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Brighter Futures customers will be showcasing their photography skills through the exhibition, ‘Forgotten Places: Falling in love with Stoke again’, at the Airspace Gallery, in Hanley, launching Friday 4th March, from 6-9pm.
The exhibition will feature photographs taken by customers from Brighter Futures Appetite Hub, who took part in a six week photography course facilitated by Dan Burwood from Some Cities CIC, a Birmingham based photography organisation that uses participatory photography to help develop skills and encourage social cohesion.
The customers learnt different aspects of photography from portraiture and storytelling to close up photography, exploring and capturing the city on foot with their new photography skills.
Forgotten Places: Falling in Love with Stoke Again will run from Friday 4th – Saturday 19th March at the Airspace Gallery, coinciding with the gallery’s 10th birthday celebration.
For more information about this exhibition and the Airspace Gallery visit: http://www.airspacegallery.org/index.php
For information about Appetite Stoke visit: http://www.appetitestoke.co.uk/
Stoke City Community Trust are hosting an event to raise awareness of the growing issue of homelessness and rough sleeping in Stoke on Trent. The “Big Sleep Out”, which takes place on Friday 12th February, will see Stoke City fans braving the cold weather conditions and sleeping overnight at the Britannia Stadium to raise money to help homeless people.
Stoke has seen a 28% increase in the number of people sleeping rough over the last 12 months. Brighter Futures, funded by Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Newcastle-Under-Lyme Borough Council, provide an outreach service 7 days a week, 365 days a year to people who are rough sleeping. The outreach team help people move from the streets into accommodation where they can start to get the help they need.
During the last 12 months the team have supported 191 people and helped 121 get accommodation.
Stoke City’s midfielder, Glenn Whelan, who helped launch the event last November said: “It’s a sad fact of life that so many people in the United Kingdom are homeless, but the Big Sleep Out will help to raise awareness of their plight and of course, much needed funds.”
Brighter Futures, who also run a direct access hostel in the City centre and the Macari Centre, Street Retreat, have been identified as this years‘ beneficiaries of the event.
Policy Director, Sarah Vernon said: “It’s great that Stoke City are highlighting an issue that affects so many people locally. Most people will think it unlikely they will ever find themselves homeless. The reality is that homelessness can be caused by life events such as losing a job, relationship breakdown, ill-health or bereavement. These are things that could happen to any of us at any time.
Thanks to The Community Trust and everyone who is supporting the Big Sleep Out – your actions will help reduce rough sleeping and help homeless people start to live healthier and safer lives.”
To find out more about the ‘Big Sleep Out’ or to sign up to take part contact the Community Trust on 01782 592130 or visit http://bit.ly/23bZUGd
If you are sleeping rough or know someone who is contact the Rough Sleeper Team on 0800 970 2304 – calls are free.
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