Taking action on child poverty

Date: October 1, 2018
Time: 9:00 am  to  1:30 pm

NSPCC Scotland

NSPCC Scotland and the Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection are pleased to host a half day conference to mark the start of Challenge Poverty Week.  This event will consider the challenges these families face, its impact, and some of the work that is being done to support children, families and practitioners in Scotland and the UK. The event will be suitable for academics, students and practitioners who work with families in conditions of stress, and who have an interest in poverty alleviation.

Tickets are £10, you can register here.

Address: Iris Murdoch Building, University of Stirling

Contact: socscievents@stir.ac.uk.

Website: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/

Social Media Campaign – Child Benefit

Date: October 1, 2018
Time: 9:00 am  to  5:00 pm

Give Me Five Campaign

The Give Me Five campaign is a coalition of third sector, civic society and faith groups campaigning for the Scottish Government to top up Child Benefit by £5 per week, per child.

During Challenge Poverty Week, the Give Me Five campaign will be highlighting the impact that child benefit can have – and has had – in reducing poverty. Do you have anything to share on how child benefit has helped you in the past? Get in touch with Neil Cowan about how it’s helped you.

Address: Online

Contact: neil.cowan@povertyalliance.org

Website: http://www.cpag.org.uk/content/give-me-five-child-benefit-top-campaign

Managing Your Universal Credit

Date: October 1, 2018
Time: 10:00 am  to  12:00 pm

Financial Inclusion Strategic Partnership for the Third Sector in East Dunbartonshire

In conjunction with Challenge Poverty Week, the Financial Inclusion Strategic Partnership for the Third Sector in East Dunbartonshire will be hosting information stalls to signpost people to agencies that may help them. Universal Credit is being rolled out in Milngavie, Bearsden and Bishopbriggs in October.

This will be one of three dates during Challenge Poverty Week.

Address: Bearsden HUB

Contact: isobel.kerr@edva.org

Website: http://www.edva.org/

Raising Awareness of Affordable Credit in Falkirk, Fife and West Lothian

Date: October 1, 2018
Time: 10:00 am  to  4:00 pm

Conduit Scotland

For Challenge Poverty Week, Conduit Scotland are holding a series of anti poverty themed open drop ins from the 1st to the 5th of October. Anyone with an interest in affordable lending and how it contributes to anti-poverty work welcome to drop in to any one of their 4 premises to share information and learn more about about Conduit Scotland.

Addresses: Bathgate Shop: 79 Southbridge Street, Bathgate, EH48 1TJ Tel: 01506 353824, Dunfermline Shop: 31 Chapel Street, Dunfermline, KY12 7AW Tel: 01383 668478, Falkirk Shop: 13 Bank Street, Falkirk, FK1 1NB Tel: 01324 464946, Kirkcaldy Shop: 34 High Street, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1LU Tel: 01592 808748

Contact: katemckeown@conduit.org.uk; marypenny@conduit.org.uk

Website: https://www.conduitscotland.com/

Let’s Challenge Poverty in Kilwinning – Secondary School visit

Date: October 1, 2018
Time: 12:30 pm  to  3:15 pm

North Ayrshire Council

North Ayrshire Council will be looking for the next “BIG IDEA” to Challenge Poverty in North Ayrshire this week.

As part of this, North Ayrshire’s Lord Provost and Leader of the Council will be visiting Kilwinning Academy School to discuss pupil’s big ideas on how to solve poverty.

Address: Kilwinning Academy

Contact: CarolineAmos@north-ayrshire.gov.uk

Website: https://www.north-ayrshire.gov.uk/home.aspx

Free Upcycling Class

Date: October 1, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm  to  3:00 pm

Cranhill Development Trust

As part of Challenge Poverty Week, Cranhill Development Trust will be holding a series of free upcycling classes.  Open to everyone, these classes are a great way to learn from new skills, have fun and meet new people.  Monday’s class will teach you how to hem.

Address: Cranhill Development Trust, 109 Bellrock Street, Glasgow, G33 3HE

Website: https://www.cranhilldt.org.uk/

Contact: david@cranhilldt.org.uk

Holiday Hunger Roundtable

Date: October 1, 2018
Time: 2:00 pm  to  4:00 pm

Claire Baker MSP

As part of Challenge Poverty Week, Claire Baker MSP is hosting a roundtable discussion about holiday hunger on Monday 1st October in Kirkcaldy.

The meeting will be attended by representatives from Fife Council who are currently working on policy research on holiday hunger and Cllr Judy Hamilton, Convener of Community & Housing Services Committee, third sector organisations in Fife working with children and families will also be attending.

The meeting aims to discuss how the provision over the summer worked and how we look to provide support for families.  This will be an informal meeting to share experiences and discuss the challenges faced.

The purpose of the roundtable also aims to have discussions around what the experience of providing for children over the summer was, what the demand is, and how do we prepare for future holidays.

Contact: Claire.Fernie@parliament.scot

Website: http://www.clairebaker.org/