Excitement is building as London Challenge Poverty Week approaches. Running from the 10th to the 17th October this is the annual opportunity to bring the dreadful impact of poverty to the fore in London.

The Launch Event on the 11th October will feature the findings of research carried out by 4in10, The GLA and ClearView Research on Londoner’s Attitudes to Poverty. Flying Against Gravity.

There is an in-person Child Poverty Summit organised by The Childhood Trust and London Child Poverty Alliance and so much more.

It is fantastic to see the hard work that goes on all year round being highlighted. Events happening locally could not be more diverse, which reflects the strength of our network and the determination of our sector:

  • Adanna Women’s Project in Redbridge are running an event for black girls aged 13-16, aimed at building confidence and improving skills.
  • ATD 4th World are running two poetry events one live in Brixton and one online.
  • Barking and Dagenham Youth Dance have written and choregraphed a 3 minute video about their feelings about the impact of poverty on families.
  • Bin Knives Save Lives, Ilford are holding an awareness event highlighting the link between poverty and knife crime.
  • Brite Box Project/Voices of Hope, Kingston are hosting a Sunday ‘banquet’ to draw attention to their food delivery programme and to gain more local support.
  • Broad Bikez Hackney are running a session of free bike DIY helping people learn how to mend their own bikes
  • Commission on Social Security are presenting their report on what is wrong with the current system and how to put it right.
  • Gingerbread are producing some beautiful infographics about the impact of poverty on lone parents.
  • Home Start Ealing are running a food and nutrition event for some of the many young families they support
  • Jade Mutua Foundation in Brent are running two events one to attract local businesses and volunteers to support their work and the other a family fun day to promote their services.
  • Just Fair and the Social Rights Alliance are running an online session on using human rights as a tool to tackle poverty.
  • Lewisham Local with Afril, Wild Cat Wilderness and other community gardens in the borough are running 5 workshops on gardening, foraging, campfire cooking, and pizza making, with a focus on Holiday Hunger.
  • Poplar HARCA are promoting a food drive in Tower Hamlets during the week.
  • Red Roots Incubator in Hackney are running a young people’s event, ‘Unite4Change’ involving young people’s local focus groups, showcasing creative talents and solidify pathways to empower future success.
  • Resources for Autism are hosting a webinar on the hidden costs of bringing up a disabled child.
  • Restorative Justice for All in Southwark will be running online youth-led campaigning activities focusing on young people, mental health and health inequalities and a linked ‘youth walk.’
  • Solace Women’s Aid are holding art activities in all of their London refuge’s to highlight children’s feelings about poverty and inequality.
  • St Michael’s Fellowship in Lambeth are creating a podcast specifically about young fatherhood and poverty, and asking parents to produce some poetry or artwork and create some social media content.
  • Sustain are running two food poverty online events. One on the Healthy Start scheme and the other on how local collaboration can help tackle food poverty and move towards food justice for all.
  • Universal Ease to Redress in Islington are holding a week of open days focussing on volunteering and food provision.

Local Authorities, The GLA, Trust for London and London Councils are all involved in supporting events and it is great to see that some local MPs are taking the time to visit participating organisations to learn more.

New events are being listed all the time so keep an eye on the LCPW website for more updates and please do try to sign up for anything that interests you.