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Jon Ashworth MP and Charnwood Primary support Funky Scarf Day

Great to visit Charnwood Primary School today who are supporting #FunkyScarfDay (photos to follow) . The staff and children have been discussing the issue of local poverty all week and along with donating to change lives they have also collected for a local food bank and have decorated amazing boxes to show their support.

Jon Ashworth MP, Leicester South, who wrote to Charnwood Primary School and other schools in his area to encourage support says:

“Charity Link does an excellent job in the City and beyond in making sure that families and children in difficult circumstances have something to eat and stay warm. Funky Scarf Day is a great opportunity to get involved and help raise much needed money to help improve the lives of vulnerable children and families.”

“At the back end of last year I wrote to schools in my Constituency and I am very pleased that at least two schools are taking part in this year’s Funky Scarf Day. I am delighted that Uplands Junior LEAD Academy and Charnwood Primary are supporting this important cause and I hope that even more schools will join in next year.”

Thanks all schools taking part and to Jonathan Ashworth for your support. How are you getting involved?


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How are you supporting Poverty Action Week?

Poverty Action Week is here!

The week runs from 22nd – 28th January and aims to highlight the fact that many local people are living in hardship right now – but we can all come together to make a difference.

Poverty is an issue locally – find out more by clicking here.

Doesn’t everyone deserve to have adequate food, shelter and the means to keep warm, clean and rested, no matter what crisis, illness, disability or difficulty they may be facing?

There are lots of ways to get involved to show your support for local people in hardship.

Could you go without your usual bought morning coffee or lunch and donate the money you save?

Is your place of work or school supporting Wear A Funky Scarf Day on Friday?

Have you signed up to our Sleepover on Saturday?

You can also help by sharing our posts on social media (@charitylink on Facebook and Twitter).

Together we can make a difference to the lives of the most vulnerable in our local communities.

Thank you!

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To be at home: identity and belonging in a changing world event

I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.” Maya Angelou

This event, on Thursday 25th January from 6pm – 8pm, brings an opportunity to reflect on citizenship and belonging. Falling as it does in Poverty Action Week, the organisers will move beyond bullet points and recommendations to a call for action and solidarity with those in our communities who are homeless, poor and marginalised.

Everyone with an interested is invited.

Outline of event:

18:00 Welcome from the University of Leicester and the Dean of Leicester Cathedral

18:10 Welcome from the Chair and outline of the event

18:15 Summary of research and recommendations from ‘The UK Citizenship Process: Exploring Immigrants’ Experiences’ funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, and conducted by Dr Leah Bassel and her colleagues at the University of Leicester.

18:30 Canon Karen Rooms – the UK citizenship process: the human and spiritual dimensions.

18:45 Revd Pete Hobson, Leicester City of Sanctuary, the citizenship process: experiences of service users.

19:00 Phil Horspool, University of Sanctuary, a call to action

19:15 Q&A with audience and call to action

19:50 Chair’s concluding remarks and thanks – reminder to fill in evaluation forms

20:00 Close

The event is organised in collaboration with Leicester CathedralLeicester Migration NetworkThe Unit for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement (DICE)School of Media, Communication and SociologyCharity LinkThe Race Equality CentreUniversity of Sanctuary – University of LeicesterCivic LeicesterOne Roof Leicester.


Please register to attend here.


It takes place at:

Rattray Lower Ground Floor Lecture Theatre

University of Leicester

University Road



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Poverty Action Week is nearly here!

With less than a week to go until Poverty Action Week (22nd – 28th January), will you be showing your support to help local people in hardship?

There are many ways to get involved:

  • Go without your bought coffee in the morning or have a pack up rather than buy lunch and donate the funds you save
  • Dig your scarf out and support Wear a Funky Scarf Day on Friday 26th – ask your place or work or your child’s school to get involved too
  • Join us on the Poverty Action Week Sleepover on Saturday 27th January (pre-registration is essential)
  • Buy a Poverty Action Week pin badge to show your support
  • Organise your own fundraising activity
  • Donate your Winter Fuel payment if you don’t need this..

For more information on Poverty Action Week and how you can get involved click here.

Your support will help to ensure that all local people can have a decent standard of living, with a right to adequate food, shelter, and the means to keep warm, clean and rested – no matter what crisis, illness, disability or difficulty they may be facing.

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Christmas opening hours

Charity Link’s offices will be closing at 3pm on Friday 21st December.

We will reopen at 9am on Wednesday 27th and resume normal working hours on the 28th and 29th December.

The office will be closed on New Years Day but will be open as usual from 9am on Tuesday 2nd January.

May we take this opportunity to wish everyone a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Charity Link’s e Christmas card

If you prefer to send some festive cheer electronically this year then we have created a Christmas ‘e-card’ for you! Forward this (jpeg) image on to friends, family and colleagues; the card lets them know that you are sending seasonal joy and that you have chosen to make a donation (of your choice – we suggest £10) to support local people and children in need rather than send traditional cards.  You can also use this as your header / image on social media.

If you do support us this way, please reference ‘Snowman Family’ if you can with your donation so we know the reason for your support.

Download the e-card here or email for a copy to share.

Alternatively you can also send an online card via Give Cards on – simply give a donation (which comes straight to us when you choose Charity Link – listed on this site as Leicester Charity Link) and choose your card.

Thank you for your support.

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New report launched on UK Poverty

Today (4th December) the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has launched a new report, ‘UK Poverty 2017’.

The report states that whilst over the last twenty years the UK has seen significant falls in poverty among children and pensioners, this progress is now at risk of reversing, with current poverty rates in the UK at 16% for pensioners and 30% for children.

The report states that the main reasons include rising rents, state support through benefits falling in real terms and the fact that rising employment is no longer reducing poverty.

The full report can be found on the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Website.

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You can give an extra special gift to local families this Christmas

Imagine going to sleep on Christmas Eve in a makeshift bed…

Imagine waking up on Christmas morning cold and hungry…

Imagine being unable to cook your children a hot meal, let alone a Christmas dinner, because your cooker is broken and you can’t afford a new one…

This is the reality for so many local families this Christmas.

You can give a Christmas gift this year that will change lives – and not just for Christmas. Help to ensure that local families are warm, safe and fed by donating now.

And for every £10 donated you will help to access £50 from charitable trusts that are available to help local families in need, which means you can give an extra special gift this Christmas:

£5 donation = £25: you would heat a home for a week
£10 donation = £50: you would feed a family for a week
£25 donation = £125: you would buy a child a bed
£50 donation = £250: you would buy a cooker for a family
£100 donation = £500: you would buy essential items for a family to set up a new home after being homeless

Text YULE20 £10 to 70070 to donate £10 now or donate here.