Homeless Link Get Creative: how the arts can transform the lives of homeless people

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From Homeless Link by Stephen Holland

A report launched today by umbrella body Homeless Link celebrates the value of creative activities for people who are homeless and makes the case for continued investment in arts projects.

Get Creative: Art for All evidences the benefits of engaging this vulnerable group in creative activity, and the positive impact this has on people’s lives, through in-depth case studies and testimonials. The paper makes a number of recommendations for commissioners, arts and cultural institutions and homelessness services, including:

Thinking innovatively about ways to inspire change and move away from traditional methods of support

Reducing levels of exclusion from mainstream arts experienced by homeless people

Engaging artists and creative organisations with homelessness services to offer high quality projects

Homeless Link has been running the Get Creative: Arts for All project since 2011 with the aim of building stronger links between the homelessness and arts sectors…

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Freelance writer. Activist on homeless issues. 48 years old. I write about subjects that need to be examined closely and thoughtfully. The idea for Brain Sections came from reading a book about abandoned asylums. I wanted to set a suspense story in that setting. The inclusion of crazed scientists turning homeless people into zombies is what makes the story unique. View all posts by tjmcfee

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