Project HOME: A student-made documentary about homelessness
A Peacemaking Project by Yasha S.
What is the injustice we are solving?
Our project is trying to change the perception of homelessness in Newham, London. A shocking statistic reveals that 1 in 25 adults living in our community are homeless. This is unacceptable given that we are a borough that has recently been given huge sums of money invested into it. Where has all that money gone? We are a group of 30 young people who have come together to create Project Home. We are planning to make a documentary that will raise awareness and shine a light on the issue of homelessness and stimulate a change in our local community. We want to show the realities of life without a home and prove that there is no stereotypical homeless person. We want to empower people to talk about homelessness and we aim to provoke our local politicians to have an open mind to new ideas on how to tackle this issue. According to Shelter, homelessness is higher in Newham than it is anywhere else in the country. As stated by “Worldmeters” the current population in the UK is 66,525,462 - that means that if the rest of the country had the same proportion of homelessness, there would be over 2.5 million people without homes to call their own.
Our Compassionate Solution:
To solve this injustice of Homelessness
we will address our local authority and the people living in our area
by making a documentary to raise awareness and stimulate a new discussion around this issue.
Our Project Plan:
- Raise £4000 on our Kickstarter page
- Host an event to showcase our project and start a serious conversation about this issue - inviting community members, parents, charity workers, businesses and local politicians
- In 2018-19 we aim to make a feature-length documentary
- In the next 3 months we will have: - held a demonstration outside Stratford station - raised £4000 funds (if we are not able to achieve this, then as close to this as possible) - created a short film (roughly 10 mins) which represents about 1/6 of the final documentary - Have identified a core team who will take this documentary project forward into the 2018-19 academic year. - Be in conversations with Stratford Picturehouse as our venue for a community screening.
We will increase my / our compassion by...
Meeting with former homeless people to hear their story about their time on the streets. This will allow us to emotionally connect with the project because we would have had a personal testimony from them.
How will you show courage?
We will take risks and come out of our comfort zone. An example of this is that we’re planning to organise a demonstration outside Stratford station to educate the public about homelessness, which is something that most students have not done before.
How will you collaborate with others?
We have worked closely with Caritas Anchor House, a local sheltered housing facility, and Lola’s homeless, a local volunteer network.
How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)
We will know that we’re moving in the right direction as we would have met our goal of £4000 and we would be able to buy the right equipment. By raising £4000, it would also show that we have generated a large amount of interest and concern in this issue and we would have a supporter-base for this project in the future.
- Our first target would be to meet our funding goal
- Once we meet our first target, a small group of students will take forward this documentary, taking part in interviews, running further community events, and travelling beyond Stratford to continue our investigation about homelessness.
- We are aiming to hold a community screening in early 2019 of the full documentary.