Challenge Poverty Week
5th – 11th October 2020
Challenge Poverty Week is an opportunity for you to raise your voice against poverty and show what is being done to tackle poverty across Scotland. Read and listen to insights from Scottish social workers on the role they believe the profession can play in helping to #ChallengePoverty because #TogetherWeCan.
"Challenge Poverty: Reflections from my practice"
Lindsey Young, Mental Health Officer and SASW Committee Member, shares reflections from her own social work practice and what she has learned when supporting people living in poverty. Read her blog, here.
"Port in the storm: Poverty aware social work in the pandemic"
Mark Hardy, Children & Families social worker and PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, shares his views on how social workers can practice in a poverty aware way during the pandemic. Read his blog, here.
"Poverty is a very real problem. The people experiencing it, are not"
Jude Currie, Chair of our Committee, reflects on how social workers can become part of the solution when supporting those living in poverty. Read here blog, here.
No Recourse to Public Funds: Supporting migrant, refugee and asylum-seeking families in Scotland
SASW spoke with Dr Natalia Farmer on how social workers can best support migrant, refugee and asylum-seeking families in Scotland who are living in poverty. Listen to the podcast, here.
24 hour "Digital Blackout"
Covid-19 and lockdown strategies in the UK have further exacerbated poverty for Scotland’s vulnerable communities, particularly throwing a spotlight on Scotland’s “digital divide”. Digital connectivity became a lifeline to many of us during lockdown, however, in the most vulnerable populations many people do not have the luxury of access to an internet enabled device, the ability to pay for internet access or the cost of repairs, or vital services like a landline telephone or television.
On the 10th of October, the SASW Team and members of our Committee took part in a "digital blackout" to raise funds and awareness for the issue of digital poverty. Those who took part shut down all non-work related digital devices for 24 hours to raise money for People Know How, an Edinburgh/East Lothian based charity working with people and communities to develop innovative strategies and services to address social issues. Read some insightful case studies and find out more about their work at the below links:
- Delivering our 500th device – People Know How invited Ben Macpherson MSP to deliver their 500th device in Leith. They are now well on our way to 1,000 (currently almost at 700!): www.peopleknowhow.org/news/delivering-our-500th-device
- People Know How releases study combatting digital exclusion – A study on combating digital exclusion, a call to action to make a tangible change: www.peopleknowhow.org/news/people-know-how-releases-study-combating-digital-exclusion
- An online celebration – A case study from their Computer Delivery project about Lorraine, who borrowed a laptop so her family could come together online to celebrate her mother’s 89th birthday, who suffers from dementia: www.peopleknowhow.org/news/an-online-celebration
- Digital Inclusion, wellbeing and creativity – A case study from their Computer Delivery project about a recipient Richard, whose donated desktop computer helped him get back into creating music and decreasing social isolation: www.peopleknowhow.org/news/digital-inclusion-wellbeing-creativity
- The life changing impact of basic digital skills – a case study from their Reconnect service about our support of Valerie who we helped to learn the basics of her laptop and mobile, allowing her to grow in confidence and save over £350 a year: www.peopleknowhow.org/news/the-life-changing-impact-of-basic-digital-skills
The charity are always looking for donations and referrals, both of which can be made via their Computer Delivery webpage: www.peopleknowhow.org/computer-delivery
They are also currently recruiting Digital Guides (volunteers) for their Learn Digital project supporting Digital Learners to use devices, stay connected or find resources online – more information can be found here: www.peopleknowhow.org/join-our-team
We raised a total of £402 for the organisation - a huge thank you to all those who took the time to sponsor us or share the sponsorship page amongst your colleagues, friends and families.