Council Supports Challenge Poverty Week

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The council has once again pledged it support to Challenge Poverty Week.

This week the council has been shining a light on a number of organisations across the city who are tackling poverty.

Challenge Poverty Week (4th-11th October) is a Scottish Wide campaign that highlights that too many people are living in poverty and showcases positive action that being taken to combat this.

The week was kicked off with the announcement that Dundee Science Centre had become a Living Wage Accredited employer.

This commitment will see everyone working at Dundee Science Centre receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.50. Dundee Science Centre joins over 90 accredited Living Wage employers in Dundee City who are leading the way in the drive to ensure the local community and economy enjoys the benefits realised by the real Living Wage. 

Following this, Fairness and Equalities Spokesperson Councillor Lynne Short visited Rowantree Primary School, where Dundee Bairns have been helping with volunteers at the school’s food larder.

The charity has delivered hundreds of thousands of meals since its inception in 2016 through the provision of its Fun and Food Programme, Tea Clubs and financial support to local food larders in the city.

Elsewhere, councillors visited the Maxwell Centre, a community centre and garden in the heart of Coldside.

Councillors heard how the centre has been working to improve the quality of live for the local community and combat social exclusion and poverty.

The Maxwell Centre has been providing food support throughout the pandemic via their food boxes, offering cooking classes and encouraging local primary school pupils to take part in growing sessions in the garden.

In addition, the council this week presented £3,000 from the Common Good Fund to the Women’s Business Station.

This funding will be used to initially support 50 women over 20 life-changing weeks during the upcoming Aspiring Women programme, which aims to create positive pathways out of poverty for women in the Dundee community who have been adversely impacted by the pandemic.

Meanwhile, City Development Convener Mark Flynn, Cycling spokesperson Councillor Kevin Cordell and Fairness and Equalities spokesperson Councillor Lynne Short joined pupils from Claypotts Castle Primary School on a cycle round Dawson Park as part of Dundee Cycle Hub’s ReCyles project.

The ReCycles project will invest in equipment and the upkeep of bicycles to pass them on to children.

Children will also be given bike helmets, bike locks and support to learn about safe cycling.

In addition, Councillor Short and a group of young people from Dundee FC’s 1893 Community Programme visited the Tay Road Bridge to discuss opportunities across the city and to hear how the young people are benefitting from the programme.

Rounding off Challenge Poverty Week, Councillor Short headed over to Street Soccer to learn more about the work they are doing to tackle poverty.

She said: “It has been great to see how as a city we come together to support those most in need.

“Over the week I’ve had the opportunity to visit the community garden, cycle with the bairns and welcome more people in the city getting paid a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work.

“I am under no illusions that far too many people in the city are in poverty and we know we have an extremely difficult winter ahead of us with the £20 Universal Credit uplift ending this month and rising household bills.

“The council has an incredible team here ready to help. Our Dundee Energy Efficiency Action Project may be able to assist you to use your heating systems efficiently, tackle fuel debt or help you to apply for the £140 Warm Homes Discount. In addition, we may be able to help with your rent, manage debt, and offer money advice.

“Our employability team is also there to help get people into employment. They have a track record of success, helping more than two people a week into a new job throughout the pandemic.

“Please do not suffer alone, the council is here to help.”

For more information on services available to help please visit the council advice page on our website.

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