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About the community
Together, a group of homeless people in Bradford seek to tackle the loneliness, despair, social isolation and vulnerability that can come with homelessness. They are addressing what has become a hidden homeless community and aim to combat stereotypes and stigma surrounding homelessness.
The Community Voices project
The project aimed to stage 24 workshops for at least 100 people and oversee the creation of digital images for billboards to be erected across the city, plus a film to be shown on their BBC Big Screen and online. A publication of collected creative writings was also planned.
What the community did
In designing a public awareness campaign, the community worked together to devise the messages and visuals that would have the most impact about homelessness on billboards in Bradford. They were mentored on photography by a local arts organization and took part in a series of photo shoots designed to get across their key messages about addiction and discrimination. The community saw the project through from the first discussion groups to the launch of their ‘What comes first the bottle or the bench?’ billboard and other large posters.
See their billboard posters at Community Voices on Flickr
How it changed the community
The impact has been been profound for some of the members of the community:
Artworks Creative Communities is a registered charity and social enterprise which represents people who are homeless or who have experienced homelessness in the Bradford area. Find out more.