London Challenge Poverty Week

14 - 20 October 2019

Let's sort it out ↡

What Is It?

London Challenge Poverty Week (October 14 – 20) is an opportunity for you to raise your voice against poverty and show what needs to be done to sort it out.

You can support the week by speaking out and taking part in events. Find details of activities and materials to share below.

Why?

In London, we believe in protecting and taking care of each other, but the scale of poverty is damaging our shared values of compassion and justice. So during this week people across the capital will be joining forces to highlight the reality of poverty in the capital as well as the great work being done to loosen the grip that poverty has on London families.

It’s not right how low-paid and insecure work, high housing costs and our social security system are locking people into poverty.

Nobody wants to live in a society where parents have to turn to foodbanks to feed their children, but for lots of families in our city, this is a reality every day.

It doesn’t have to be like this though. Everyone, from national and local governments and the Mayor, to employers and local communities, has a role to play.

Together, we can build an economy and create a city that works for everyone, that gives them a decent life.

We’ve made progress in tackling poverty before, let’s do it again. Let’s sortitout… together.

#LDNChallengePoverty #sortitout

Activities

There are many events you can take part in. If the choice is too much, use the search button to show them by theme, and find what is best for you.

CPAG and Tower Hamlets Universal Credit report launch

Monday 14th October, 08.30am. CPAG and Tower Hamlets launch their Universal Credit report.

Understanding Poverty and Social Rights through Lived Experience

Monday 14th October, all day. Hosted jointly by ATD Fourth World, Just Fair and Amnesty International UK, this conference will bring together lived experience, research, policy, and practice perspectives on understanding and addressing poverty from across the country. For more information and to book your place, please see: here

Citizens Advice Westminster Advice Shop

Monday 14th of October, 1:30pm - 4pm at Beethoven Community Centre. Free information and advice service for Westminster residents, or those who are homeless. Get help with benefits and income maximisation; debt and money advice; housing and homelessness; health and community care; employment; immigration and nationality; consumer issues; and crime and noise problems. For more information, please see: here

St Luke’s Community Centre “Monday Meet-up Café" launch

Monday 14th October, 6-8pm. Launching on Monday evening at Central Street Café we will offer free cuppas and friendly chat with locals at our new Monday meet-up cafe. It’s a chance for local residents to meet their neighbours and socialise with friends at our community hub. We are combining forces with Food Drop to offer food at the meet-ups. All welcome!

London Councils Local Welfare Assistance Schemes event

Tuesday 15th October, 9am - 10:30am. This event is for members only. Please contact Sam.Ashton@londoncouncils.gov.uk for more information.

Shelter Information and Advice Pop Up

Tuesday 15th October 2019 from 10:30am to 3:30pm. For London Challenge Poverty Week Shelter will be holding pop up advice and information sessions in the community at 2 of our Shelter Shops. You will be able to speak to an adviser about a wide range of housing and homelessness issues, from unaffordable housing costs to debt to help with landlord disputes and tenancies, and also find out more about Shelter and the work we do.

Shelter Information and Advice Pop Up

Tuesday 15th October 2019 from 10:30am to 3:30pm. For London Challenge Poverty Week Shelter will be holding pop up advice and information sessions in the community at 2 of our Shelter Shops. You will be able to speak to an adviser about a wide range of housing and homelessness issues, from unaffordable housing costs to debt to help with landlord disputes and tenancies, and also find out more about Shelter and the work we do.

Shelter Housing and Homelessness Workshop for students of Petchey Academy

On 15th October 2019 Shelter will be hosting year 12 and year 13 students of Petchey Academy to talk about about housing and homelessness in the London Borough of Hackney. This is a closed event.

Shelter Service User Group

On 15th October 2019 people with lived experience of homelessness, housing issues and/or poverty will meet at our hub to speak about the housing crisis and the challenges they have faced. This session is for our service user involvement group only.

Citizens Advice Westminster Advice Shop

Tuesday 15th of October, 5:30pm - 7pm at Citizens Advice Westminster. Free information and advice service for Westminster residents, or those who are homeless. Get help with benefits and income maximisation; debt and money advice; housing and homelessness; health and community care; employment; immigration and nationality; consumer issues; and crime and noise problems. For more information, please see: here

London Housing Financial Inclusion Group - Filling the pantry

Wednesday 16th October 10am - 1pm. Food Poverty roundtable to share best practice and explore potential partnerships.

London Good Work Commision - Poverty and bad work report launch

Wednesday 16th October 11:30am - 1pm. London Good Work Commission is launching its final report on poverty and bad work. The roundtable is by invitation only but if you'd like to attend please email Rayhan Haque (rayhan@londonplus.org).

Journey to Justice - Poverty Injustice, We Can Make a Difference

Wednesday 16th October 7pm - 9pm. The event will focus on addressing human rights and attitudes related to economic injustice and the causes and consequences of poverty. Speakers include Amina Gichinga, (London Renters Union) Diana Skelton and Jean Stallings (ATD Fourth World), and Luke Aaron, Drama School student at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and outdoor instructor from the Forest of Dean. For more information and to book your place, please see: here

LCPA & Childhood Trust London Child Poverty Summit

Thursday 17th October 9am - 5pm. With a packed agenda of great speakers including the Children's Commissioner for England and London's Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement this year’s summit will explore the causes, consequences and solutions for child poverty. The event is an open forum to share and discuss the experiences of child poverty and consider best practice from across the capital alongside experts by experience, frontline project workers, third sector leaders and other stakeholders. For more information and to book your place, please see: here

Citizens Advice Westminster Advice Shop

Thursday 17th of October, 10:30am - 12:30am at Church Street Library. Free information and advice service for Westminster residents, or those who are homeless. Get help with benefits and income maximisation; debt and money advice; housing and homelessness; health and community care; employment; immigration and nationality; consumer issues; and crime and noise problems. For more information, please see: here

Save the Children - Early years in London event

Friday 18th October 09:30am – 1:15pm. Launching their new report, ‘How are you meant to help?’ which shines a light on lower income, London parents’ experiences of supporting their children’s early learning. The report also includes parents' recommendations on what would better support them. The Greater London Authority, Coram Family and Childcare, parents and practitioners will be joining us to talk about their work and add their voices to the discussion of how we can work alongside parents to collectively make a positive and lasting change for children in London. For more information and to book your place, please see: here

Toynbee Hall - Co-producing solutions to poverty

Friday 18th October 09:45am – 3pm. Come and join colleagues and community members to co-design key principles of co-production For more information and to book your place, please see: here

Citizens Advice Westminster Advice Shop

Friday 18th of October, 10am - 12am at Churchill Gardens Residents Hall. Free information and advice service for Westminster residents, or those who are homeless. Get help with benefits and income maximisation; debt and money advice; housing and homelessness; health and community care; employment; immigration and nationality; consumer issues; and crime and noise problems. For more information, please see: here

ATD Fourth World - Walk in Bermondsey

Saturday 19th October. On Saturday 19th October, 12:30 pm, at the statues of Ada and Alfred Salter on Bermondsey Wall East (SE16 4NB), people with lived experience of poverty will speak about the challenges they face and about what gives them hope. At 3 pm, all are invited to ATD Fourth World at 48 Addington Square for a performance by the Journeymen Theatre about Ada Salter's work to overcome poverty. For more information, please email Diana Skelton (atd@atd-uk.org).

Resources

London Challenge Poverty Week Poster

Please put up this poster to share news of London Challenge Poverty week!

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London Challenge Poverty Week Leaflet

Please use this leaflet to share information about the week!

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If you are interested in using the activity pack, please email us, it will be published here soon!

Who we are

London Challenge Poverty Week is being coordinated by 4in10:London’s Child Poverty Network

With a steering group featuring

  • ATD Fourth World
  • CPAG
  • Trust for London
  • LB of Tower Hamlets
  • Little Village
  • Shelter
  • Save the Children
  • Sustain UK
  • Just Fair
  • Poverty Alliance
  • London Child Poverty Alliance
  • On Road Media

and support from many other organisations who work alongside low income families in the capital.

If you are struggling at the moment please turn to Citizens Advice, StepChange or Shelter for advice.

Supporters of the week include: