‘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 bainc@atd-uk.org

Council Leader visit to Kilwinning Academy Credit Union Dalry Road

Date: October 9, 2019
Time: 10:30 am  to  12:00 pm

North Ayrshire Council

Kilwinning Academy Credit Union, Dalry Road, Kilwinning, KA13 7HD

Visit by Council Leader Joe Cullinane and Provost Clarkson to see the first Credit Union to be set up in a school in North Ayrshire. The Credit Union will enhance pupils knowledge for the future on the uptake of affordable finance and other generative financing options.

For more information, please email Maria Shields mariashields@north-ayrshire.gov.uk

Basic income and challenging poverty

Date: October 9, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm  to  8:30 pm

Citizen’s Basic Income Network Scotland

The Language Hub, 19 Keith Street, Glasgow

In a just and compassionate society, it’s simply not right that so many people are trapped in the grip of poverty. Poverty puts people in impossible situations – like having to choose between heating their home or paying their rent.

This event is part of Challenge Poverty Week, and is the first of our monthly meet-up’s in Glasgow at The Language Hub! On the second Wednesday of each month we will be joined by a guest speaker to explore a different topic and how it would be impacted by the implementation of a Basic Income. If you have suggestions for topics you would like us to cover do get in touch team@cbin.scot

Back to this month and our Challenge Poverty Week event… We’ll look at Basic Income, the current context, in Scotland and around the world, and how a Basic Income could impact poverty. Would a Basic Income end poverty? How would it change the experience of people affected by poverty?

We’d love to hear from you, come along to make your voice heard, to share your story or to ask questions and learn more! We’ll start off with an introduction to Basic Income, to ensure everyone’s on the same page, and then we’ll hear from our soon to be announced speaker. After that there will be plenty of time for questions and discussion. It will be a fun and friendly evening and we hope to see you there.

To sign up, please follow this link.

Challenge Poverty – Step Up Livingston

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
  • Home Start, Livingston
  • Knightsridge Adventure Project
  • Justice and Peace Scotland (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 brianpdurkin@hotmail.com, or visit www.ssvpscotland.com

Inequalities in Action

Date: October 10, 2019
Time: 9:30 am  to  11:00 am

Dumfries and Galloway Council

Macmillan Hall, Dashwood square, Newton Stewart

Dumfries and Galloway Council and Oasis Youth Centre are running an interactive workshop to challenge misconceptions around inequalities and income related poverty. Community councillors, elected members and senior officers will be attending.

To find out more, please see the council’s program of events for Challenge Poverty Week here: http://thirdsectordumgal.org.uk/poverty-week-programme/

And register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/inequalitites-in-action-tickets-72936879169

Challenging transport poverty: problems and solutions

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

Get Glasgow Moving

Public transport can be a lifeline for those trapped in the grip of poverty to access many of our basic human rights.

However, too often public transport is unaffordable, unavailable and inaccessible. It acts as a barrier for those on low incomes to get to work, to education or training opportunities, access health services and visit friends and family.

Get Glasgow Moving, in conjunction with Challenge Poverty Week 2019, are bringing together different organisations, leading experts and individuals to discuss the issues related to transport poverty – but more importantly, how we can solve them.

The event will be comprised of keynote speakers and group discussions which will give attendees the opportunity to discuss how we can challenge transport poverty.

Get Glasgow Moving will be incorporating some of these solutions in their new manifesto and encourage attendees to take action too!

The event is free to attend and there will be tea and coffee. It will take place at Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G41 1BA. You can sign up for the event here.

If anyone has any accessibility requirement or questions, please email rebecca@getglasgowmoving.org

Family fun session with information stalls

Date: October 10, 2019
Time: 2:00 pm  to  5:00 pm

Branchton Community Centre, Greenock

Branchton Community Centre and Inverclyde Council Attainment Challenge Family Holiday Clubs will be running a family fun session with activities for children to enjoy. They will also cater for all who attend whilst offering space to any local service who can offer support or assistance to those who are experiencing poverty.

They will also have community groups who will display their projects which have been set up to help community members such as our free clothing rail.

In the run up to the event they will be gathering data from the community and encouraging people to be part of a presentation they would like to deliver to local elected members,  relevant officers and any other professionals they can have attend, to showcase the real life effects of living in poverty.

The aim of this will be to overcome the stereotype and the shame often felt by people and to take steps to change how we perceive poverty, they feel within the community people should not be ashamed and want to help overcome this in order to effectively tackle poverty.

The event will take place at Branchton Community Centre, 78 Branchton Rd, Greenock.

To find out more, please email  Carol McEwan branchtonpcf@gmail.com

Affordable Credit Roadshow and Awareness Raising Campaign

Date: October 10, 2019
Time: 2:00 pm  to  4:00 pm

Conduit Scotland

Conduit Scotland are a wholly owned subsidiary of Five Lamps, a social enterprise which offers services to create opportunities and transform lives. As a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), they take their responsibilities and commitment to their customers and stakeholders very seriously. We are here to support people, families and communities by offering lower cost, affordable and flexible loans that best fit with the circumstances of each individual.

Conduit Scotland is raising awareness of Affordable Credit during Challenge Poverty Week – Call into one of their shops during Challenge Poverty Week to find out more. They can help you with understanding and accessing your credit file.  They will also also be having an Affordable Credit Roadshow in West Lothian Whitehill Industrial Estate, West Lothian on October 10th from 2-4pm; ASDA. Other dates TBC.

Conduit Scotland sends an open invitation to anyone working in the field of financial and social inclusion to get involved with ourselves during this week so we can find solutions to ensure we can all participate in society.

Challenge Poverty Marketplace Event

Date: October 10, 2019
Time: 2:00 pm  to  4:30 pm

Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector

GCVS is the main development agency and advocate for voluntary and community organisations in Glasgow and one of the largest Councils for the Voluntary Sector in the UK. As part of Challenge Poverty week, they are highlighting the essential and valuable work of the third sector in Glasgow to tackle poverty in our communities.

This Marketplace event will be an opportunity to network with other organisations, showcase your work and support the Glasgow Child Poverty Action Plan. The event is open to third sector organisations and people working in Glasgow City Council and the Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership.

You can sign up here.  The event will take place in The Albany Learning & Conference Centre, 44 Ashley Street.

Talk about poverty and destitution among asylum seekers and refugees

Date: October 10, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm  to  9:00 pm

Refugee Survival Trust

Refugee Survival Trust will be delivering a talk about destitution among asylum seekers and refugees for GRASS (Glasgow Refugee and Asylum Seeker Solidarity), a university society which works to raise awareness and funds for asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants in the UK.

The destitution among asylum seekers is not often highlighted in news or in public eye and RST is raising awareness in this regards. Asylum seekers become destitute because they don’t have work permits or their immigration case been rejected and therefore have no job, no income lost their accommodation. They can’t apply for the public fund.  Around 900 asylum seekers have no accommodation and living in maximum poverty.

Asylum seekers with immigration cases in the Home office receive only £37 per week again this highlights the poverty among asylum seekers.

Asylum seekers and refugees have to establish a new life in the UK from nothing, (when they come here they don’t have any wealth or money). Most refugees with work permission are working in places with minimum wage and it will take several years to afford to buy a house or maybe never can buy a house. It is vital to raise awareness of distitution and poverty among asylum seekers.

To learn more about this talk and to attend, please email Community@rst.org.uk