Daily blog about poverty and families, and social media campaign

Date: October 7, 2019
Time: 9:00 am  to  12:00 am

Parenting across Scotland

Parenting across Scotland (PAS) is a partnership of children’s charities and adult relationship organisations working together for families and children in Scotland.

PAS is participating on Challenge Poverty Week by running a social media campaign linking to articles and information about poverty written by our partners (Families Outside, Aberlour, OPFS, Relationships Scotland, Contact, Children in Scotland) and others. We are asking organisations and individuals to retweet PAS tweets over this time. We are publishing a blog a day over this period about families in poverty and about the effect poverty has on the lives of families.

We will be encouraging our partner organisations to share our content with their audiences and will tag organisations and individuals as appropriate. Our handle is @ScotParents.

To find out more and see their blogs, check their website and follow them on twitter.

Video series, blogs and social media campaign on child poverty

Date: October 7, 2019
Time: 9:00 am  to  5:00 pm

Children in Scotland 

Children in Scotland will be tweeting through the week and publishing the following content:

  • A video of young people from the Young Movers (Easterhouse) talking about their experience of poverty and food insecurity – 5 clips shared daily, with the full film shared on Saturday 12th
  • A 25 Calls campaign response on poverty from Jen Gracie at CPAG (Wednesday 9)
  • A blog by Neil Orr, manager of our food programme, about food insecurity (Thursday 10)
  • Re-sharing of 25 Calls campaign calls about poverty, and a response from Poverty Alliance, through the week
  • Re-tweets and shares of partners’ content.

To learn more, please follow their twitter, and check their website.

Kevin Stewart MSP visits local foodbank in Aberdeen

Date: October 7, 2019
Time: 9:00 am  to  5:00 pm

Kevin Stewart MSP and CFINE foodbank

Kevin Stewart MSP will be visiting CFINE, a foodbank in Aberdeen, on Monday 7th October.

For more information, please email Ruairidh Mackenzie Ruairidh.Mackenzie@parliament.scot

Blog about Citizen’s Basic Income feasibility study in Scotland with early findings

Date: October 7, 2019
Time: 9:00 am  to  5:00 pm

The Steering Group for the Scottish Citizen’s Basic Income Feasibility Study

The Steering Group for the Scottish Citizen’s Basic Income Feasibility Study are publishing a blog on Monday 7th October.

The Citizen’s Basic Income (CBI) Feasibility Study Steering Group are currently exploring the feasibility of basic income pilots in Scotland. The Steering Group partners include: Fife Council, City of Edinburgh Council, North Ayrshire Council, Glasgow City Council, NHS Health Scotland, Improvement Service and Scottish Government. All partners are committed to exploring the potential of basic income to reduce poverty in Scotland.

The CBI Steering Group are publishing a blog during Challenge Poverty Week which gives an update on research undertaken so far and notes the forthcoming release of a report on the interim feasibility study findings.

To access the content, visit: https://basicincome.scot/ or follow on Twitter @BasicIncomeScot

Allan’s Primary School week of events

Date: October 7, 2019
Time: 9:00 am  to  12:00 am

Allan’s Primary School

Allan’s Primary School will be delivering a workshop to their Parent Council and Equity Group as part of Challenge Poverty Week. They will also do a themed assembly for pupils, presenting about poverty.

To learn more, please follow them on twitter.

Forth Community Resource Centre: Bring along a can Week

Date: October 7, 2019
Time: 9:00 am  to  12:00 am

Forth Community Resource Centre and South Lanarkshire Partnership


Forth Community Resource Centre provide a range of services and resources that can help to alleviate poverty for those in rural South Lanarkshire including help to get online , with benefit enquiries and jobsearch.  To mark Challenge Poverty week the centre are raising awareness of food poverty through a  Bring –along –a –can Week . They also welcome all to a  ‘ walk with Us ‘event from Forth Sports Centre at 1pm on Wednesday 9th October and a coffee morning and quiz on Thursday 10th October from 9am to 11am.

Ayrshire College Society Matters Campaign

Date: October 7, 2019
Time: 9:00 am  to  5:00 pm

Ayrshire College

Ayrshire College Social Science students will be holding a series of events across our 3 campuses for Challenge Poverty Week, as part of their #societymatters campaign.
Activities include anti-poverty protest posters which will be displayed across all college campuses to highlight the extent of poverty and raise awareness of the different types of poverty people experience and groups impacted by these.

Students in Kilmarnock campus will be creating foodbank awareness leaflets, to highlight the increase in the use of these, the rise of those in employment using them, and the information of how to access the local foodbanks.

Kilwinning campus students are creating a survey to find out if students and the local community are aware of different types of poverty and the extent to which these exist in UK society.

The Ayr campus students will be holding a conversation cafe facilitated by students exploring the impact of different types of poverty.

To find out more, please email Elaine Zenati elaine.zenati@ayrshire.ac.uk

Awareness raising campaign on union learning and poverty

Date: October 7, 2019
Time: 9:00 am  to  5:00 pm

Scottish Union Learning

Scottish Union Learning supports trade unions in accessing skills and lifelong learning opportunities for our members that contribute to collective success, fairness and equality, for workers across Scotland. As part of Challenge Poverty Week, we will be providing information and case studies around the importance of union learning in helping people in poverty, as well as union learning’s role in preventing people from falling into poverty. Scottish Union Learning will be covering a range of topics including literacy and numeracy skills, digital skills, modern apprenticeships, Fair Work, and young workers. We plan to circulate information around these topics during Challenge Poverty Week, and you can keep up-to-date via our twitter – @unionlearning – or visit our website at www.scottishunionlearning.com.

Clackmannanshire’s Inclusive Growth Summit: Transforming the life chances of our poorest children

Date: October 7, 2019
Time: 9:30 am  to  3:30 pm

The Clackmannanshire Alliance

Alloa Town Hall

The Clackmannanshire Alliance is hosting a conference on Monday 7th October which will launch a week of events and activities on Child Poverty and Inclusive Growth as part of ‘Challenge Poverty Week’ from 7-11th October.

Hear from speakers who are experts in their field and reflect on national policy, learning and good practice. Participants will also choose from one of three interactive breakout sessions to take a deeper dive into local opportunities and support for action.

Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/clackmannanshires-inclusive-growth-summit-transforming-the-whole-life-chances-of-our-poorest-tickets-73806833225

Blog & social media: Using the Young Scot National Entitlement Card to improve the health and wellbeing of young people facing inequalities

Date: October 7, 2019
Time: 10:00 am  to  10:00 am

Young Scot

A year ago, Young Scot launched the ‘Attainment Challenge Partnership. This ground-breaking project used the Young Scot Card to give young people extra entitlements including travel tickets, holiday food provision, access to leisure activities, and help to reduce the cost of the school day. These entitlements were selected as they are known to improve health and wellbeing – drivers to improving attainment, reducing inequality and challenging rural poverty.

To learn more, email Beth Hayton at BethH@young.scot