Street porridge sale for Child Poverty Action Group Scotland

By Annika Wolf
January 22, 2013

Following the success of our last 'porridge stall' here in Edinburgh, we have chosen to support the local charity Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland (CPAG) with another one from 8am to 12pm at St John's Church, on the corner of Princes Street and Lothian Road, on Friday 25 January 2012.

The 'we' is the team behind the Festival of Spirituality and Peace, which takes place in Scotland's capital every August - but which has been increasing its activities throughout the year, including the recent Edinburgh Charities and Volunteers Fair.

So why are we backing Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland?

Well, one in four of Scotland’s children are officially recognised as living in poverty. In some areas over one in three children grow up in poverty. With Scotland’s undoubted wealth CPAG believes this is a scandal. There is no reason why our child poverty rates should be so much higher than in many other European countries.

Poverty remains one of the most serious problems facing children today. Its effects last a lifetime, negatively impacting on health, education, social and physical development and seriously harming future life chances and opportunities.

CPAG in Scotland was established in 1999 and works to raise awareness of the devastating impact poverty has on children in Scotland, maximise families’ incomes by helping to ensure those eligible for benefits and tax credits receive their full entitlements and campaign for positive policy changes to end that poverty.

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© Annika Wolf is responsible for event planning with the Festival of Spirituality and Peace. She is completing a Masters degree at Queen Margaret University Edinburgh in Arts and Cultural Management. Originally from Germany, she has been working for FoSP to complement her studies.

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