you organise in-person events

If you want to get involved but aren’t sure how you can make an impact, join one of our sector specific Get Involved Meetings to discuss with other organisations what you can do to make a difference. Dates and sign-up links will be published soon.

Check out our resources page with toolkits and templates to make it easy for you to get involved, whether that’s organising a speaker events, launching an initiative or writing to your local politician. (2021’s toolkits will be available to download by 16th June, check back soon!)

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Primary School puplils using our Challenge Poverty Week lesson plans