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

Arts & Crafts Outreach for homeless people

Your donations will support homeless and vulnerable people by giving them access to arts and crafts sessions at our Day Centre. The sessions will run in the main activities room, meaning they reach clients who may otherwise not attend. Arts and crafts can make a real difference to their lives.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 29 November 2016 to 12:01 PM, 6 December 2016

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1078201)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£4,000

Amount raised

£10,195

Donations

67

    Categories

  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Homeless/RefugeHomeless/Refuge

    Helping

Location

Situation

Art therapy for homeless people is very beneficial. We currently hold informal drop-in sessions in our Art Room upstairs. However, we have now identified a group of clients who lack the confidence to visit the Art Room and would benefit from a more inclusive environment. Many of our clients are not work ready, and require access to meaningful occupation. Without this healthy distraction, allowing clients to cope with their problems, many would turn to destructive behaviours in order to cope.

Solution

Our project will engage a new group of marginalised service users in Art Therapy. We will run weekly Arts & Crafts session, taught by experienced tutors and ex-homeless volunteers who have been recruited through our Step Up programme. This will facilitate access to meaningful occupation, which is therapeutically very important; will increase clients' confidence; and ultimately will encourage clients to engage better with our other services, notably our employment and training service, Workspace

  • When the wife died I was left to bring up my son. Then when my son left home I was on my own. I didn't feel right, I started getting depressed.

    — John

  • Very damaged homeless people are often seen as a lost cause. We want to challenge that by opening up access to meaningful occupation, which can completely transform people. Instead of coping with trauma by abusing alcohol and substances, vulnerable people can learn new coping mechanisms through art.

    — Steve Huddleston, Groups & Activities Coordinator

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

    — Andy

  • When the wife died I was left to bring up my son. Then when my son left home I was on my own. I didn't feel right, I started getting depressed.

    — John

  • Very damaged homeless people are often seen as a lost cause. We want to challenge that by opening up access to meaningful occupation, which can completely transform people. Instead of coping with trauma by abusing alcohol and substances, vulnerable people can learn new coping mechanisms through art.

    — Steve Huddleston, Groups & Activities Coordinator

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

    — Andy