Published on: 25 Oct 2017 11:33

Written by: Maryhill Housing


Big success for Scotland-wide effort
Maryhill Housing has played its part in helping make “Challenge Poverty Week” a big success.

The week-long focus on fighting poverty has been supported by housing associations and many other organisations across the country.

Maryhill  Housing is committed to tackling poverty in the Maryhill and Ruchill communities in several ways.
As part of the Challenge Poverty Week Maryhill Housing continues to offer:  
  • An ongoing initiative known as “Maryhill Online” to improve people’s digital skills and to get online.
  • An online Welfare Benefits Q&A session
  • ‘Financial Fitness’ Drop in Session – looking at how to save money through price comparison websites.
Maryhill Housing additionally offers Job Clubs to help people access jobs online , CV preparation and support in submitting job applications.

It is also encouraging tenants to apply for a “Cash for Kids”’ Christmas grant to make the festive season more affordable.

Maryhill Housing is a signatory, with Queens Cross Housing Association, and ng homes, to a Charter to fight poverty.

 The Charter for Challenging Poverty – signed in late 2016 – commits all three to doing all they can to alleviate poverty.
Challenge Poverty Week had three main aims which are:
  • Highlight the reality of poverty and challenge the stereotypes that exist about it
  • Demonstrate what is being done across Scotland to address poverty
  • Increase public support for more action to solve poverty
Meanwhile, staff of the Association are collecting for charity throughout the year and bringing donations to a local foodbank.

Ruth Adam, Community Regeneration Manager at Maryhill Housing, said: “All of us have a responsibility to fight poverty wherever we find it. Challenge Poverty Week has allowed us to focus on our ongoing anti-poverty efforts and to remind people that help is at hand.”