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Everyday challenges of the charity model

Suggested Timing: 20-30 minutes


This activity uses a image and a series of prompting questions to support a group of people to discuss everyday challenges faced by people needing to access food as charity and consider actions that can be taken to address these issues. Developing a shared understanding of the context and consequences of these challenges can help participants think of meaningful actions to enhance dignity.


While everyone has experienced havign their dignity undermind some people have experiences that undermine their dignity because of their race including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin. The aim of this activity is to support participants to think about difficult social problems and potential next steps from a different perspective.

Note: This activity can be done online or in person. One facilitator will lead the discussion using one image and the step-by-step guide.


For in-person discussions, each participant will need a printed copy of the image. The facilitator will need a printed copy of the discussion guide.


It is ideal for there to be 4-6 people in the group, including the facilitator. Small groups allow for each participant to contribute to the conversation more fully. For online discussions, you might consider using breakout rooms.


Make sure that everyone can see a copy of the image below well enough to look at it in detail. Guide participants through each of the questions, allowing 5-10 minutes for each section. Encourage each participant to take part in the discussion.

Note: you can take this activity further by doing the advanced version where you can chose between 4 different images and further reflection questions.

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Discussion Guide

1. What

Get to grips with what is happening in the image, focussing only on what is contained in the image and not on opinions or interpretations. (5-10 minutes)

What can you see?

What is happening in the picture?

What are they doing?

What are they saying?

What are they thinking?

2. Why

Explore why this situation is happening. You can challenge any myths, stereotypes and misinformation that arises by asking specific questions. (5 minutes)

Why is this happening?

Why are the people doing what they are doing?

3. You

Invite participants to make a real life comparison and share their own experiences with either the person sitting next to them or with the group. (5-10 minutes)

Has this happened to you?

Has this happened to someone you know?

Does this happen in your community?

4. Consequences

Identify what problems this situation leads to. (5-10 minutes)

What impact does this problem have on people’s lives?

What impact does this problem have on people’s sense of dignity?

What are the consequences of this problem?


The images used in this activity were developed by people living in the asylum process. In 2022 the Dignity Project and the Govan Community project partnered to ensure the resources also reflected the experiences of those in the asylum process. As part of this we also created A Beginners Guide to the UK Asylum Process (click here to access) and Everyday challenges of the charity model- advanced version.

This activity is based on the work of Brazilian educator Paulo Freire on ‘codes’ or ‘codifications’ (from Freire’s Portuguese, codificacão). A code is a concrete, physical representation of a particularly critical issue, used as a mechanism to trigger or animate dialogue. Codes are developed following a ‘listening phase’ by students or community members, and can take many forms: a written dialogue, a story, a photograph, a skit, a collage, or a song. No matter what form it takes, a code represents people’s reality back to them and allows them to project their emotional and social responses in a focused and ‘safe’ fashion. The images or ‘codes’ included in this activity were co-produced by experts by experience from Govan Community Project’s Food for All Group in collaboration with Martha Adonai Williams and with illustrations by Kaitlin Chan.

Click here to access the PDF activity guide