The pandemic has had a crippling impact on the homeless, and in the last 12 months, there has been a large increase in the number of people sleeping rough in London.
But one charity has been cultivating the creative flare of a number of homeless people, to make artwork to be sold to help build a sustainable income for these individuals.
Home(less) Made, runs weekly art groups for guests who are homeless or living with mental health conditions.
For each greetings card sold, it will give fifty per cent of profits to the artist themselves, and the rest to help cover the project’s operation costs.
For Guan Chow, the biggest impact of creating art has been on helping is mental health.
He said: “At first, I was sceptical about Home(less) Made and I wasn’t sure anyone would like my art.
“Attending Barons Court Project and being able to paint gives me structure and routine which helps keep me well.
“Seeing the cards sell has been a great boost to my confidence and self-esteem’.
This initiative was created by the Hammersmith-based charity Barons Court Project and partner Dominvs in Action.
Michael Angus, director of Barons Court Project, decided to start Home(less) Made because he saw how lockdowns were having an awful impact on people who are homeless in Hammersmith.
He said: “There was a surge in guests at Barons Court Project finding it difficult to secure work, and so this inspired the artwork project.
“Creating art will not only give them an opportunity to express themselves creatively, but will allow them to earn an income.”
This project has been started with an initial commitment of £10,000 from the group.
This will support an additional seven individuals to be put through art training at Barons Court and be provided with all the necessary equipment throughout the course.
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