To mark London Challenge Poverty Week individuals and organisations are contributing blogs, publishing new research and carrying out lots of creative projects to raise awareness and spark debate. We are gathering them together here for you to explore.

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Research and Briefings

Poverty amongst older Londoners: new research from Age UK London

Age UK London have published data showing that poverty rates for over 50s are significantly higher in London compared with the rest of the country. The figures show that 25% of older Londoners live in poverty, compared to 18% in the rest of England.

New briefing from 4in10 on the impact of the Cost-of-Living Crisis on London’s Children

4in10 London’ Child Poverty Network has published a short briefing looking at the impact of the Cost-of-Living crisis on London’s children. It draws together research findings to show how, unless urgent action is taken many more children will be drawn into poverty.

London Youth: a snapshot of London’s youth sector

What London’s youth workers are saying about the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on their sector and what needs to be done to keep youth services doors open and lights on.

Home Start London: new research

Home Start London have released new research about the impact the cost-of-living crisis is having on families with young children living in London.

Trust for Londonupdated Poverty Profile

Trust for London have updated London’s Poverty Profile with new tools. For each borough you can now compare performance on key poverty indicators to London and England averages and download quick Borough Profiles summarising key stats and indicators

Blogs and Reflections

Blog – The WHAM Project

Dr Guddi Singh, Paediatrician and WHAM co-founder, has written a blog for London Challenge Poverty Week looking at what doctors working on the frontline can do to tackle poverty

Blogs – Leaders Unlocked

Two of the young leaders at @LeadersUnlocked have written powerful blog pieces on the reality of poverty, here in the UK:

Blog – St Michael’s Fellowship

St Michael’s staff member Ann-Marie describes seeing the ever-increasing impact of the cost-of-living crisis on families she supports, as a slow-motion car crash.

Blog – What Can We Learn From Zakat to Fight Poverty in London

Event Summary – North East Child Poverty Commission and 4in10 webinar on “Why tackling poverty is central to leveling up”

Centre for London’s blog includes ideas for working together and reducing stigma from anti-poverty campaigners – insights from a private roundtable with the Zakat Foundation.

North East Child Poverty Commission and 4in10 teamed up to host an online webinar on ‘why tackling poverty is central to levelling up’. Read the event summary and watch the recording here.

Creative Activities

Art Exhibition – Solace Women’s Aid

Dance – Barking and Dagenham Youth Dance

Visit the Solace Women’s Aid online art exhibition to see the amazing paintings created by children and families living in refuges, inspired by the city, to mark London Challenge Poverty Week 2022.

Barking and Dagenham Youth Dance (BDYD) use dance and culture to explore issues around knife and gang crime and it’s relation to poverty.