The Connection at St Martin's - helping homeless people in London

Outsider Art Accredited Courses

The new model for our Art Room will run accredited teaching courses in basic techniques for homeless and vulnerably housed clients in a structured environment. This will increase clients' confidence resulting in further involvement, the uptake of Workspace training and an increase in work readiness.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2013 to 5:00 PM, 18 December 2013

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1078201)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£5,000

Amount raised

£7,761

Donations

46

    Categories

  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Homeless/RefugeHomeless/Refuge

    Helping

Location

Situation

Art therapy for homeless people is very beneficial. Our current informal model, wherein clients come and go, choosing materials and subjects and working independently with limited input from staff, has proven very successful for many clients. However, we have identified a group of clients who lack confidence and would benefit from a more structured environment. Many of these clients are not work ready and it is important that we are able to engage them in more training courses.

Solution

Our project will engage a new group of marginalised service users in our Art Room. We have designed a structured teaching plan which will run for 6-8 weeks three times a year, taught by experienced tutors and ex-homeless volunteers who have been recruited through our Step Up programme. This will increase clients' confidence, accreditation will formally acknowledge their achievements, and the project will encourage them to engage with our employment and training service, Workspace.

  • Each day I escape my outward life. Art takes me on an inner journey of childhood fantasies and dreams.

    — Andy Manderson, Artist

  • More than anything it‚Äôs being homeless that got me painting. I like the fact that people come to see my work and appreciate what I most enjoy doing.

    — Paul Mark, Artist

  • My great love is art and capturing the different light effects on large landscapes and seascapes. The larger the canvas ‚Äì the better.

    — John-Paul Seabright, Artist

  • More than anything it’s being homeless that got me painting. I like the fact that people come to see my work and appreciate what I most enjoy doing.

    — Paul Mark, Artist

  • Each day I escape my outward life. Art takes me on an inner journey of childhood fantasies and dreams.

    — Andy Manderson, Artist

  • My great love is art and capturing the different light effects on large landscapes and seascapes. The larger the canvas – the better.

    — John-Paul Seabright, Artist