We recognise that poverty is a global phenomenon and exists right here on our doorstep in addition to overseas.
Just as there is poverty in different forms in countries all around the world, there is poverty here in Scotland too. We believe that it is important to take action against poverty here at home as well as abroad.
What is the current state of the country?
Global Food Security Index Score
Considers the core issues of affordability, availability and quality across 113 countries, where 1 is the top scoring country. 3/113
Percentage of population unemployed
10.4% in Scotland, 13.7% in Dundee
Percentage of population on low income
24.8% in Scotland, 27.8% in Dundee
Number of 3-day emergency food supplies given out by food banks
210,605 parcels (2018-2019)
In 2014 we moved to the building that we are currently in based in Whitfield (on the outskirts of Dundee). The building – a large complex that was previously used by Dundee City Council, located right in the centre of Whitfield – was seen as an opportunity for Signpost International to start new community projects and partnerships. From 2014 to 2020 the building was known as the Signpost Centre.
Then in 2021 we changed the name of our building to the Roundhouse. The Roundhouse is a place where community can come together, tell stories, learn more of the world we live in, eat good food, and support each other as we journey through life. It is a place where we build on what connects us together and not on what divides. Where we learn how to be better stewards of what resources we have. It is a place where people can come and chat or just be. All are welcome at the Roundhouse. The Roundhouse is made up of three distinct but connected parts: Education, Food and Space. To find out all about the Roundhouse, click, https://www.signpost-international.org/our-work/where-we-work/the-signpost-centre-for-global-learning/
For many years we have worked alongside Monifieth High School, a local secondary school. There has been a link between the school and Signpost for over a decade and every second year a team of senior pupils have travelled overseas along with some of their teachers and Signpost staff. During a two week visit the team meet many people in the local community, helping out with practical projects and living with them in their day to day lives. They come home with a much clearer idea of what life is like for those in different countries, some of the challenges they face and how we in Scotland can perhaps help them, even though we live so far away. Many of the pupils have gained a new perspective, an increased appreciation and gratitude, and even changed their career choices.