The Outer Hebrides Anti-Poverty Plan was launched today (Tuesday October 8th) in an event in the e-Sgoil building in Francis Street, Stornoway.

The plan has been devised by the Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partners.

Speakers emphasised the costs to the community of the impact of poverty on families and children in particular. 

Representatives of various groups - including Tighean Innse Gall and Western Isles CAB - were gathered for the event.

Speakers included Comhairle nan Eilean Convener Norman Macdonald; Dr Maggie Watts, director of public health; and Councillor Angus McCormack, who heads the Poverty Action Group. 

This formed part of a national campaign. Challenge Poverty Week is an opportunity for people to raise voices against poverty and show what is being done to tackle poverty across Scotland.

Organisations large and small supported Challenge Poverty Week last year, and organisers hope even more get behind it this year.

The main aims of the week are to:

  • Highlight the reality of poverty and challenge the stereotypes
  • Showcase the solutions to poverty
  • Increase public support for action to solve poverty