Climbing out of Poverty

Poverty does not only exist in developing countries. Many people in the UK are living from hand to mouth with no bank account, few local shops and constantly juggling bills and debts.

Alarmingly many people in the UK think that poverty is a natural phenomenon, down to bad luck or personal failing.

But poverty is fuelled by a range of factors as well as linked to the start a person has in life. Poverty cannot be reduced without tackling the underlying inequality.

More equal societies

Research shows that countries with the lowest levels of poverty tend to have more equal societies. Family breakdown, poor education, sub standard housing and inadequate services help create a chain which is difficult to break.

Some people say ‘Why don’t they go out and get a job!’

Work is scarce particularly for those with few qualifications or health problems – and remember - over half of all children in poverty have a working parent.


Disabled people and people from ethnic minority communities can face prejudice and hostility making climbing out of poverty much more difficult.

Some people can be trapped in poverty for many years but others may be temporarily unable to provide for themselves due to some personal or economic crisis beyond their control.

This snakes and ladders game has been developed to show how people can realise their potential. They can do this by accessing help, advice and support and hopefully avoiding the many pitfalls. The challenge is to achieve a job with good pay and dignity for all.

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Play The Game

Rules: Two players take it in turns to roll the die (by clicking on it) and moving the number of squares shown. If you roll on a six, you get another go. Climb up the ladders or slide down the snakes if you land on them. The first person to the finish is the winner.

Player roll the die


In Bolsover

In Derbyshire