Cardboard Citizens

Support us in writing our next act

The need for people experiencing homelessness to have opportunities to express themselves is greater than ever. As we emerge from Covid-19 and Cardboard Citizens marks 30 years, we invite our community to come together to support people affected by homelessness to realise their full potential.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1042457)

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Championed by Monday Charitable Trust


  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Homeless/RefugeHomeless/Refuge


  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • Minority GroupsMinority Groups


United Kingdom


Covid-19 has been devastating for people experiencing homelessness, with lockdowns compounding physical and mental health issues, poverty, unemployment and isolation. Although the worst of the pandemic may be behind us, a crisis of homelessness is one of its legacies, and there is now an urgent need for consistent and varied support. Please stand by us so that people experiencing homelessness are empowered to write their next act.


For 30 years, Cardboard Citizens has proved that theatre can be a uniquely powerful tool for empowering people affected by homelessness. Through our year-round participation programme of workshops, masterclasses, qualifications and training, ranging from playwriting and performance skills to CV-writing and money management, we support people affected by homelessness to gain the confidence, skills and sense of community they need to make sustained life progress.

  • 'There is a sense of home at Cardboard Citizens – a sense of home when you don’t have a home is very special.'

    — Cardboard Citizens Member

  • 'If I hadn't met Cardboard Citizens I'd still be in a hostel, I wouldn't be on my course. I wouldn't have met the people I met, I wouldn't have made the decisions I made. It's changed my life, opened my eyes to different prospects, it's amazing.'

    — Cardboard Citizens Member

  • 'For the first time, in a long time, I felt like someone cared about me. I had one-to-one meetings with their staff who supported my recovery and even helped me to secure a more permanent place to live. I attended workshops at Cardboard Citizens every week and gained an English qualification.'

    — Cardboard Citizens Member

  • 'We all have our own story, some more fortunate than others, but everyone should be given a chance to reinvent themselves. Thank you Cardboard Citizens for giving me this chance – it’s been life-changing in so many ways.'

    — Cardboard Citizens Member