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Stefanie Curran, Founder and Director of Punk Against Poverty CIC

Celebrating its 4th birthday – How GFK beneficiary Punk Against Poverty supports local communities with DIY approach

When David and Leticia set up the Gold for Kids charity in 2019, they felt the biggest difference they could make to the lives of underprivileged children was to support all the charities that give real life help to those who need it most.  The charities that have successfully applied for Gold For Kids grants have been chosen specifically because of the work they do to address poverty in their communities.

Punk Against Poverty Community Interest Company (CIC) is one such charity, based in Torquay in the south west, which provides immediate help to people in their local community struggling with poverty. 

Their DIY approach includes immediate practical help, like providing 700 free school uniforms to families in need each year, giving out 50 sleeping bags every year and having a network of food banks open 24 hours a day spread across Devon as well as supporting young people out of poverty through education and employment projects, with a goal of ending poverty completely.

  • 30 out of 100 children living in Torbay are in the 20% most deprived in the country
  • 13 out of 100 houses in Torbay are experiencing fuel poverty 
  • 15% of children in Devon are growing up in poverty.

Stefanie Curran, Founder and Director of Punk Against Poverty CIC, said:

“Every penny spent in our shop or donated to us helps support our work to fight poverty.  Our passion is being there for people facing poverty right when they need it most.  We do this through innovative grassroots schemes that involve and engage the community and remind people of their worth in times when it can be easy to forget.

“We are also working to end the poverty of opportunities faced by many young people from deprived backgrounds.”

The Punk Against Poverty shop, in Fore Street, St Marychurch, offers a range of stylish and affordable preloved and new clothing and accessories.  Having just celebrated its fourth birthday at the end of January, Stefanie told us where the charity’s focus is this year.

“Thank you to everyone who supported us in the last year, including the Gold for Kids charity which donated an amazing £2000 to our cause.  That was incredibly generous.  We simply couldn’t exist without you all.  

“As we enter our fifth year, we are looking for more people to volunteer at our shop (we are all volunteers!) and we would really like to add to our team of directors and co-trustees.  A lot of what we’re looking at right now are the links between autism and homelessness and autism and employment.  The statistics around this are shocking, so we’d particularly like to recruit some more autistic and neurodiverse adults who could perhaps provide an insight into the best ways we can target our help, as well as a few men, as we are a predominantly women team.”

Jules Roberts, GFK’s Supporter Engagement Manager, said:

“We are delighted to include Punk Against Poverty CIC as one of our beneficiary charities.  At Gold for Kids, our ultimate goal is to help eradicate child poverty in the UK.  The practical support offered by Stefanie and her team is just the type of project we want to support.”

If you would like to donate your unwanted crowns and bridges to Gold for Kids or if you have any old, unwanted or broken gold, silver, platinum or palladium jewellery, please email info@goldforkids.org for more information and to request a collection.

For more information about Punk Against Poverty, visit https://www.punkagainstpoverty.co.uk/