Weymouth school staff living on £1 a day

BELOW THE LINE: Head of art Brian Smith, centre, with other teachers at All Saints School, Weymouth, with their lunches

BELOW THE LINE: Head of art Brian Smith, centre, with other teachers at All Saints School, Weymouth, with their lunches

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STAFF at a Weymouth school have been tackling a food challenge with a difference, and with an important social message.

A number of staff at All Saints School decided to experience what it is like to live below the poverty line by signing up to the Below the Line challenge, an initiative of the Global Poverty Project.

Participants must live on £1 a day for five days, meaning they have just £5 with which to buy all ingredients for meals.

It aims to deepen understanding of the challenges faced by people living in extreme poverty and to raise funds for anti-poverty initiatives.

This year, it is running in the UK, US and Canada simultaneously, with thousands of people spending five days below the poverty line.

The challenge finished yesterday.

Head of art at All Saints Brian Smith said: “This idea is a global initiative to help raise awareness of the plight of many families and communities around the world who barely have enough food to live on.

“Rather than simply donate money, many of the staff felt that this was a good way to join in.”

Mr Smith said pupils have had a chance to take part and there have been a number of activities taking place during the week to further highlight the issues.

PE teacher Simon Rich said: “I am always on the go and with little food I know I could get tired easily but I am glad I am taking part and feel we have support.”

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2:13pm Sat 3 May 14

Sigurd Hoeberth says...

Propaganda.
Propaganda. Sigurd Hoeberth
  • Score: -22

4:33pm Sat 3 May 14

JamesYoung says...

Sigurd Hoeberth wrote:
Propaganda.
I think it is a valid exercise to teach kids to be frugal, and i think it is valid to make sure that kids understand the impact of poverty.
However, i kind of agree with you - the definition of poverty is meaningless. What does it mean to say that on average people spend 5 days in poverty each year. Is that the 5 extra days between pay days in December and January?
I just cannot accept that this kind of poverty exists in the UK, unless it is self made. For example, an unemployed single male, over 25, living in a £500 a month rental, will receive £845 in benefits each month. Granted, there isn't a lot left after rent, council tax and utilities, but it is more like £35 a week, which is not £1 a day. A family with two kids, no work and a £700 a month house will receive £2244 a month.
Of course, there are exceptions (for example where benefit sanctions are applied, which seems to be happening more frequently and less fairly) but as a whole, poverty is not that bad.
Unless, perhaps, you have lots of debt or you smoke.
[quote][p][bold]Sigurd Hoeberth[/bold] wrote: Propaganda.[/p][/quote]I think it is a valid exercise to teach kids to be frugal, and i think it is valid to make sure that kids understand the impact of poverty. However, i kind of agree with you - the definition of poverty is meaningless. What does it mean to say that on average people spend 5 days in poverty each year. Is that the 5 extra days between pay days in December and January? I just cannot accept that this kind of poverty exists in the UK, unless it is self made. For example, an unemployed single male, over 25, living in a £500 a month rental, will receive £845 in benefits each month. Granted, there isn't a lot left after rent, council tax and utilities, but it is more like £35 a week, which is not £1 a day. A family with two kids, no work and a £700 a month house will receive £2244 a month. Of course, there are exceptions (for example where benefit sanctions are applied, which seems to be happening more frequently and less fairly) but as a whole, poverty is not that bad. Unless, perhaps, you have lots of debt or you smoke. JamesYoung
  • Score: 3

9:32pm Sat 3 May 14

Rocket dog3 says...

Sigurd hoeberth you just don't shut up do you anyway your boring me now
Sigurd hoeberth you just don't shut up do you anyway your boring me now Rocket dog3
  • Score: 17

3:01am Sun 4 May 14

Under35andout says...

stopping someones money for more than a 4 weeks is surely going have more money having to be spent by local police forces to combat the crime created by this
stopping someones money for more than a 4 weeks is surely going have more money having to be spent by local police forces to combat the crime created by this Under35andout
  • Score: -2

9:33am Sun 4 May 14

Sigurd Hoeberth says...

Rocket dog3 wrote:
Sigurd hoeberth you just don't shut up do you anyway your boring me now
Wow I managed to produce a group think fool l out of thin air with just one, carefully chosen, word. ;-) I already have an official stalker on here, the vacancy is not currently available, sorry.
[quote][p][bold]Rocket dog3[/bold] wrote: Sigurd hoeberth you just don't shut up do you anyway your boring me now[/p][/quote]Wow I managed to produce a group think fool l out of thin air with just one, carefully chosen, word. ;-) I already have an official stalker on here, the vacancy is not currently available, sorry. Sigurd Hoeberth
  • Score: -19

9:43am Sun 4 May 14

Sigurd Hoeberth says...

JamesYoung wrote:
Sigurd Hoeberth wrote:
Propaganda.
I think it is a valid exercise to teach kids to be frugal, and i think it is valid to make sure that kids understand the impact of poverty.
However, i kind of agree with you - the definition of poverty is meaningless. What does it mean to say that on average people spend 5 days in poverty each year. Is that the 5 extra days between pay days in December and January?
I just cannot accept that this kind of poverty exists in the UK, unless it is self made. For example, an unemployed single male, over 25, living in a £500 a month rental, will receive £845 in benefits each month. Granted, there isn't a lot left after rent, council tax and utilities, but it is more like £35 a week, which is not £1 a day. A family with two kids, no work and a £700 a month house will receive £2244 a month.
Of course, there are exceptions (for example where benefit sanctions are applied, which seems to be happening more frequently and less fairly) but as a whole, poverty is not that bad.
Unless, perhaps, you have lots of debt or you smoke.
It's for parents to teach children such things, not the state. The article may have been worth something if they actually told us how they did it, where they bought it and what they used, no?

However it is the state as parent that has caused the inability for so many to be able to do so things for themselves and have some common sense, dumbing down everyone and making them dependent on it as the plan always was. I wholly agree with you on benefits, the food banks I believe are a propaganda tactic, nobody in this country knows real poverty. I have seen the real thing in other countries and we have nothing anywhere near that here. We are very lucky in this country and those on benefits are swimming in riches compared to those in real poverty.

People are basically "hard up " not "in poverty" and most of that comes from bad spending, living beyond their means, buying stuff they don't need or too much self indulgence.

As for living on a pound a day, not too hard I wouldn't have thought, Lydll small chicken 2.99 big bag of rice of a quid, cook, freeze half the chicken and unfreeze it when first half gone you could make that go 5 days, less than a pound a day, even a bit left over for some spices to chuck on it, Or as a couple of more clever and self sufficient people I know do, eat for free...we have an entire coastline to fish..go fish! Costs nothing.
[quote][p][bold]JamesYoung[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sigurd Hoeberth[/bold] wrote: Propaganda.[/p][/quote]I think it is a valid exercise to teach kids to be frugal, and i think it is valid to make sure that kids understand the impact of poverty. However, i kind of agree with you - the definition of poverty is meaningless. What does it mean to say that on average people spend 5 days in poverty each year. Is that the 5 extra days between pay days in December and January? I just cannot accept that this kind of poverty exists in the UK, unless it is self made. For example, an unemployed single male, over 25, living in a £500 a month rental, will receive £845 in benefits each month. Granted, there isn't a lot left after rent, council tax and utilities, but it is more like £35 a week, which is not £1 a day. A family with two kids, no work and a £700 a month house will receive £2244 a month. Of course, there are exceptions (for example where benefit sanctions are applied, which seems to be happening more frequently and less fairly) but as a whole, poverty is not that bad. Unless, perhaps, you have lots of debt or you smoke.[/p][/quote]It's for parents to teach children such things, not the state. The article may have been worth something if they actually told us how they did it, where they bought it and what they used, no? However it is the state as parent that has caused the inability for so many to be able to do so things for themselves and have some common sense, dumbing down everyone and making them dependent on it as the plan always was. I wholly agree with you on benefits, the food banks I believe are a propaganda tactic, nobody in this country knows real poverty. I have seen the real thing in other countries and we have nothing anywhere near that here. We are very lucky in this country and those on benefits are swimming in riches compared to those in real poverty. People are basically "hard up " not "in poverty" and most of that comes from bad spending, living beyond their means, buying stuff they don't need or too much self indulgence. As for living on a pound a day, not too hard I wouldn't have thought, Lydll small chicken 2.99 big bag of rice of a quid, cook, freeze half the chicken and unfreeze it when first half gone you could make that go 5 days, less than a pound a day, even a bit left over for some spices to chuck on it, Or as a couple of more clever and self sufficient people I know do, eat for free...we have an entire coastline to fish..go fish! Costs nothing. Sigurd Hoeberth
  • Score: -13

4:35pm Mon 5 May 14

portlandboy says...

The principal of the exercise is all god but my son, who attends the school, asked how they got to work all week. Most of them drove. He could see the act of living on £1 was never really met.
Besides that, the school lunches cost nearly £2 a day if you want to drink as well as eat!
"Living" does not just mean eating once a day.
The principal of the exercise is all god but my son, who attends the school, asked how they got to work all week. Most of them drove. He could see the act of living on £1 was never really met. Besides that, the school lunches cost nearly £2 a day if you want to drink as well as eat! "Living" does not just mean eating once a day. portlandboy
  • Score: 3

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