Challenge Poverty Week 2023

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Dundee City Council is once again supporting Challenge Poverty Week with a range of activities happening across the city. 

Challenge Poverty Week (2nd-8th October) is a Scottish-wide campaign that aims to highlight that too many people are living in poverty and showcase the positive action that is being taken to combat this.

Each day throughout the week we will be hosting our own information events, as well as highlighting organisations and local actions which help alleviate the negative effects of living with limited resources.    

The events this week include a ‘Mend Your Own Clothes’ workshop with Faith in the Community Dundee at the Maxwell Centre, a Cost of Living advice drop-in at the West Housing Office and a housing issues advice drop-in hosted by Hillcrest Housing Association at Stobswell Connect.

This year the events have spread beyond the 7 days with events happening before and after Challenge Poverty Week. The week was officially kicked off on Saturday (30th) with a Give and Take Community Morning at Morgan academy which included activities, live music, refreshments and various stalls with advice and support. 

Council spokesperson for Fairness and Wellbeing, Councillor Siobhan Tolland, said: “We are fully committed as a Council to support those who need help. I am under no illusions that far too many people in the city are in poverty, especially with the rise in the cost of living. 

“It is vital that we shine a light on the organisations across the city who are tackling poverty so people can get the help they need. Over the week I will be visiting some of the events as well as following along with what is happening on social media.”

More information about how the Council supports Challenge Poverty Week and a calendar of events can be found on our website.
Councillor Tolland added: “Of course, while I’m pleased that the Council is supporting Challenge Poverty Week again this year, the sad reality is that challenging poverty is something we need to do all year round. As a society we must strive every day to remove poverty and make the changes we need in order to do this.” 

"We must also remove the stigma and isolation of poverty. We encourage you to use the support available. You can get help with food, energy and advise on any benefits you may be entitled to. The Council and its partners are here to help.”

For more information on local services available please visit the Council’s dedicated cost of living page

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