2021 Story

London Challenge Poverty Week 2021 is underway! This page shows of the some activities, campaigns and work from brilliant, London-based organisations and groups – all raising their voice for a #PovertyFreeLondon this October.

Flying Against Gravity’ Report

A new report, commissioned by 4in10 and the GLA, highlights the reality of poverty in London in 2021 and most importantly, the desire of Londoners to change this.

Dance – Barking and Dagenham Youth Dance

A fantastic and thought provoking dance by young people, the piece of work encapsulates the thoughts and perceptions of young people growing up in a city with high levels of poverty.

Online art exhibition

Solace Women’s Aid have launched an online art exhibition. Women and children from refuges in London have created amazing artwork on the theme of ‘Living in London’. Keep an eye on their Twitter feed at noon every day this week to see more.

Virtual protest – South London Refugee Association

SLRA have created their very own ‘virtual’ protest, taking their message to a different central London location each day.

Launch of mentoring programmes

ADANNA Women’s Support Group has set up a mentoring programme for women called ‘Women to Women Mentoring’ to help women to enhance their skills and be able to further advance in their careers or to re-start their careers. There is also a separate programme for girls called ‘Big Sister’.

Food Growing Workshops for families in October

Lewisham Local and partners are hosting a range of free activities related to food-growing across Lewisham in October Half-term and beyond. All the activities provide a free lunch and are aimed at families who are on a low-income.

New bitesize podcasts

In these new bitesize podcasts from St Michael’s Fellowship, the team share some of their stories and insights into how poverty affects the parents they are working with. 

New report

London Calling: “Stretched too far”

On Friday 15 October CPAG launched this new report, pulling together the views and experiences shared by parents and young people in the capital during the first year of the London Calling project. It looks at the key barriers to a good quality of life for children and families living on a low income in London in 2021

Reflecting on Little Village’s role in the Afghan refugee crisis

Sophie Livingstone MBE, Chief Executive, Little Village puts pen to paper on the shocking developments in Afghanistan and how Little Village supported refugee families and children in London.

The Poverty Trap and Why So Many Families Can’t Get Out – Little Village

Sophia Moreau, Head of Advocacy and Communications at Little Village discusses the various pathways to parents being pulled into poverty and how Little Village seek to prevent those pathways.

Precarious work is a huge contributor to in-work poverty 

Emma McClelland, from the Works Rights Centre explains the impact that precarious work has, predominantly on women and migrant workers.

Making the case for London

In this blog Manny Hothi, Chief Executive of Trust for London, explores what ‘levelling up’ really means for our city, & how low-income Londoners shouldn’t be left behind

Tackling digital poverty among older Londoners

Maureen Childs writes about the increasing number of older people faced with a choice between eating and data and efforts to end data poverty.

Families in London are at the epicentre of the housing emergency

This blog from Shelter London takes an in-depth look at why the housing emergency in London is so pronounced and what can be done to help.

Tackling food poverty in South London

Be Enriched’s Founder and CEO Kemi Akinola sets out the work the organisation does to address food poverty in South London-based, using food to bring joy and connection to the socially excluded, develop skills in young people, build communities and grow future generations