What you can do
During Anti-Poverty Week we encourage all Australians to host or participate in an activity that focuses on positive solutions to end poverty. You can make a difference by raising awareness on poverty issues or even working with your local community, state or national organisations to take action on alleviating poverty and hardship.
It doesn’t matter if your activity is big or small. It’s important that your activity brings people together to reflect on how poverty affects us all and that there are ways that all Australians can help.
Each year, people from all over Australia including local governments, schools, organisations, universities, workplaces, and communities come together to host activities such as:
- lectures, debates, workshops and conferences
- letters to newspapers, petitions, surveys and publications
- open days, walks, rallies, sleep outs, film nights and concerts
- advice and training sessions, exhibitions and information stalls
- meal services, fundraisers and religious services
- competitions, award presentations and school projects
Tell people about poverty
- You could organise a talk or presentation by someone who has experienced the effects of poverty or worked closely with someone who has done so. For example, this could include a client of a welfare organisation, a Big Issue seller, a welfare or health worker or someone from an overseas aid project.
- You could hold an event at your workplace or social group or combine it with a social event like a breakfast, morning tea or dinner. Or you could just organise a simple get-together for staff at your work to mark the Week and help create interest.
- You could set up a display, exhibit or stall giving information about poverty issues at a local event, your work or a public place like the library. Or you could write an article for a newspaper, website or other publication.
Encourage debate or discussion
- You could organise a debate, forum or hypothetical about a local issue, and include for example local community leaders and identities such as MPs, councillors, heads of community groups and local media.
- You could organise a workshop, seminar or conference on particular poverty issues. It could be designed mainly for people who are directly affected by poverty, provide community or welfare services or work with disadvantaged people in some other capacity.
- You could carry out some research or a survey about the issue and use it as a basis for discussion at the meeting.