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.

Scotland-wide campaign

Challenge Poverty Week, organised by the Poverty Alliance, is being held from 4 to 10 October. The Scotland-wide campaign is designed to highlight that poverty is a problem we can solve, and to showcase solutions that everyone can get behind. 

Unite against poverty

“Far too many people in this country are trapped in the grip of poverty,” explained Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Councillor Russell Imrie. “Challenge Poverty Week is an opportunity for everyone to raise their voice against poverty and unite with others in calling for a more just and equal Scotland. 

Redesign economy

“In planning our economic recovery, we need to redesign our economy to reflect our shared values of justice and compassion," added Councillor Imrie. "This means doing more to boost people’s incomes, reduce the cost of living, and create the just and green Scotland we all want to see.”     

Special events

Midlothian Council will be supporting Challenge Poverty Week with a series of special events and courses:

  • Shop Cook Eat 4 Less - learn more about this 6-week programme that looks at making food and money go further, Tuesday 5 Oct 2021 at 12:30
  • Get Ready for Change - learn more about this 6-week programme that covers things like job searching, interview skills, courses, training and lots more, Wednesday 6 Oct 2021 at 10:00
  • Child Poverty and Cost of the School Day - come and find out more about the cost of the school day and the impact on families, Thursday 7 Oct 2021 at 18:00
  • A Good Time to Be 2 and Social Security - find out more about 1140 hours funded childcare for eligible 2 year olds in Midlothian as well as the 5 Family Benefits available from Social Security Scotland, including the Scottish Child Payment, Friday 8 Oct 2021 at 10:00
  • Learn and Grow in Nature - come and find out more about the Grow and Learn in Nature programme and opportunities for food growing, Friday 8 Oct 2021 at 12:00

How to book

Get involved

Find out more throughout the week on this website, or visit:

30 Sep 2021