two hands breaking a chain on a blue backgroundLast week, our member the Church of Scotland celebrated Challenge Poverty Week 2020. The annual event aims to highlight the issue of poverty across Scotland; spotlight what can be done by individuals and organisations to support change; and help end the stigma of living on a low income. 

To mark the occasion, the Church of Scotland has released a series of short videos highlighting the work of selected congregations in their local communities. These selected parishes were designated as Priority Areas as they are areas experiencing the greatest impact of poverty in the country according to the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation.

Additionally, the organisers urge their communities to support the Challenge Poverty initiative by writing to their politicians asking them to commit to actions reducing social inequalities.

The campaign’s key messages are:

  • Too many people in Scotland are living with the constant pressure of living in poverty.  
  • As we plan our economic recovery, we must redesign our economy to reflect the values of justice and compassion we all share.  
  • By boosting people’s incomes and reducing the cost of living we can make sure we all have what we need.

Learn more about ways to get involved on the Church of Scotland’s special website dedicated to the initiative.