Poverty Summit for Cheltenham Children

28 January 2019, 11:04 | Updated: 28 January 2019, 11:08

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A summit is being held to discuss how to help thousands of children living in poverty in Cheltenham.

It's all part of a year of action organised by Cheltenham Borough Council called 'No Child Left Behind'.

This was started after the council learned that there is around 4,300 children and young people growing up in poverty in the town.

The council say those children, when compared to their more affluent peers, are then facing significant challenges such as poorer education attainment, higher rates of exclusion, at higher risk being victims of crime, higher risk of being obese, higher risk of being open to social care, higher risk of self-harm.

The #OurTown summit being held on Monday the 28th of January is fully booked, and aims to raise awareness, bring together those who can make a difference and begin to discuss how they can support the cause.

Expert speakers include a representative from the national End Child Poverty coalition, and Sarah Scott, Director of Public Health.