Cardboard Citizens reaches over 1,400 homeless and at-risk people annually: we present plays performed by homeless people for homeless audiences to collaboratively problem-solve; we grow participants’ skills, confidence and wellbeing through workshops, training and qualifications; and we meet individuals’ practical needs through 1:1 support in housing, education, employment and health. We also produce professional theatre that raises public awareness of homelessness issues and sparks debate.
Having recently celebrated 25 years since our founding as a theatrical project in the rough sleepers' encampment of London's Cardboard City, Cardboard Citizens' mission is to use theatre combined with information, advice and guidance to inspire and support those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. We act as a catalyst for people to make changes in their lives. We also aim to improve public understanding and awareness by creating and performing works about the experiences of homeless and socially excluded people, with those people.
Cardboard Citizens is recognised through Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation status as the UK’s leading practitioners of Theatre of the Oppressed methodology; Theatre of the Oppressed offers theatre as a tool for liberation and empowerment to people in all stations of life – using theatre as a way of better understanding ourselves and how we fit into the worlds around us – and how we might consequently change those worlds.
Cardboard Citizens works London-wide and across the UK, and leases offices in Tower Hamlets: the most deprived London borough on three of five summary measures (Tower Hamlets Council, 2015). Our work is further complemented by international training for arts practitioners, ensuring Forum Theatre methodology is used worldwide.
Cardboard Citizens aims to:
- Increase homeless & vulnerable peoples’ (our Members') confidence and wellbeing, through creative activities that develop self-awareness, personal and social skills, aspirations, and their networks
- Improve Members’ progression opportunities, through developing their literacy, transferable soft skills, qualifications, and offering progression into work experience, further training and employment
- Work in partnership with social sector, campaigning and arts organisations to widen reach and support Members overcome wider issues in their lives
- Produce high quality theatre work for the public, raising awareness of homeless issues and sparking debate
- Deliver specialist Forum Theatre and Theatre of the Oppressed training to arts practitioners across the world, ensuring the widespread use of this unique methodology
Established: June 1994
Registered Charity Number: 1042457
Board members: 10
Full time staff: 16
Part time staff: 2
Phone number: 02073778948
Address: 77a Greenfield Road E1 1EJView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website
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