One of the most fulfilling things I’ve done this year is to work with Accumulate Art School For The Homeless charity. The remarkable founder Marice Cumber, read my piece about being homeless in The Big Issue and asked if I’d hold a workshop for her students. Since then I’ve contributed to their Book of Homelessness and this month’s art kits, which I’m so proud to be a part of (1000s have been posted to hostels and temporary accommodation since people couldn’t get to workshops).
Apart from helping to build skills and improve lives through creativity, the charity also provides fully funded scholarships at Ravensbourne University.
The Book of Homelessness has REAL stories and art by creatives affected by homelessness, from fleeing war torn countries, to neglect and social circumstances. I’m proud to support Accumulate by contributing my piece on what it was like to be homeless and pregnant as a teenager.
Copies are available from accumulate.org.uk. and all profits go to charity.