Theme for 2019
Acting together to empower children, their families and communities to end poverty

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Abbotsford - Thursday 17 October 2013 - Disadvantage: the story behind the statistics


Disadvantage: the story behind the statistics

2.30pm -4.30pm

The Bishop's Parlour,

Abbotsford Convent

1 St Heliers Street

Abbotsford 3067

Headline statistics on Australia's most disadvantaged people frequently appear in the media, but little attention is given to explaining what judgement lies behind these statistics, or how much of the story they tell.

A lack of understanding about disadvantage can contribute to misplaced community concerns. It can also be an impediment to good public policy. This presentation will cover the findings of a report on deep and persistent disadvantage by the Productivity Commission.

For more information:

Organised by: Good Shepherd Youth & Family Service

1 St Heliers Street The Bishop's Parlour, Abbotsford Convent

Glasgow - Thursday 17 October 2013 - Challenge Poverty Week

13 - 19 October   There are four aims for the week:
  • to bring to public attention the reality of poverty in Scotland;
  • to the show the impact of poverty on individuals and communities and to address the stereotypes that exist about poverty;
  • to highlight what is being done to address poverty (particularly by communities themselves);
  • and to highlight the continuing challenges that we face in addressing poverty

​To achieve this organisations across Scotland will be organising events, running community activities, meeting with politicians to discuss their concerns.

Through all these focused activities we want to show that there is nothing inevitable about poverty. Not only are many people and organisations addressing poverty right now, but there is far more that we can do in the future to make a bigger impact.

For more information:

Thursday 17 October 2013

Title: Poverty Alliance Annual Conference & AGM: Tackling Food Poverty in Scotland    Venue: City Halls, Glasgow    Time: 9.30am- 2pm   Details: To mark the UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, this event will focus on one of the critical issues facing the anti-poverty movement in Scotland and throughout Europe: food poverty. The conference will look at the causes, trends and consequences of food poverty in Scotland. We will also consider the practical responses to the issues we face, both at a community and policy level. Speakers will include Katherine Trebeck from Oxfam UK and  Pete Ritchie, executive Director of Nourish Scotland   Organiser: The Poverty Alliance  

Contact: To register click here

Thursday 17 October 2013

Title: Commemoration of the UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 

Venue: George Square, Glasgow

Time: 12noon-1pm

DetailsOctober 17th in Glasgow has always been about speaking aloud in the centre of the city stories and experiences, which are normally kept hidden around the edge.  It has also always been about linking in with the stories of those experiencing poverty in other parts of the UK and around the world.  We will gather round the commemorative stone in George Square and hear people’s testimonies, light candles and sing.

The theme this year is, Working together towards a world without discrimination

Organiser: Bridging the Gap & Poverty Truth Commission

Contact: This event is open to all, please come along

City Halls

Liverpool - Thursday 17 October 2013 - Poverty Matters: Anti Poverty Week Event

New South Wales:


11am - 2pm

Macquarie Mall,

Macquarie Street

Liverpool 2170

Opportunity for community services, government and non-government agencies and charities to raise awareness about poverty and services available to assist those experiencing homelessness and social disadvantage.

An initiative of the Liverpool Community Kitchen and Hub and organised in collaboration with Anglicare Liverpool, Cabramatta Community Centre, Inspire Community Services, Liverpool City Council, Mission Australia and Uniting Church Liverpool.

For more information:

Liverpool City Council

Dany Ya

P: 1300 32 2170

E: lcc [at] liverpool [dot] nsw [dot] gov [dot] au


Macquarie Street Macquarie Mall

Lewisham - Thursday 17 October 2013 - Critical Moment in the Fight Against World Poverty

New South Wales

Critical Moment in the Fight Against World Poverty

CatholicCare Sydney - Lewisham Office

Level 1,

2c West St (cnr Thomas St)

Lewisham 2049

CatholicCare Sydney is holding a series of special events during Anti-Poverty Week 2013 to strengthen staff's understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty, and encourage discussion and action.

Guest speakers Rev Dr Gerald Gleeson, Director of Mission, and Sandie Cornish, Catholic Social Justice expert, will discuss the latest Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Social Justice Statement, "Lazarus at Our Gate: A Critical Moment in the Fight Against World Poverty"

For more information: CatholicCare Sydney - Liz Potter

P: (02) 9390 5377

E: liz [dot] potter [at] catholiccare [dot] org


2c West Street Level 1

Surry Hills - Thursday 17 October 2013 - Housing and Poverty Staff Morning Tea

New South Wales:

Housing and poverty staff morning tea

10:30 - 11:30am

Suite 301,

64-76 Kippax Street,

Surry Hills 2010

Our policy team will lead a staff discussion on how people's housing circumstances relate to their experience and risk of poverty - focusing on Australia but including international research - to raise awareness of the links between housing, homelessness and poverty.

Organised by: NSW Federation of Housing Associations

64-76 Kippax Street Suite 301
Surry Hills