What’s On?

London Challenge Poverty Week 2021 has officially finished!

This page lists all the events and activities that took place during London Challenge Poverty Week 11th – 17th October. There were many more throughout the month of October, so you can also search the hashtag #LDNChallengePoverty to find even more activities, ideas and campaigns which took place and which you might be interested in.

Has this page inspired you? Take a look at our Get Involved Guide’! to take a look at how you could get involved in 2022.

If you are thinking about planning an event or activity for next year, please email us at 4in10team@childrenengland.org.uk we may be able to offer hands on support and guidance.

Monday 11th October

4in10, Greater London Authority and ClearView Research

Launch of new research into Londoners’ attitudes to poverty

10:00 – 11:00 | ONLINE

Just Fair and Social Rights Alliance:

Using Human Rights As A Tool To Tackle Poverty

13:00 – 15:00 | ONLINE

Broad Bikez

Open Day DIY Cylcle Repair

13:00 – 19:00 | Hackney

Tuesday 12th October

Repowering London & Thames Water

Essential training workshop for those supporting debt advice and income maximisation

14:00 – 15.30 | ONLINE

Wednesday 13th October

Newham Social Welfare Alliance and

Anti-Poverty Alliance:

Introduction To A New Social Welfare Alliance Training Programme

10:00 – 11:30 | ONLINE


A Healthy Start For all Londoners

10:00 – 12:00 | ONLINE

4in10 and London Councils

National Problem – Local Solutions: Tackling Poverty In London Boroughs

12:00 – 13:00 | ONLINE

Commission On Social Security

A preview of the Commission on Social Security’s proposals for a better benefits system

14:00 – 15:30 | ONLINE (hosted by Toynbee Hall)

Red Roots Incubator

Unite4Change – creative explorations of the young people’s livelihood through Comics, Podcast and Film

15:30 – 18:30 | Dalston Den, 89A Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB


Youth Walk + Online Activities

Thursday 14th October

The Childhood Trust and London Child Poverty Alliance

London Child Poverty Summit

9:30 – 17:30 | Regent Hall, 275 Oxford Street, London, W1C 2DJ

Newham Council

The Impact of COVID on Young Families in Newham

10:30 – 12:00 | ONLINE

Newham Council

London’s Poverty Profile

13:00 – 14:00 | ONLINE


Food Power: Lessons learnt for London and beyond

14:00 – 15:30 | ONLINE

ATD Fourth World

Anti-Poverty Poetry Jam

17:00 – 19:30 | Hub 67, 67 Rothbury Road, Hackney Wick, E9 5HA

Friday 15th October

Resources For Autism

Raising A Disabled Child: Impact On Income and Employment

11:00 | ONLINE

Child Poverty Action Group


A webinar on the experiences of low income families in London during the Covid-19 pandemic

12:30 – 13:30 | ONLINE

Homestart Ealing

Online Cooking and Nutrition Event


Sunday 17th October: United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

#Collective Collection

Workshops on Seed Sowing, Seed Harvesting and Growing your own at home

13:00 – 14:00 & 14:00 – 15:00 | ITAL Garden 75 Firhill Road (at the black gate next to this address),

ATD Fourth World

Anti-poverty Poetry Jam

17:00 – 19:00 | ONLINE

Activities Across The Week

Adanna Women’s Support Group

Mentoring Programme Launch

In In the heart of London Challenge Poverty Week 2021, Adanna Women’s Support Group are launching a new mentoring programme for Black girls aged 13 – 16 in Redbridge, Barking, Dagenham and Newham..

Barking and Dagenham Youth Dance


Young people are thinking about what poverty means to families and children through 3 questions:

What do you think of poverty?

What are the issues around poverty?

What does not having enough money mean to families and children?

They will then write, choreograph and film the results so the voices of young people can be heard during LCPW.

Bin Knives Save Lives

Publicity Week

Publicity week on link between poverty and knife crime



Commissioning a series of infographics to draw attention to single-parent families during London Challenge Poverty Week. These will be specially designed social media assets and very eye-catching!

Lewisham Local

Food Growing Workshops

Lewisham Covid Food Providers Network participants will learn about where our food comes from, how to grow food and forage, and connect with the local natural environment as a longer-term solution to addressing food insecurity.

Lewisham Local are running five food-growing related workshops for families to tackle holiday hunger throughout October. These workshops will take place at green sites across the borough and include a free meal for participants. The workshops aim to benefit 100 people (20 adults and children at each workshop), including refugees, asylum seekers and families on low incomes. AFRIL, Grow Lewisham and Wild Cat Wilderness will also be offering gardening, foraging, campfire cooking, and pizza making.

St Michael’s Fellowship

Podcast and Shared Meals

Creating a podcast specifically about young fatherhood and poverty, and asking parents to produce some poetry or artwork. They will also be holding some shared meal sessions with children and parents and will film these as families talking about how living on a low income affects them.

Universal Ease To Redress

Open Day

Holding an open day with new migrant volunteers to showcase their work in the community.

Poplar HARCA

Food Drive

Supporting their local community by hosting a food drive. Donations can be dropped off at Poplar Union or any one of their community centres between 11 to 15 October.

Bromley by Bow Centre

Advice workshops

The energy advice team are running four workshops in various Tower Hamlets locations in conjunction with Poplar Harca Housing Association. These will provide tips and advice about energy saving information, reducing energy bills and provide demonstrations on better management of utility costs.