David Leese: We need to loosen the grip of poverty on the nation’s health

David Leese: We need to loosen the grip of poverty on the nation’s health

“We all want to be part of a compassionate society, which cannot happen while poverty is an injustice that continues to burn”

The Problem With Good Will

The Problem With Good Will

In our Christmas appeal this year we mentioned Helen*, who we met at our food bank project in Tower Hamlets. Our advice helped Helen and her family get the financial support they needed. But we shouldn’t have met Helen in those circumstances. She shouldn’t have had to go to the food bank in the first place.

Christian responses to poverty: community not charity

Christian responses to poverty: community not charity

At the start of November 2018, Church Action on Poverty and our partners at ‘Life on the Breadline’ held a National Poverty Consultation in Manchester, drawing together many people in the churches who are involved in tackling poverty and injustice. At an opening panel on ‘Church of the Poor’, campaigner Stef Benstead shared these thoughts on Christian responses to poverty.

British children facing Christmas homeless crisis

British children facing Christmas homeless crisis

At least 130,000 youngsters will be living in temporary accommodation this festive season, a rise of 59% in five years.

One in 103 children in the UK will be homeless at Christmas, the charity Shelter has claimed, revealing the scale of the housing crisis in Britain.

Report claims millions of children suffering from 'rising tide' of UK poverty

Report claims millions of children suffering from 'rising tide' of UK poverty

New figures follow a UN report that accused the government of "callous" policies that hit the poorest hardest.

The number of children living in poverty in the UK has risen by more than half a million in the last five years, according to new figures from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.



David Schwimmer: ‘Why my BBC Christmas drama about poverty should replace Doctor Who’

David Schwimmer: ‘Why my BBC Christmas drama about poverty should replace Doctor Who’

Friends star Schwimmer has produced a searing BBC drama about families living in temporary accommodation at Christmas

The last time we saw David Schwimmer, the Friends star posted an endearingly goofy video on Twitter, riffing on his uncanny resemblance to a robbery suspect caught on camera in Blackpool. Today we encounter the Hollywood actor in a very different mode, furrowed of brow and musing on Ken Loach and the British social realist film tradition in the bowels of London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts. It’s the kind of pivot which Schwimmer, loved by millions of viewers as nerdy palaeontologist Ross Geller in the 90s-defining sitcom Friends, has negotiated throughout a career which allows him to shift between passion projects and mainstream comedic roles.

Help us End Rough Sleeping in Hammersmith & Fulham

Help us End Rough Sleeping in Hammersmith & Fulham

We’re working hard to put an end to rough sleeping in Hammersmith & Fulham, and we need your help.

We would like to invite you to an event on Thursday 6 December from 2.45pm to 5pm in the Courtyard Room in Hammersmith Town Hall, King Street.

 We are calling it a Hackathon – which is about bringing together people from all walks of life to help find innovative ways of ending rough sleeping in Hammersmith & Fulham.

How to help someone sleeping rough in the cold

How to help someone sleeping rough in the cold

At least 320,000 people are homeless in Britain, according to new research by the housing charity Shelter. Here, we’ve put together a guide on how to help this winter. 

Poverty causing 'misery' in UK, and ministers are in denial, says UN official

Poverty causing 'misery' in UK, and ministers are in denial, says UN official

Ministers are in a "state of denial" about poverty, a UN expert has said following a 12-day tour of the UK.

Philip Alston, special rapporteur on extreme poverty, said despite being in the one of the world's richest countries he had encountered "misery".

Levels of child poverty are "staggering" and 1.5 million people were destitute at some point in 2017, the Australian said.



Eight Bells Seeks Us Out To Support

Eight Bells Seeks Us Out To Support

The @EightBellsFulham Pub is a compact 17th-century tavern with quirky decor and bench seats, serving simple British pub fare, located just around the corner from #PutneyBridge Station at 89 Fulham High St, Fulham, London SW6 3JS

Sarah the manager of the pub was recently looking for a local charity that she felt the pub could support and working with @AllSaintsFulham  identified Clothe Me - Thank You as a charity they wanted to work with.

The Eight Bells have taken on collecting boxes and being a busy Fulham Football supports pub they anticipate doing a great job collecting much needed funds for our charity.



The Daisy Trust granted us financial support

The Daisy Trust granted us financial support

We are very excited and pleased to have been recognised by the The Daisy Trust who after talking with us and finding out about what it is we do have decided to grant us financial support.

This is particularly helpful as it helps us kick start our fundraising programme where we will be able to convert the money we raise into vouchers allowing us to help clothe vunerable people who need assistance.

How do charities help those who are homeless and what can we do to help?

How do charities help those who are homeless and what can we do to help?

As the weather gets colder, we, as a society, tend to become more aware of rough sleepers and those with unstable shelter. At whatCharity.com, we wanted to find out more about the charities that work tirelessly year-round to support those in poverty and how the public can help. As part of our ‘Helping Homeless People’ campaign, we asked two charities to tell us about their work. Although The Big Issue Foundation and Doorstep Homeless Families Project both help those in poverty without a stable home, they take very different approaches, showing how diverse and complex this issue is. There are many different ways to help, and all of these ways can be incredibly valuable to those in need.

Volunteering – a positive impact on the family

Volunteering – a positive impact on the family

Are you a mother with kids in school all day who doesn’t work full-time? Do you toy with the idea of volunteering, but always feel so busy that you’re not sure about the commitment? Back when my youngest child started school, I was thrilled with all of the ‘extra’ time I suddenly had. Yet it wasn’t long before I felt just as busy as ever. My time seemed to evaporate into thin air without much to show for it.

I later came to realise that time expands or contracts to fill whatever we put into it. If you’ve got an hour to do something, you’ll do it in an hour. If you have more time than that, you’ll take longer to do it. We all have the same twenty-four hours in a day and it’s up to us to conscientiously choose what we’ll fill our day with.

Thursday Lunch Club

Thursday Lunch Club

Every Thursday a team of parishioners and members of the local community cook lunch for 38 hungry people. We ask no questions about why they are hungry but provide them with a hot delicious meal in the warmth of Pryors Bank.

Over the past past year some good friendships have developed. 

Demand for Brixton foodbank help continues to grow

Demand for Brixton foodbank help continues to grow

Local people have received almost 10,000 emergency three-day food supplies from the Norwood and Brixton Foodbank in the past 12 months – a 22% increase on the previous 12-month period.

Some 9,809 three-day emergency food supplies were provided to people in crisis, compared to 8,004 in the previous year. Of this year’s total, 3993 went to children.

A Different Take: Promoting the voices of children, young people and families in debates on poverty in the UK

A Different Take: Promoting the voices of children, young people and families in debates on poverty in the UK

Families experiencing poverty are often in the spotlight – politicians plan to ‘turn their lives around’; some newspapers raise concerns about rising poverty rates while others draw our attention to cases of perceived benefit fraud; celebrities promote their views on the ways that people in poverty should be behaving differently and even on whether poverty exists at all; and TV programmes show highly sensationalised representations of how people and families in poverty spend their time. Most of the messages we hear suggest that families in poverty are different from better-off families – in terms of their motivations, skills and attitudes

http://www.cpag.org.uk/content/different-take-promoting-voices-children-young-people-and-families-debates-poverty-uk