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Get your congregation taking action

In a rich country like the UK, people who are in poverty are often excluded and marginalised. Their voices are not heard, and they feel unable to influence the decisions that affect them. When stories about poverty do appear in the media, they are often misleading and promote negative stereotypes – making people feel even more stigmatised and marginalised.

When you support Church Action on Poverty, you’re helping to change that. We work with people in poverty  to tell their stories, and with journalists to make sure their coverage is accurate and sensitive.Recently we worked with the Northern Echo (a regional newspaper in North East England) to put marginalised voices at the centre of their coverage. They made poverty in the region into front-page news. You can read some of the articles on our blog or download them below.

Could you mark Church Action on Poverty Sunday by inviting your own local paper to do the same? Here’s what we’d like you to do:

  • Write a letter to the editor of your local paper (you can find their contact details in any copy of the paper or on their website – you should contact the editor of the paper, not the letters editor). You can get a template letter by downloading our action pack below.
  • You could invite members of the congregation to sign your letter, or ask them to write their own letters.
  • If you like, print out some copies of the Northern Echo feature to enclose with your letter - you can download them below.
  • If you happen to live in an area covered by the Northern Echo, you can still write a letter – but use it to congratulate them and ask them to keep up the good work!
  • Let us know you’ve sent a letter – and if we do get to work with your local paper, we’ll be sure to let you know.

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