Cardboard Citizens recieves grant from Big Lottery Fund to extend our work across England

Posted on: 11 August 2015

Written by: Vicky Ream

We are pleased and excited to announce that we have been awarded £463,716  from the Big Lottery Fund to deliver our performing arts-centred work with homeless and at-risk people, supporting them to progress away from homelessness and isolation. Not only does this enable us to continue delivery in London, it also allows us to extend our practice and projects across England. Building on the relationships established touring our recent national forum theatre tours, we are aiming to reach over 5,200 homeless and vulnerable people in deprived communities nationally in nine regions.

We give participants the chance to use theatre as a tool to explore difficult issues, share their stories, and overcome barriers to progression, bringing workshops and accredited training to community centres and hostels. Through this we are helping people to build confidence, access qualifications, volunteering and employment opportunities, and generally strengthening communities across England. We will also offer training for staff to help the work continue in the area in the long term.

Adrian Jackson, CEO and founder of Cardboard Citizens commented "This grant will enable Cardboard Citizens to address the need to provide more opportunities for marginalised groups– when surveyed, hostel staff all across the UK have told us that the provision of arts activity is decreasing, yet the majority state that arts provision improves wellbeing, confidence, engagement, progression and self-expression. Our programme of work will enable a lot more vulnerable people across the country to develop skills to find their own voice, and build the confidence to bring about positive change in their lives. Its BIG!"