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Events aim to Challenge Poverty in North Ayrshire

Posted on 30 Sep 2019

In a decent and compassionate society, it’s not right that so many people are falling into the trap of poverty.

Through no fault of their own, families are choosing between paying their rent or heating their homes, with parents going hungry in order to feed their children.

Loosening the grip of poverty in our communities and confronting the many untruths that exist is a crucial part of creating a fairer, more equal society - and all of us can play our part in the solutions.

Challenge Poverty Week, which runs from Monday, October 7 to Sunday, October 13, is a national campaign run by the Poverty Alliance designed to highlight the growing problem of poverty in Scotland, challenge stereotypes and showcase the solutions we can all get behind to help solve it.

North Ayrshire Council will once again be getting involved with the campaign, with a number of events running throughout the week.

On Monday, October 7, North Ayrshire Council Leader Joe Cullinane will host a live ‘Ask the Leader’ session, where he will answer your questions on poverty related issues such as who to turn to for financial advice, employability hubs, and how communities can make a difference.

The session will be broadcast on North Ayrshire Council’s Twitter page, Facebook page and North Ayrshire Council’s Customer Services Facebook page from 5.15pm to 6.30pm.

If you’d like to submit a question in advance, please email leader@north-ayrshire.gov.uk

And on Tuesday, October 8, a new employability hub will be launched at Kilwinning Library.

This one-stop shop will offer help in seeking employment, training or volunteering opportunities, as well as support for managing debt, applying for benefits or housing, and developing skills in literacy, numeracy or computer skills.

To celebrate the opening of the hub, a jobs fair will be held from 12.30pm to 2.30pm. All are welcome.

A number of other events will be running across the localities throughout Challenge Poverty Week. Keep an eye on North Ayrshire Council’s Facebook and Twitter pages for more details.

More information on some of the key events will be posted on the Challenge Poverty website at www.challengepoverty.net. You can search for these by visiting the ‘Activities’ page and typing ‘North Ayrshire’ into the search bar.

Also during Challenge Poverty Week, Council Leader Joe Cullinane will visit Kilwinning Academy’s Credit Union to find out how the project has been progressing since opening in March of this year.

The 1st Alliance Credit Union branch was opened in the school after the loss of the town’s high street banks, and serves pupils, their families and local residents.

Pupils at the school have been working alongside 1st Alliance to develop their financial knowledge and employability skills, as well as developing community links and working towards qualifications in customer service, literacy and numeracy, volunteering and development.

North Ayrshire Council Leader Joe Cullinane said: “We have high levels of deprivation and unemployment in North Ayrshire, and it is crucial that we highlight the real reasons behind poverty and work together to find solutions and eradicate the stereotypes and stigma that exist.

“Challenge Poverty Week is something we take very seriously every year, as it gives us a great opportunity to shine a spotlight on some of the fantastic services and community groups making a real difference locally.

“Everyone should be able to live a dignified life, and by turning compassion into action we can all work towards a solution to the problem of poverty and its effects on North Ayrshire’s families.”

To find out more about Challenge Poverty Week, visit www.challengepoverty.netor look out for the following hashtags on social media:#AyeWeCan #ChallengePoverty.