Ophelia Kingshott of Broadway, Shepherd's Bush
HOMELESS people in Shepherd’s Bush are set to document their lives in hostels and on the street through a charity photography course.
Residents at the Broadway Homelessness and Support hostel, near Shepherds Bush Green, will be taken on a 10-week course by professional photographers. They will also get the chance to take pictures alone to document their own lives in the area.
The idea is to allow them to tell the real story of homelessness while also giving them additional working skills.
Oraganiser Ophelia Kingshott, a Broadway support worker, said: “We wanted to find an activity that would support our residents and also develop their skills base.
“Photography seemed to be a perfect fit because it was a creative way of helping our clients while also boosting their personal relationships and confidence.
“A number of professional photographers have already been signed up to help on the course. It will give our residents a voice and a way of showing how much they love the area.”
The Shepherd's Bush hostel houses 27 homeless people, referred there by street outreach teams across west London.
It is run by the Broadway Homelessness and Support charity that, last year, helped more than 7,000 people on their journey from street to home across London.
The photography course will run through January and February and will end in a final exhibition of work.
For more information on Broadway Homelessness and Support, visit www.broadwaylondon.org