Campaign week to challenge poverty
Anti-poverty groups from across the country are coming together to call for more compassion to break the grip of poverty on people’s lives.
Challenge Poverty Week, organised by the Poverty Alliance, is being held from 7 to 13 October. The Scotland-wide campaign aims to show how low incomes, high living costs, lack of decent jobs, and lack of access to help and services are affecting thousands of households.
“Poverty restricts people’s lives in many different ways,” explained Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Councillor Russell Imrie. “Too many people are trapped in its grip. The aim of this week of events is to help raise awareness and turn compassion into action. By doing more to boost incomes and reduce living costs, we can help combat poverty and the detrimental impact it has on countless families.”
Midlothian Council will be supporting Challenge Poverty Week with a week-long social media campaign highlighting the scale of the problem and some of the action being taken to help tackle the effects of poverty on local households.
A community conversation, organised by Poverty Alliance, is planned for 11am on Wednesday 9 October at the Gorebridge Beacon. This is an opportunity to help people affected by poverty get their voices heard on the policies and decisions that most impact on their lives. The event will include information stalls from Social Security Scotland, VOCAL, Early Years, NHS and Money Matters. Why not drop in between 11am and 2pm to see what support is available locally?