Challenging Inverclyde Poverty Group
Every day is a new opportunity to raise our voice against poverty, promote what is being done, challenge stigma and stereotyping, and discuss / action what should be done to tackle poverty in Inverclyde, Scotland and Beyond…
INVERCLYDE ADVICE FIRST
Hector McNeil House 01475 715365
Providing money advice, benefits advice and welfare rights representation.
Challenging Inverclyde Poverty (CIP) Group – meets every 6 weeks at the Your Voice Community Hub, Clyde Square, Greenock - call us for details on 01475 728628 or email using the contact form at the bottom of the page.
CHRISTIANS AGAINST POVERTY
Elim Church 0800 328 0006
Debt Centre run in partnership with Elim Church
"How would you feel if you woke up every day feeling trapped and imprisoned because you have no money? If you felt miserable, alienated, worthless and isolated from society because you have no money - if you longed to do what you want, when you want, so that you could feel free… wouldn’t you want someone to help you?’
FREE TO FAMILIES
Inverclyde Council 01475 717171
Families within Inverclyde Council are benefitting from school holiday clubs which offers family play and fun with a light lunch. The club runs over Spring, Summer and October school holidays in 9 locations. This is open to all families with Primary School aged children (siblings welcome). Venues are as follows:- Blairmore, King's Oak, Rainbow, Aileymill, Bluebird at St Josephs (at Lady Alice), Branchton Community Centre, Newark Primary School, St John's Primary School, Broomhill Gardens, Craigmarloch School
"We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty."
i58 PROJECT The Trussell Trust
64-66 West Blackhall Street 01475 787177
The i58 Project is the social action ministry of Greenock Elim Church which provides the Inverclyde Foodbank, Inverclyde CAP Debt Centre, Uniform Bank and Baby Bank for families and adults in need due to benefit sanctions or transfer of benefit to Universal Credit.
Port Glasgow United Reformed Church
Self referrals, and referrals from agencies are accepted by Church Angels. Church Angels receive donations.
"Despite there being more than enough wealth in Scotland to go round, lack of money and opportunity is crushing the future of too many of Inverclyde’s people because they cannot see, think or plan beyond today"
Inverclyde Council 01475 717171
The following establishments receive free sanitary products:- All Primary and Secondary Schools, Blairmore Nursery, Rainbow Nursery, Branchton Community Centre, Broomhill Gardens, Public Toilets, Libraries, I Youth Zones, Inverclyde Foodbank, Church Angels
"‘We are one of the richest countries in the world... there is absolutely no reason why anyone should have to live in poverty. We need to change the way we look at this; at how we can make positive changes."
32 Burnhead Street 01475 791818
Open from 9.30am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday
"To get away from poverty, you need several things at the same time: school, health, and infrastructure – those are the public investments. On the other side, you need market opportunities, information, employment, and human rights."
HES - Home Energy Scotland
Call 0808 808 2282
Home Energy Scotland (HES) are funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by the Energy Saving Trust. HES are a network of local advice centres covering all of Scotland. Advisors offer free, impartial advice on energy saving, renewable energy, sustainable transport, waste prevention and more. HES are an advice service available to householders, community, groups, businesses and the public sector.
iHEAT - Inverclyde Home Energy Advice
Call 0800 092 9002
i.HEAT is a free and impartial home visit service and can advise on all aspects of home energy use, including how to reduce energy bills and help resolve complex problems with energy suppliers, including fuel debt.
"I always just thought the aim was to dismantle poverty. However, once you see the mechanics of the poverty industry up close, you realise it’s in a state of permanent growth and that without individuals, families and communities in crisis there would no longer be a role for these massive institutions."
INVERCLYDE HOMELESS FORUM
Call 07969 889 507
They meet on a weekly basis in St Mary’s Church in Greenock. Those who visit are adults, young and old, male and female who live a chaotic life, reliant entirely on the benefits system. Due to the severity of the recent benefits cuts, numbers continue to increase. They rely on the generosity of others, both in donations and of time, and without the kindness of others they would most certainly struggle to fulfil expectations. They have created an atmosphere of security and safety for visitors, offering them a three course meal, a bag of food to 'take away' so that they may not go hungry during the week. From time to time they receive donations of food, clothing etc which they distribute. They also have the presence of external agencies who can offer assistance with benefits, housing, santions, health, dental etc. Haircuts are also available.
SCOTTISH CHILD PAYMENT
The Scottish Child Payment will give more immediate support to eligible families who need it most, as almost 60% of all children in poverty live in a family with a child under the age of six. It will be delivered to all remaining eligible families with children under 16 by the end of 2022, with no cap on the number of children in families.
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