Voluntary Action Scotland has today added its support to the Challenge Poverty Week campaign which runs from the 14th to 20th October. The week long call to action on tackling poverty is being co-ordinated by the Poverty Alliance and is bringing together a wide range of third sector partners behind five key messages:
– Poverty is a real problem in Scotland, affecting large and growing numbers of people;
– Wide inequalities between groups and individuals damage our whole society;
– Poverty is created by the decisions we make as a society;
– People living on low incomes have a voice and should be heard;
– Change is possible!
The campaign aims to bring to public attention the reality of poverty in Scotland, showing the impact of poverty on individuals and communities and address the stereotypes that exist about poverty. It will also look to highlight the work being done by communities to address poverty and the continuing challenges they face.
The Poverty Alliance have organised a number of events, provided a host of materials and proffered suggestions on campaign activities, all of which can be found on the Challenge Poverty Week webpage at http://povertyalliance.org/challenge_poverty/aims.
VAS is encouraging all TSIs, community groups and individuals to get involved in this campaign. VAS and TSIs have an important role to play in challenging poverty and speaking up for a fairer society where change is possible.
For up to date information on Challenge Poverty Week follow @CPW_Scotland on Twitter