Bridging the gap
Six out of 10 children in poverty are from families where at least one adult is employed but exacerbated by low wages and rising costs of living. Scotland’s poorest households have seen the largest decrease in income with the equivalent of £20 a week.
Inverclyde contains a disproportionate number of the poor, the vulnerable and the desperate. Child poverty in Inverclyde is at an all time high of 26%,increased from 24% in 2011 making the district joint 4th poorest council area in Scotland.
The Foodbank distributed 3 day emergency food parcels to 891 local children in severe poverty, an increase of 500 from the previous year.
None of these 891 children will enjoy a family holiday. We risk creating a situation where poverty is so stark that children grow up in parallel worlds where rich and poor families have entirely different lifestyles that are poles apart.
Inverclyde is amongst the highest areas for deprivation in the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) statistics.
Travels by Western Ferries
The children and their families will travel by Western Ferries from McInroy's Point Gourock to Hunters Quay. During their journey, they will experience and enjoy the beautiful scenery and spectacular views of the Argyllshire Hills and Firth of Clyde.
Find out more about Western Ferries.