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Challenge Poverty Week 2021

Challenge Poverty Week: 4th – 8th October 2021

The Clackmannanshire Alliance is hosting a series of events in support of Challenge Poverty Week 2021, taking place from Monday 4th to Friday 8th of October 2021.

Challenge Poverty week recognises that

  • too many people in our society experience poverty, which prevents them from playing an active role in society and living full lives,
  • but in Scotland, we all agree that poverty can, and must, be solved.
  • by redesigning our economy to reflect our shared values of justice and compassion, we can unlock poverty’s grip.

The activities organised by the Clackmannanshire Alliance seeks to

  • raise a unified voice against poverty and show that we all want to live in a more just and equal Scotland,
  • build awareness and support for solutions to poverty,
  • change the conversation around poverty and help end the stigma of living on a low income.

Programme of Events

Monday 4th October

Challenge Poverty Week Opening Event: 9.30-11.30am

This morning’s opening event will launch Clackmannanshire’s Challenge Poverty Week for 2021.

The event will also set the context of tackling Poverty and Child Poverty in Clackmannanshire, the scale of the challenges we face and what is needed to translate the national ambition for Scotland into real change at a national and local level. During this opening event we will hear from speakers:

  • Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government (by video)
  • Cllr Ellen Forson, Council Leader and Chair of the Clackmannanshire Alliance;
  • Lynn Anderson from the Living Wage Foundation.

More information and details on how to book a place on this event can be found via Eventbrite.

The Gate Charity Open Morning

This year as part of ‘Challenge Poverty Week’ The Gate Charity will be launching their new look ‘Food Larder’. Please come along to The Gate, on Monday the 4th of October between 10 -11am to find out more.

Refreshments and filled breakfast rolls will be available for all who attend!!

The Gate
2 Ludgate
FK10 2DR

‘Money Matters’

These events aim to raise awareness of financial scams, benefits and entitlements and where to access help with digital banking.

11.15am – 12.45 pm: Virtual session on benefits advice and where to go for information and support in Clackmannanshire

The session will be run by Citizens Advice Bureau and Social Security Scotland and will include information on the new devolved Scottish benefits.

More information and details on how to book this event can be found via Eventbrite.

2-4pm: A support and awareness session run jointly by Citizens Advice Bureau and Police Scotland on online Scams

This will look at current scams and how participants can protect themselves, what to do if you think if you have been a victim of scamming. Royal Bank of Scotland will also provide advice on how to stay safe while digital banking.

More information and details on how to book this event can be found via Eventbrite.

Tuesday 5th October

Community Empowerment and Resilience in Action

These events aim to raise awareness of the community effort in Clackmannanshire during the pandemic and help change the conversations around poverty.

Hawkhill Community Centre Open Day and Showcase: Listen to the role of the local community in supporting resilience and recovery from the pandemic and learn more about the impact the Community Shop has had in the Hawkhill community.

Learn more about the Scottish Fire and Rescue Youth Volunteer Scheme, its aims and how it is benefitting young people in Clackmannanshire. During this session you will hear from young people who have been involved in the Youth Volunteer Scheme at Alloa Fire Station.

Information on home and water safety will also be provided by the Community Safety Team at Alloa Fire Station.

Two drop in sessions are offered at the following times:

  • 9.30-10.30am and 2-3pm

No booking is required for these events.

Wednesday 6th October

Clackmannanshire Good Food

These events aim to increase awareness of Clackmannanshire’s Good Food movement, promote community food growing and strengthen links between local food and the Climate Change agenda.

9.30-11am – invitation only event

Live Harvesting skills session and grow your own, plant and take home to nurture. Based at Tullibody Community Gardens and led by Community Development Worker.

11.30-1pm – invitation only event

Live Harvest Cooking skills session, make a harvest lunch eat in or take away. Based at Tullibody Community Gardens.

2.30-4.30pm: Our Food System – what needs to happen?

A joint event by Forth Environment Linkstirling and Stirling University. Hear about two important pieces of work including Sustainable and Dignified Solutions to Food Insecurity in Forth Valley: A Food System Needs Assessment and Stirling University’s Reenergising Clackmannanshire Energy Challenges Project which was broadened to include food, waste, transport and nature.

There will be short presentations from speakers, opportunity to discuss findings, what happens next and how to contribute and get involved.

A short film on the impact that the Community Shop has had in the Hawkhill community will also be shown.

More information on this interactive session and details on how to book a place can be found via Eventbrite.

Thursday 7th October

Digital Inclusion

This event aims to raise awareness of Digital Champions and the support available in communities to help people to be digitally included. It also discusses some of the national approaches to digital inclusion including details on the Connecting Communities, R100 and Digital Participation Charter.

This event will help to shape the development of a Digital Inclusion Strategy for Clackmannanshire.

9.30-11.30: Digital Inclusion Workshop

Find out more about some of the work going on nationally and in Clackmannanshire to tackle Digital Exclusion.

Hear about the Digital Champions project in Clackmannanshire and outline the support available to access digital skills and equipment through techshare project.

Find out more about the Digital Champions volunteer programme.

This event will also explore opportunities through the Connecting Communities and Broadband Digital Voucher Scheme.

We will also look at what is involved in signing up to the Digital Participation Charter and the benefits of the charter.

More information and details on how to book this event can be found via Eventbrite.

Challenge Poverty – A Stirling Presbytery Evening: 7-9pm

This session seeks to share and understand lived experience of poverty. The evening will include a film of local people with lived experienced talking about what it means for them and their families.

More information and details on how to book this event can be found via Eventbrite.

Friday 8th October

Poverty, Wellbeing and the Importance of Oor Place: 9.30-11.30am via Microsoft Teams

This closing event seeks to raise awareness of the impact of place on wellbeing, poverty and psychological resilience and the importance of social capital. This event will close Clackmannanshire’s Challenge Poverty Week 2021.

During the event we will hear from speakers within the context of place, environmental quality, economic recovery and renewal and community empowerment. Themes will include:

  • Clackmannanshire Council – Be the Future: Alloa Transformation Zones and shaping place for wellbeing theory of change and Economic Recovery
    • Fiona Colligan & Pete Leonard, Clackmannanshire Council
  • Neighbourhood environmental quality and the relationships between poverty and psychological resilience. Learning from evidence-based research and pilot work in North Lanarkshire
    • Dr Peter Matthews from University of Stirling
  • Wimpy Park Community Group – a community perspective
    • Fin Robertson, Chair of Wimpy Park Community Group
  • Closing remarks and reflections

More information and details on how to book this event can be found via Eventbrite.

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