Action Homeless supports homeless people in Leicester, helping them to rebuild their lives.Now, thanks to The National Lottery, they have set up a community news agency to give homeless people the skills and confidence to tell their stories. Entitled ‘Down Not Out’, the project provided them with work experience, media connections, writing skills, and the self-esteem to make their voices heard.
Run in partnership with the Leicester Mercury newspaper, Phoenix Square cinema and the Central Library, the budding reporters have shared their stories with lots of media outlets - magazines, websites, radio and TV. The impressive results are online at www.mydno.org.uk.
The impact of the project is already being felt, with many participants going onto further training and employment. Frank, a participant of ‘Down Not Out’, says: “I’ve always wanted to share my story and experiences of homelessness with people like me to help change their lives. Now I’ve got the skills and confidence to communicate my thoughts and feelings, and the links with local media. It was great to see my story hit the headlines.”
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