Backing Challenge Poverty Week in Angus

Friday 2 October 2020

We are backing Challenge Poverty Week with a range of online events and awareness raising sessions to highlight the support available for people living with or facing poverty.

Challenge Poverty Week, which runs from Monday 5 October to Sunday 11 October, is a national campaign run by the Poverty Alliance to show that poverty exists in Scotland and affects us all.

We will be promoting information and resources through our social media channels throughout the week, including news about what we've been doing to support children and families recently, while the Welfare Rights Team will highlight various resources and advice available for people living on a low income. Colleagues in the Public Health Tayside team share news about their Community Cook It initiative and a new Get Nourished advice line to make sure everyone in Angus can access healthy and nutritious food.

Staff will be taking part in various events to understand and learn more about different approaches and resources available to help combat poverty and raise awareness of the positive action people can take to improve their lives.

Mark Armstrong, Chair of the Child Poverty Local Action Group and Depute Chief Executive Angus Council said “Covid-19 has meant we haven’t been able to see many of the children, young people and families we would usually see on a regularly basis. Working with our partners we’ve had to look at changing and redesigning services to ensure families can still access them in a way that works for them.

“This week gives us the chance to share some of the work already underway to support children and families in Angus, including initiatives which saw £114,500 given out in school grants to support food insecurities in school and provide outdoor clothing, a one-off direct payment in September and further direct payments in October to families and 1,200 free memberships for the social supermarket in Forfar.

“Child poverty is a priority of the Angus Community Planning Partnership. The work we are doing is not just for Challenge Poverty Week but throughout the coming years ensuring we deliver on our vision to make Angus a great place to live, work and visit.”

The partners working with us on Challenge Poverty Week include Education Scotland, ANGUSalive, NHS Tayside, The Poverty Alliance, Social Campaign on Rights to Social Security, Social Security Scotland, Voluntary Health Scotland and Energy Saving Trust.