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Challenge Poverty Week

Posted 30th Sep 2022 · News

Station House Media Unit (shmu), ACVO, CFINE and Abernecessities have joined forces as part of Challenge Poverty week (3rd – 9th October) and are calling for positive action based on social justice and compassion to turn the tide of poverty in people’s lives.

The four local third sector organisations have created films showcasing how low income and access to fair pay, high cost of living, and lack of access to help and services that people need, are affecting thousands of households across the region.

The event will be held at The Belmont Filmhouse at 10 am on the 3rd of October and is part of Challenge Poverty Week.

Challenge Poverty Week is a chance to highlight the injustice of poverty in Scotland, and to celebrate the people and projects that are standing together to turn the tide against it.

The Scotland-wide campaign is designed to highlight that too many people are living with the constant pressure of living in poverty and are calling for action based on justice and compassion to turn the tide of poverty in people’s lives.

In Aberdeen more than one fifth of children are currently living in poverty with Abernecessities witnessing a 900 % increase in referrals for their services.

Chief Executive of shmu Murray Dawson said: “Events like these are vitally important because it provides a space to bring people together; hearing from those most affected and sharing valuable resources and ideas on how we can best support those in our communities. We hope lots of local people will come along to our event to find out how we can challenge poverty together.”

Chief Executive of CFINE, Fiona Rae said: “There is a significant increase in the demand for CFINE’s services, which we expect to rise over the coming winter period. We are currently distributing approx. 2,300 food parcels per month; this has DOUBLED in the last six months. We are also seeing an increase in the demand for our community pantries and SAFE Team service, which supports people to navigate the welfare system by ensuring they are claiming the benefits they are entitled to. Challenge Poverty Week is incredibly important, and we hope this event highlights the work going on in our communities to help tackle poverty and ensure people know about the support services available to them.

Abernecessities Founder, Danielle Flecher-Horn said: “Challenge Poverty Week is an opportunity for everyone to work together as a collective and shine a light on child poverty across the North-East. Sadly, poverty levels have deepened significantly because of the pandemic and the current cost of living crisis; adding to the complexity and urgency of our work which, is all the more important given more families and children are being plunged into poverty. AberNecessities is driven by the desire to encourage care and kindness, creating an environment where all children have equal opportunity to grow, develop and thrive. Together, we believe we can bring about great change. "

For more information contact Lucy Stroud, Communications Officer, Station House Media Unit (shmu) lucy.stroud@shmu.org.uk or 079 56 524 715