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Westminster On Our Doorstep Lenten Appeal KS4 & 5
Transcript of Westminster On Our Doorstep Lenten Appeal KS4 & 5
This Lent, we will be raising money for the Catholic Children's Society (CCS)
CCS is a Catholic charity that works to help local children and young people living in poverty
CCS help children and families of all faiths and none
What is poverty?
being without enough of something, for example not having enough food or money
Write your own definition on your worksheet.
Compare your definition with the person next to you.
1. In a classroom of 30, how many children on average will be living in poverty?
2. How many children in poverty have at least one parent in work?
3. In the Diocese of Westminster, which Local Authority has the highest level of child poverty in the UK?
Go to the site below to find the level of child poverty in your area:
1/3 of people living in the UK have experienced poverty in recent years
Why are people living in poverty?
Imagine that you are that person.
You need to use all of the information in your pack to decide:
Where you will live
What furniture you would like to buy
How you will travel places
Which bills you will pay
Which mobile phone you would like
Where you will do your supermarket shopping
How much you will spend on clothes
What leisure activities you would like to do
If you would like to go on holiday
If you would like to save money
Remember to stick to your budget
Take it in turns to discuss your budgets.
Did you find it easy to stick to your budget?
What were your priorities?
If you had an extra £300, what would you each spend it on?
Move to sit with people with the same character as you
Compare your choices with other people in your group.
How did you cope with the unplanned expenses?
How is your budget looking now?
In this lesson, 'On Our Doorstep,' we will be looking at why families in our diocese living in poverty.
We will also be looking at how we can help.
The Institute for Fiscal Studies produces an annual report on 'Poverty* and Inequality in the UK.' See if you can work out their answers to the following questions based on the 2016 report . . .
Does this figure surprise you?
Many people assume that parents of children living in poverty are unemployed. However, more and more parents are in work.
Many families in the Westminster Diocese are experiencing financial pressures. Most people face difficult months now and again. But for families living in poverty, keeping their home and providing enough food can be a constant struggle.
What has this task taught you?
Where can they turn?
The CCS Crisis Fund is available to any Head Teacher in the diocese.
CCS aim to respond to applications within 24 hours.
The Crisis Fund provides emergency help for children and their families who are living in poverty. This might mean giving them money for food, furniture or to pay household bills.
Ellie is six years old. She lives with her mum, dad and little sister. Three months ago, Ellie's dad lost his job. The family could not pay their rent so they were evicted from their flat. Ellie's family stayed with one of her dad's friends for two months. Five of them shared a one bedroom flat.
One night Ellie’s dad's friend told them to leave. They had nowhere to go and had to sleep on the streets that night.
Ellie's Head Teacher found out what was happening and called the Catholic Children's Society the next day.
With money from the Crisis Fund, CCS were able to pay for temporary accommodation for Ellie and her family.
CCS then contacted the Council on the family's behalf and within days they were given a new home.
However, their new flat was completely unfurnished. With money from the Crisis Fund, CCS were also able to buy the family beds and a washing machine.
This Lent, you can help children and young people just like Ellie by raising money for the Catholic Children's Society.
Every penny that you raise will go into the Crisis Fund
Remember, in a classroom of 30 pupils,
9 will be living in poverty.
The child or young person you help could be in your town, in your school, or even in your class
Dear Lord God,
Thank you for all that I have. Let us think of those children and young people who are living in poverty right now, perhaps in our town, school or class. Give us strength this Lent as we work to help those on our doorstep.
How can we raise money this Lent?
Write down at least one idea on your post-it note
Each person in your group will receive a different information pack. Read through the information.
*The poverty line in the UK is set at 60 per cent of the median UK household income. In other words, if a household’s income is less than 60 per cent of this average, the household are considered to be living in poverty.
Third highest in the UK
Fourth highest in the UK