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London Challenge Poverty Week 2021

Highlighting poverty in the capital and finding ways to help

Introduction

London Challenge Poverty Week has been running annually since 2018 and is held every year in the week around the UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October.  

    • Through a programme of events and activities, the week aims to bring Londoners together to: 
    • Increase the visibility of the reality of poverty in London; 
    • Encourage positive debate and discussion about poverty; and 
    • Show what is being done to tackle poverty and call for the changes we need to end it. 
    • This year London Challenge Poverty Week is needed more than ever. Many in our city have had £20 a week cut from their Universal Credit and increasing costs including significant increases in fuel prices, will push people further into poverty. We need to come together to demonstrate what this will mean: that more will go hungry, lose their homes or be cold this winter. And we must call for an urgent commitment from politicians and decision makers, activists, employers, employees, trade unions, public services, voluntary organisations and local communities, to come together and challenge poverty once and for all 

Photos from RJ4All London Challenge Poverty Week 2021

What did we do?

    • Monday 11 October: Sexual health awareness charity offered guidance and support to locals, alongside the running of our food bank.
    • Tuesday 12 October: Food bank and clothing donation sessions were held from the RJ4All Rotherhithe Community Centre
    • Wednesday 13 October: Walk and Unwind – organised group walk around the local area.
    • Thursday 14 October: Food bank was held from the RJ4All Rotherhithe Community Centre.
    • Friday 15 October: Food bank was held from the RJ4All Rotherhithe Community Centre.

The RJ4All social media accounts also posted various pieces of information and statistics regarding poverty levels in the capital to boost awareness of the issue.

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