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Posted On: 27th May 2015

Inspired by Art

Fixer Josh
Art workshop
Some of the creative work done during the art sessions

After working in supported accommodation, a young man from London is showing how art can help those who’ve experienced homelessness to draw on life’s positives and not dwell on the past.

 

Twenty-three-year-old Josh Falconer-Roberts believes that unlocking creative potential can help people to express themselves and integrate with others.

 

‘My eyes have been opened to the number of people my age who have lived such chaotic lives, which has made me realise how lucky I am,' explains Josh.

 

‘One thing I’ve noticed is how little interaction some of them have with the rest of society.

 

‘I believe getting more people involved in art can help to unite individuals and give them a sense of purpose.’   

 

With Fixers, Josh has helped to organise a series of creative workshops at Earls Court YMCA, where he works.

 

Including ceramic painting, collage work and photography, the sessions were an opportunity for young residents to get their creative juices flowing and engage with others.

 

Josh adds: ‘During the art classes, I was quite surprised by just how creative these young people could be. They felt valued and expressed themselves in ways they probably have never done before.

 

‘It was really inspiring for me because I know what many of them have been through.  

 

'For them to, even for a couple of hours, forget about what’s happened in the past, was amazing to see.’

 

As part of the project, the young people’s artwork will be displayed around the building.

 

Josh says: ‘It’s all about making them feel appreciated and proud of where they live.

 

‘It was also a chance for them to believe in themselves once again and realise they’re worth something.’

 

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