Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

A Firm Commitment 

When it comes to Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, we're firmly committed to delivering our moral, corporate and legal responsibilities.

Poverty Awareness Month 

April is poverty awareness month in the college. This month is a chance to celebrate the good work done to tackle poverty and inequality, as well as to recognise the challenges still facing us.

Why it’s important?

Although we are lucky to live in a relatively wealthy country, the uneven distribution of this wealth means there are many people living in poverty who do not have access to adequate housing, food, education and employment opportunities.

Poverty Awareness Month is a chance to challenge stereotypes and myths about poverty and those who experience it, as well as to think about how we might all contribute in our own ways to making the country a fairer and more equal one.

Answers to our table-topper quiz questions

1. What are the top three reasons why people need to use foodbanks? 

In 2017, the Trussell Trust reported that the most given reason for using foodbanks was low income (26%), followed by benefit delays (26%) and benefit changes (17%) (reference: Understanding Glasgow).

2. Can you name some of the signs that someone has a debt problem? 

The signs of a debt problem can be much the same as someone worrying about anything. They might seem anxious, they might seem worried, depressed, withdrawn, they might be having trouble sleeping. If they’ve been in debt in the past, debt problems can reoccur or they could have had a life event that means their income might have gone down. You also might notice that someone changes their spending habits (Reference: Money Advice Service).

3. What percentage of adults in debt have a mental health problem?

Half of adults in problem debt have a mental health problem. Money and Mental Health carry out research to try to understand the link between financial difficulties and mental health, and money worries are a key part of this puzzle. In 2016 they published a significant piece of research based on the experiences of over 5,000 people with mental health problems. They mapped the key pathways from financial difficulty to mental health problems, to try to understand the links, and where they might be broken.

For example, we found that financial difficulty often leads to creditors sending lots of letters or making frequent telephone calls that can, unsurprisingly, cause stress and anxiety - which take their toll on our mental health. We also found that being in debt takes up lots of time and mental health energy, managing bills, researching options and budgeting - which can leave us exhausted, anxious and feeling low (Reference: Money Advice Service).

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Further information

Any questions? Please call our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Team on 0141 375 5401/5402, or email us at edi@cityofglasgowcollege.ac.uk

The links below provide more details on our statutory duties, together with relevant college policies and practice.