London Challenge Poverty Week-Call to Action

London Challenge Poverty Week is taking place

12th-18th October

This year HEAR will be making sure that the voices, concerns and priorities of our members are clearly raised around all aspects of poverty. We invite you to be involved in this important week and leading up to it, in whatever way is relevant to your work and capacity.

We want to hear from you! Get involved!

There will be a number of topics and ways to get involved-

Digital poverty: we will be highlighting this sometimes over-looked aspect of poverty, even more important in the times of 'digital by default' and virtual living and working. We will be sharing HEAR's recently published digital exclusion case studies and finding other ways to shout about this. We will be doing some of this in partnership with our colleagues at Superhighways.

Socio Economic Rights; taking a rights based approach to poverty is important and we plan to do work in this important area, working with 4 in 10 Poverty Network (who are leading the programme of work for London Challenge Poverty Week as a whole) and Just Fair.

Creative Project: 4 in 10 are coordinating a creative project to help those with lived experience of poverty find new ways to raise their voice.

-Make a video: 4 in 10 are coordinating opportunities for those with lived experience to create videos.

Other aspects our members and colleagues have raised:

-How do we support those who don't identify as being in poverty

-Food poverty

-'Information' poverty

-Intersection of race and poverty

-Insecure housing and homelessness

-Child poverty

If you would like to get involved in any way, share your own campaigns, attend a workshop (or suggest one), get creative or anything else please get in touch!!!

Don't delay, let's make some noise about poverty

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HEAR Equality and Human Rights Network is a network of voluntary and community sector organisations across London working for equality, rights and social justice and against discrimination. We are currently funded by City Bridge Trust, Trust for London and the National Lottery.

Under our Bridging Divides funding we work to ensure that specialist equality and human rights groups, particularly the smaller and user led ones, and the Londoners they work with, can connect and work together across London and across equality specialisms. With our members we work to make equality issues central in local and regional decision making, and to raise awareness and work more closely with universities, think tanks, professional bodies and business. This funding also supports our core activities as a network: regular bulletins and information provision, knowledge sharing, signposting, website and networking.

The Trust for London project funds our Policy and Campaigns work, which supports organisations to campaign together on equality and rights issues of joint importance. Currently campaigns are focused around support for Deaf and disabled refugees and asylum seekers, hate crime, mental health equality, LGBTQI+ diversity and Digital Exclusion. We lead for Disabled customers on the National Asylum Stakeholder Forum Equality Sub-Group, who work alongside the Home Office to ensure the rights of asylum seekers are protected, and facilitate Charities Challenging Hate Crime, the London pan equality hate crime network.

In the NetEquality project, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund Reaching Communities, through the Cornerstone Fund, dozens of smaller user-led and ‘grass roots’ equality groups and equality partners in London are working together. Over an initial two years, to mid 2021, we will design, test and pilot exciting new ways to use networking and online tools to strengthen our connections and quickly and easily share information and knowledge. We will be exploring ways to join up our voices for solidarity and influence and for more coordinated, effective campaigning to fight discrimination and improve equality in London. Through Stronger Together, funded by Awards for All, we provide activities and support for individual campaigners and those in the smaller, user-led and grass roots groups.
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