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:



  • 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:




The charity are  always looking for donations and referrals, both of which can be made via their Computer Delivery webpage:

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:


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.