Charity calls on media to listen to voices of people in poverty

By agency reporter
February 8, 2018

On Church Action on Poverty Sunday (11 February 2018), churches across the UK are reflecting on how they can listen better to the voices of people marginalised by poverty. The ecumenical charity Church Action on Poverty is calling on media outlets to make their coverage of poverty issues more accurate and sensitive. 

Churches mark this annual event by reflecting in their services on Jesus' ministry with people on the margins of society. They also raise funds to support Church Action on Poverty's work, enabling people who have been trapped on the margins by poverty to speak out and tell their stories. This year, the theme for the day parallels calls from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation for people to hear "a new story" about poverty in the UK .

In December, Church Action on Poverty worked with a regional newspaper, the Northern Echo, on a major feature that explored the changing nature of poverty in North East England. They are inviting other media outlets to partner with them on similar features, giving a voice to the experiences of people in poverty  who normally go unheard.

As well as praying and raising funds, this year local churches have been encouraged to write to their own local newspapers, challenging them to make voices heard in their pages in the same way as the Northern Echo did.

Church Action on Poverty's Media Coordinator Gavin Aitchison said, "Throughout his ministry, Jesus listened to people who were on the margins of his society. He made visible those who were overlooked, and gave them hope. We're pleased to be helping churches to follow his example, and really listen to people who are trapped on the margins by poverty today. And we hope more media outlets will work with us to make sure the voices of those people on the margins are heard by the rest of society."

* Some of the stories that were featured in the Northern Echo are available here 

* Churches can get involved in Church Action on Poverty Sunday by using a free downloadable resource pack here  

* Church Action on Poverty



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