Poverty Action Week


Thank you so much for supporting Poverty Action Week 2018 – which ran from  22nd –28th January and encouraged everyone to join us in #GainingAGlimpse into what it is like to face hardship.

We were delighted that Jon Ashworth MP, Leicester South, Nicky Morgan MP, Loughborough and The Very Revd David Monteith, Dean of Leicester supported a joint letter by Charity Link Director, Susan McEniff and Trustee Professor Surinder Sharma to key decision makers throughout Leicestershire to highlight the week and to encourage them to support Wear a Funky Scarf Day on Friday 26th.  Jon and Nicky also kindly wrote to schools in their area to encourage support.

We are very grateful to all the wonderful schools, pupils and staff who supported the day.  We visited Charnwood Primary in Leicester and Woodcote Primary in Ashby ourselves to thank the children for their support which was fantastic.

Thanks to everyone else ‘getting funky’ including Rendall Primary School, Business Live Networking, Simon Cole, Chief Constable of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, Ian and the team at Corby Library, the team at Ashby Life,  EHL Commercial Law, Leicester City Women’s Football Team, Humphrey Perkins School and Uplands Junior LEAD Academy.

We will update you on how much ‘Wear a Funky Scarf Day’ 2018 has raised in the coming days.

We would also like to thank guests who joined us for our first ever sleepover on Saturday 27th.  The idea of the sleepover was to raise sponsorship as part of our #GainingAGlimpse activity, thinking about what it is like to live in hardship and to go without some of the basics in life that many Charity Link clients have faced – such as being without a warm place to stay and a comfortable bed to sleep on.

Whilst the night was relatively mild for January, it was still very cold in the early hours (guests stayed from 8pm until 8am the next morning in the Charity Link courtyard in Leicester city centre). It was a tough night for all who took part, but eye opening and lots of interesting conversations took place around hardship, but plenty of laughter too.  We believe that over £2,500 has been raised in sponsorship which is brilliant.  Feedback has also been so positive that we plan to run the event again next year!

Special thanks to Cherizina Coffee, Matt Glover Photography, Leicester Media Online and everyone else who supported this event.

Lots of photos from Poverty Action Week can be found on our Facebook page. 

Check out this page in the coming months to read more of our plans for 2019.

Paying in details
Thank you so much if you do raise funds in support of our Poverty Action Week activities.

You can send a cheque – payable to Charity Link – to us at: Charity Link, 20a Millstone Lane, Leics, LE1 5JN.
Drop funds off at our office (address above).
Pay in funds via the ‘donate’ button at www.justgiving.com/leicestercharitylink .
Make a bank transfer – Account name: LCOS Ltd, Account number: 03253310   Sort Code: 30 / 94 / 97  (Please email rachel.markham@charity-link.orgwhen you do so and reference the transfer with your name and ‘PAW’).

Donate by text to support PAW18 – simply text PAWK18 and the amount you wish to give (such as PAWK18 £2) to 70070. You can donate £1, £2,  £3, £4, £5 or £10 each time via this method (further details on text donation here.)



About Poverty Action Week

Poverty Action Week takes place annually at the end of January.

There are thousands of people living in need locally, including around 30,000 children in Leicestershire and 21,000 children in Northamptonshire.

Poverty Action Week (PAW) was launched in 2015 and is organised by Charity Link to highlight the fact that many local people don’t have the very basics in life. We believe passionately that all local people deserve a decent standard of living, where they are dry, warm, clean, safe and fed – no matter what crisis, illness, disability or difficulty they are facing. For those we support, including the frail elderly, victims of domestic violence or people with a mental health issue, these basic needs can often go unmet.

Funds raised through our Poverty Action Week activities will help to buy items, such as food, clothing, cookers and beds and bedding for those in need.

Information for Schools and Colleges
We’ve a dedicated page with information for schools and colleges who may be interested in supporting Poverty Action Week or Wear a Funky Scarf Day. Click here for more information. We’d love to hear from schools and colleges and can provide the support and materials to help make any events or activities a success.

Show your support with a Poverty Action Week Pin Badge
Our badges cost just £2 including post and packaging (or you can collect from our offices on Millstone Lane during office hours).  Wear your badge with pride during the week to show support for local people in poverty. You can click here to visit our shop to purchase a pin badge.