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Challenging poverty here in North Ayrshire

Posted on 3 Oct 2022

North Ayrshire Council will use this year’s Challenge Poverty week to shine the spotlight on the cost-of-living crisis and the various support and help available.

The annual week-long event, in its seventh year and run by the Poverty Alliance, provides a platform to highlight the very real issues affecting people and communities.

Kicking off today (Monday, 3 October), the Council will use their social media channels to provide information and capture some of the most pertinent situations people in North Ayrshire are facing.

Each day will have a theme and will begin with a welcome from our Locality Chairs, who will each talk about their areas and the challenges they are facing – whilst highlighting work being done to help.

The rest of the week is taken up with various themes – employment, social security, fuel poverty, communities, health and housing – as we look at how some of the issues of poverty are being tackled here in North Ayrshire.

Councillor Marie Burns, Leader of North Ayrshire Council, said: “The Cost-of Living crisis and a potential recession are impacting heavily on our communities – it is a horrible reality that many people, families and businesses in North Ayrshire will suffer real hardship and difficulty.

“We are deeply concerned by the situation and that’s why we’ve committed £4million to help support our communities with the steep rise in the cost of living. We will continue to monitor the situation

 “Challenge Poverty Week is a week every year where we get a chance to shine a spotlight on some of the most challenging issues and, more importantly, how we, with communities and a range of partners, are helping.

 “As Council Leader, I am very fortunate that I get to meet lot of incredible groups and volunteers who go above and beyond. Without these community champions, the situation could and probably would be much worse, a situation we shouldn’t have to deal with in a 21st century wealthy country.

 “Please check out our social media channels and please be assured that we will continue to look at ways we can mitigate the impact the current crisis is having on people across North Ayrshire.”

Monday – We chat to the Council Leader and chairs of Localities and look at some of the projects close to their hearts.

Tuesday – We look it the various employment programmes – including our Streetscene Training Academy – that are helping people back into work..

Wednesday  – We focus on finances and share the support available from our Welfare Advice team and BetterOff service.

Thursday – The focus is on energy and how we can potentially reduce our bills this winter.

Friday -  We check out the brilliant work being carried out by Café Solace and the Fairer Food Network as part of our communities day.

Saturday – We look at a range of services provided by our Health and Social Care Partnership team.

Sunday  – We look at various ways that we can help if you’re struggling with your rent or costs associated with your home.

Let’s #turnthetide on Poverty. Challenge Poverty Week takes place between 3-10 October.