CVS Inverclyde CEO, Charlene Elliott, speaks about the importance of Inverclyde's third sector at the beginning of Challenge Poverty Week
"Inverclyde is an area of great beauty but it is also home to some of the most deprived areas in Scotland. Therefore charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises have a huge role to play in supporting the most vulnerable people and helping to loosen the grip of poverty in Inverclyde communities.
"Throughout the week we will be sharing examples of how Inverclyde’s third sector is working tirelessly to alleviate poverty - the work they are doing is inspiring.
"As the third sector interface for Inverclyde, we connect and strengthen local third sector organisations: giving them tools, space, resources and creating more opportunities for them to build on their incredible work.
"CVS Inverclyde also plays an important strategic role at both a local and national to help tackle the social, economic and environmental challenges that Inverclyde faces. One of the ways we do this is by hosting networks that bring together third and public sector organisations and services including: the Resilience Network, Best Start in Life Network, Wellbeing Network and Learning Disabilities Network.
"During the pandemic, we supported and worked alongside third sector organisations in Inverclyde - of all sizes and backgrounds – to offer essential services and lifeline support to the most vulnerable people in Inverclyde.
"Inverclyde is a caring community with compassionate people always ready to offer a helping hand to those who need it. You can browse the Inverclyde Life website to discover the local organisations and services making a difference in Inverclyde.
"Volunteering is one way we can directly challenge poverty. Imagine if every person gave an hour a week to support a local charity or community organisation? What a difference it would make!
"Register as a volunteer today and act now to challenge poverty in your community".
Challenge Poverty Week 2021 runs from October 4-10 and is an annual campaign organised by The Poverty Alliance. Challenge Poverty Week is designed to highlight that poverty is a problem we can solve, and to showcase solutions we can all get behind. Find out more about the campaign and how to get involved here.