Challenge Poverty Week

From: Richard Truss <richard.truss1@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Sept 2021 at 08:36
Subject: Fwd: Fw: Challenge Poverty Week

Dear friends, 
I have drafted  as below a possible email that we could send out to the churches that we belong to or have contacts with about the Challenge Poverty Week initiative.  

Dear…….
I am writing to bring to your attention an initiative of real importance.
Challenge Poverty Week (England and Wales) is an initiative launched by Church Action on Poverty and will be from 11-17 October, 2021. It aims:
• To build awareness and support for sustainable responses to the pandemic that focus on enhancing the dignity and agency of people in poverty.
• To raise voices in unison against poverty and shine a light on visions for a more just, compassionate and opportunity filled country.
• To show what is already being done at community level to challenge and alleviate poverty.
• To challenge the conversation around poverty and help end the stigma.

There are numerous ways that your church could get involved, such as the follow: • Meet your MP • Host a discussion event • Take to the streets• Host a storytelling event • Get creative • Speak up on social media • Speak to your local media.
(For example, as part of this initiative, Sheffield’s Church Action on Poverty is holding an urban pilgrimage on Saturday 16 October that members of your church are welcome to join if you are in the vicinity of Sheffield. For more details on this email myself at joe.forde@tiscali.co.uk ) (or why not organise one in your area?).
 
I also attach as below the link to the resource pack that Church Action on Poverty have produced which provides additional information on the Challenge Poverty Week. For example, it contains an excellent template letter for writing to your MP. You can access it here: https://challengepoverty.co.uk/resources/

If you want to know more about Challenge Poverty Week and how your church might contribute, you can sign up the the Challenge Poverty Week email (see the resource pack).

Can I thank you for taking the time to consider this matter. 
Kind regards, 
Joe Forde
Chair of Public Square Group’s Poverty Alleviation Sub- Group.

Canon Richard Truss
12 Camden Cottages
Church Walk
Weybridge
Surrey KT13 8JT
01932 702317


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