Challenge Poverty Week – how you can help!

Today kicks off the start of Challenge Poverty Week which is a great opportunity to highlight the reality of poverty in Scotland, raise awareness and encourage more youth social action. Here are just some of the ways you can get involved…

1. Heard about our new campaign?

We want to help end period poverty in Scotland as too many women and girls can’t afford tampons or sanitary towels and are being forced to resort to using newspapers and socks. From keeping a supply of sanitary products at your meeting place to planning a washbag collection with your unit and donating the products to your local foodbank, there are lots of ways you can add your voice to the campaign! Find out more here.

2. Speaking of foodbanks…

 If your unit are looking for a social action project to take part in that helps tackle poverty on your doorstep then get in touch with your local foodbank and find out how you can offer your support. This could anything from donating your time to organising a food collection and donating the supplies. Check out what happened when these East Lothian units helped out at their local foodbank and find your nearest one here.

3. Go global!

Are you aged 18-30? Put your name forward for the Global Opportunities Pool for your chance to represent guiding at an international level and speak up on important issues from poverty to women’s rights at UN or WAGGGS international conferences around the world. Head over to the Girlguiding website to find out more.

4. Girls in Action

Girlguiding have teamed up with other charities to bring you Girls in Action activity packs which help members be the change they want to see in the world! They give girls the opportunity to take action against serious issues affecting other young people by advocating, raising awareness and volunteering. There are five projects to choose from and they can choose to do as many as they like. They’ll even receive one of the Girls in Action badges for each project they complete.

We’re working towards a time where all girls can make a difference to the world around them – read more about our social action and campaigns here.

Challenge Poverty Week runs from 15-21 October and you can find out more here.