Backing Challenge Poverty Week 2021 in Angus

Friday 1 October 2021

We are backing Challenge Poverty Week with a range of online training and awareness raising workshops to highlight the support available for people living with or facing poverty, with a focus on co-ordinating and developing services that meets the needs of people facing poverty in Angus.

Challenge Poverty Week, which runs from Monday 4 October to Sunday 10 October, is a national campaign run by the Poverty Alliance to show that poverty exists in Scotland and affects us all.

The Angus Child Poverty Working Group is keen to build on recent work to gather the views of local people so they can understand the issues that people are facing by bringing local people and services together for a cuppa and blether on Wednesday 6 October at various venues across Angus.

Time: 9.30am till 12pm. Refreshments will be provided.

  • Arbroath Academy Community Wing, Glenisla Drive, Arbroath, DD11 5JD
  • Montrose Road Centre, Montrose Road, Forfar, DD8 2HT
  • The Crickety, Caldhame Place, Brechin, DD9 7EA
  • Carnoustie West End Bowling Club, 57A Kinloch Street, Carnoustie

If you have an interest in poverty and inequality or know someone or support someone who does, then please sign up to one of our local events by emailing Communityplanning@angus.gov.uk Please indicate which of the venues noted below you would like to attend.  Due to Covid restrictions places are limited to 10 per area so will be given on first come basis. 

What else is happening during Challenge Poverty Week

Video message from Mark Armstrong 

Mark Armstrong, Chair of the Child Poverty Local Action Group and Depute Chief Executive Angus Council shares the priority for the Community Planning Partnership Group to eliminate child poverty across communities and families in Angus.

Kirriemuir Fire Station – 4 to 8 October, 11.30-13.30

Kirriemuir Fire Station will be open to raise awareness surrounding poverty. This is an inclusive opportunity for people to come meet their local fire fighters, have a look at the fire engine and get some fire safety advice. 

Kirriemuir crews running an open station all week for Challenge poverty week, you can receive a bite to eat while on station and also a few support groups from Angus council and charities coming along to speak to people.

Carnoustie Fire Station – 4 to 8 October, 09.30-11.30

Carnoustie Fire Station will be open to raise awareness surrounding poverty. This is an inclusive opportunity for people to come meet their local fire fighters, have a look at the fire engine and get some fire safety advice. 

They'll be giving out breakfast packs, clothing and have a few support groups from Angus council and charities coming along to speak to people.

Arbroath Fire Station – 5 to 8 October, 10.30-12.30

Arbroath Fire Station will be open to raise awareness surrounding poverty. This is an inclusive opportunity for people to come meet their local fire fighters, have a look at the fire engine and get some fire safety advice. 

They'll be handing out soup bags, nappies, baby wipes etc kindly donated from Morrisons. Also, offering the opportunity for people to pop down and get information on how they can get help but also how they can help. Various local charities and Angus Council support groups will be in attendance.

Free bus travel

From Saturday 2 – 17 October Angus Council is providing free bus travel throughout Angus (including travel to and from Dundee) for:

  • all children under 12 accompanied by one adult
  • young people who have a National Entitlement/Young Scot Card

Your digital bus pass will be sent out via group call no later than Friday 1st October.

ASN taxi provision and access to activities

Find out more about accessing transport and other opportunities for children with additional support needs.

October Holiday ASN offer
Find out more on our October Holiday webpage.

Other useful information

Use our Online Benefit Calculator to help you find out what benefits you can claim.

Our Budgeting tool helps you create your own personal budget plan.

Visit our benefits and entitlements   webpage to claim or apply for benefits.  

Contact our welfare rights advisors for free confidential help and advice. www.angus.gov.uk/welfarerights

Our Skills Team offer a variety of training opportunities within Angus for those looking to gain sustained employment. They may also be able to assist with short term funding for vocational training or childcare costs. We offer support and guidance to those recently made redundant due to COVID-19.

Find out more about the no-one left behind initiative which offers employability support for people leaving school to those up to 67 years old.