Young people aged seven-11 from Glasgow’s Playbusters community project have made a powerful short film to highlight the issue of child poverty in the UK to show to politicians and decision makers.
‘Wee Shots’ is a series of short films made by children from Glasgow, London, Oldham and Bradford. The young people talk about the impact of growing up in poverty in the UK and what can be done to tackle it.
Made in conjunction with Save the Children, filmed by Glasgow-based film company Urbancroft and sponsored by FirstGroup, the film was launched at a red carpet event at the Glasgow Film Theatre on Saturday 17th October.
Save the Children aims to use ‘Wee Shots’ to communicate to MSP’s how children live in poverty in the UK today and to strengthen support for the End Child Poverty Campaign.
Save the Children work extensively with children in poverty. 240,000 children in Scotland live in poverty – one in four young people whose parents struggle to get by every day.
90,000 of these children live in the most severe poverty when there simply isn’t enough money to pay for essential items. Save the Children believe that this is impossible and that even the basics — winter coats, decent food and back-to-school costs – can be crippling for families on such a low income.
Save the Children in Scotland is demanding that local councils and the Scottish and UK governments keep their promises to end child poverty and make changes for the poorest children.
To watch the films, please visit www.savethechildren.org.uk/endchildpoverty