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Radio Station for the Homeless

The First of its Kind!

This Autumn has brought a jam packed schedule to Accumulate as we are getting ready to launch our brand new project, A Radio Station for the Homeless!

A podcast taster session. Photo credit @benpetersphoto

This project will give our participants, all young homeless people, the opportunity to digitally broadcast their stories. They will also gain the technical skills needed to present, record and edit podcasts. We were thrilled to receive funding from Nesta UK as part of their Amplified programme.  A fund supporting cultural and creative organisations that seek to develop digital ideas that generate social impact. We are also so happy to be partnering once again with Ravensbourne University London whose amazing tutors will pass on their digital expertise to train our participants.

Our particpants working with tutor Natalie Orchard. Photo credit @benpetersphoto

A Voice to a Marginalised Community

This project gives our group of young people a chance to tell their stories, giving a much needed voice to a marginalised community. ‘Its not all about being homeless!’ says our founder & Director Marice Cumber. ‘It will be a diverse and creative content made and broadcasted by people affected by homelessness – their music, their stories, their spoken word, their poetry, their interviews and programmes about the issues that matter to them.’

Working with Ravensbourne tutor Jack Brown. Photo credit @samvholt

Training by Industry Experts

We have been lucky enough to introduce some amazing guest speakers and tutors to work with our group. Industry experts worked with them on areas from creative branding to pitching & presentation skills and technical broadcast training.

The group with The Receipts podcast host Milena Sanchez

 

Pitching & Presentation skills with Soho Radio’s Claire Lynch. Photo credit @benpetersphoto

 

Branding workshop with Fahud Ahned, Senior Creative at Design Bridge. Photo credit @benpetersphoto

 

Technical skills with BBC producer & engineer Peter Monnery. Photo credit @benpetersphoto

Empowerment and Confidence

It has been amazing to see how far this group have come since our first taster sessions to now when our group are pitching their subject ideas to industry professionals! Each member of the groups confidence and self esteem has grown week on week, empowering them to a more positive outlook.

Pitch day! Presenting to industry professionals. Photo credit @samvholt

Stay tuned, six podcast subjects have now been selected and our group will go one to use their new found skills to produce and broadcast.

Accumulate Summer 2018

Wow, what a Summer we have had! As Autumn approaches, it’s great to reflect on what has been a really exciting time for our project with so much more to come!

We won an award!

June saw Accumulate highly commended by the Festival of Learning. This organisation celebrates the benefits of learning and the achievements of adults who have used learning to transform their lives. It was such a proud moment to see one of our 2017 scholarship winners; Jay collect this award. It was presented by Professor Linda Drew, Director and CEO of Ravensbourne University.

Creative Leaders 50

Following this, we were simply over the moon to see our inspiring founder and Director Marice Cumber named in Creative Review’s ‘Creative Leaders 50’. Recognition of people driving change in the creative industries and incredibly well deserved. Many congrats Marice!

Process at Somerset House

In July, we took part in ‘Process’ a two day festival of independent media & a zine fair held at Somerset House in Central London. This was a great platform for us to promote the work of Accumulate and our latest zine ‘Decay.’

 

This zine is the result of a collaboration between House of St Barnabas, Accumulate and Ravensbourne University. This collection of words, images and random thoughts by people affected by homelessness is now in its third issue. It is a really great showcase for the power of creativity, with organisations and individuals working together to form their own creative community. Click here to buy your own copy of Decay 3 and help us support more people affected by homelessness find empowerment through creativity.

The Great Fete

In August we took part in the Great Fete at Alexandra Palace in North London. Participants from hostels all over London came together to take part in this workshop. They took portraits using a polaroid camera of those attending the event. The images were then all linked together to create a ‘Palace Quilt’. This was such a great project to work on, bringing different parts of the community together to craft, share skills and make something collectively. The finished piece was then displayed by the festival.

Scholarship Winners Enrol!

As the end of August came, we were so proud to see the happy smiling faces of our 2018 scholarship winners as they enrolled at University. They will be studying on the Access to HE Diploma course in Design and Digital Media at Ravensbourne University.  This has all been made possible by our amazing sponsors Brickworks London, Straight Forward Design and Ravensbourne University. Exciting times are certainly ahead, and we are so happy to have you follow our journey with us.