Image shows a group of people giving speeches to the audience of the Challenge Poverty Week event in Aberdeen.

shmu challenges poverty in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire

The third sector joins forces to turn the tide of poverty as part of the Scotland-wide campaign, Challenge Poverty Week, 3 – 9 October 2022 

The first Challenge Poverty Week was launched by the Poverty Alliance in 2013 to highlight the injustice of poverty in Scotland and to show that collective action based on justice and compassion can create solutions.   

The Scotland-wide campaign is designed to highlight that too many people are living with the constant pressure of living in poverty. Each year, hundreds of organisations in Scotland do just that, including elected representative, charities and NGOs, local authorities, faith groups, businesses, schools and colleges, trade unions, professional bodies and more.  

As part of this year’s Challenge Poverty Week, one of Film Access Scotland’s founding members, Station House Media Unit (shmu), joined forces with ACVO, Cfine and AberNecessities based in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, calling for positive action based on social justice and compassion to turn the tide of poverty in people’s lives.   

Together they created films highlighting how low income and lack of access to fair pay, the high cost of living, and lack of access to much-needed help and services, are affecting thousands of households across the region.  

A group of young people were given a brief, decided the format and questions, and interviewed each other to create films. These films were screened at an event held on 3 October 2022 at the Belmont Filmhouse in Aberdeen, launching Challenge Poverty Week.  

The film made by young people involved at shmu can be watched below.

Over 60 people from the third sector, service users and local council leaders attended The Belmont Filmhouse to challenge poverty in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. 

Chief Executive of shmu, Murray Dawson, said:  

“Events like these are vitally important because it provides a space to bring people together, hearing from those most affected and sharing valuable resources and ideas on how we can best support those in our communities.”


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