Now is the time to challenge poverty

What is Challenge Poverty Week?

Challenge Poverty Week is an opportunity for you to raise your voice against poverty and unite with hundreds of organisations across Scotland in calling for a more just and equal society.

The aims of the week are:

  • To raise a unified voice against poverty and show that we all want to live in a more just and equal Scotland.
  • To build awareness of and support for solutions to poverty.
  • To change the conversation around poverty and help end the stigma of living on a low income.

In Scotland, we believe in justice and compassion and want to see our country reflect these values. That’s why we all think ending poverty must be a top priority for all levels of government.


So, it cannot be right that 1 in 5 people today are living with the constant pressure of trying to get by on an insufficient income. Low wages, inadequate social security payments, and the rising cost of living are holding people back.


Our economic recovery from the Covid-19 crisis must involve redesigning our economy to boost people’s incomes, reduce the cost of living, and create green jobs that help people and the planet.

Read our blogs below to find out what organisations in Aberdeen are doing to build awareness of and support for solutions to poverty.


Find out more about Challenge Poverty Week and how you can take part at


Challenging poverty in Aberdeen



A closer look at the help and advice on offer to those facing fuel poverty


A chat with Michelle Herd, Co-founder of the organisation

Cornhill Community Centre

A place in the heart of one of Aberdeen’s communities

Ditch Debt with Dignity

An interview with Operations Manager, Karen Bain about the support the organisation offers for those facing financial crisis

Some of the many organisations working to challenge poverty in Aberdeen…


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Scarf is an accomplished social
enterprise, delivering a positive
impact on society by providing energy advice and support

Aberdeen Cyrenians

Aberdeen Cyrenians put the needs of North East Scotland’s most vulnerable and socially excluded people first — leading at the frontline of service, care and influence for 50+ years.

Aberdeen Foyer

The Foyer is a charitable organisation supporting people in the North East of Scotland towards independent living, learning and work.  


AberNecessities is a local, non-profit charity with the aim of supporting underprivileged families in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.


CFINE is a social enterprise committed to social, environmental and economic development and works to cooperative principles which underpin and permeate the organisation and activities


Based in Aberdeen, GREC, takes a leading role in advancing equality across North East Scotland. They work to tackle prejudice and discrimination, celebrate diversity, build positive community relations, and provide evidence to change policy and practice.

Instant Neighbour

Instant Neighbour supports people on low incomes to set up home, by providing access to low-cost reuse furniture, white goods, clothing and bric a brac.


One of the core cultural organisations in Aberdeen, and is at the forefront of Community Media development in Scotland, supporting residents in the seven regeneration areas of the city in radio and video production, traditional and on-line publications, music production and digital inclusion.