Project information

Get Your Paint Brush Out

As part of a continuation of our work with homelessness groups in Bradford we propose to engage with people who have experienced homelessness. Through participation in an interior design project participants will gain creative skills that give them a better chance of maintaining future tenancies.

20 weeks

Charity information

Artworks Creative Communities

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  • Need


    The transition from living in supported accommodation to independent living is often a difficult one. Many tenancies are lost because landlords are unhappy with the way in which the new tenant is treating their property. By providing participants with a cheap way of having more input into their future homes, and therefore a greater sense of ownership, the project aims to reduce the risk of tenancies being cut short.


    Artworks will run a series of interior design workshops to teach groups accessing homeless support organisations how to transform rooms into spaces that reflect their personalities and aspirations.
    Workshops will cover a range of activities from creating art for the walls to painting and decorating techniques, to simple ideas for creating soft furnishings and renovating second hand furniture, all within a limited budget.Results will be displayed in a city centre shopfront, promoting the project

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To help 10 participants to gain skills and confidence which will help them maintain future tenancies


    » 16 workshops in creative and technical skills with groups of people who have experienced homelessness.
    » Mentoring and peer learning work to encourage engagement in the project and increase confidence and self-esteem.
    » Exhibition and celebratory event to promote the work and gain publicity for the project and participants.

    Through monitoring and evaluation we will show that the project has engaged 10 people who have experienced homelessness in the workshops and have increased their confidence.

  • Impact


    The project aims to reduce homelessness by encouraging participants to maintain tenancies. This will be achieved by participants learning new skills, and considering how their existing skills could be applied in a more entrepreneurial approach.

    Artworks will demonstrate the success of this project by measuring maintained tenancies, increased social skills including team work and communication, and participant feedback on increased confidence, self esteem and sense of achievement


    Due to the chaotic nature of some of the participants’ lives, it may be difficult for some to engage with the whole programme. By setting up mentoring and peer learning systems participants can work with trusted peers, learning at their own level and gaining increased confidence as they are able to pass on skills and experience.


    Donors will be automatically added to our monthly e-bulletins in which we will update monthly about activities and participant feedback on the project.
    Major donors will be contacted directly in writing to express our thanks for their support.
    We will also update our website on a weekly basis.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,110 Workshops Holding 10 workshops for people that have experienced homelessness
      £4,390 Staffing Project development and management
      £500 Marketing Promotion of workshop sessions and exhibition / celebration event
      £1,000 Consultancy Homelessness Consultant
  • Background


    The project will take place in Bradford. Nationally, Bradford is the 4th most deprived district on the income scale, and the 6th most deprived district on the employment scale (IMD 2007.) Statutory homelessness is significantly worse than the English national average (Health Profile 2009.)
    Artworks will work with homelessness support agencies across Bradford to engage people who are most at need or at risk.


    This project will work with residents of the Bradford area who have experienced homelessness.
    Many of the participants will be moving from supported accommodation into independent living and this project is designed to help them to maintain tenancies as well as giving transferrable skills useful in employment.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Artworks Creative Communities have been working within the Bradford area for over 12 years on over 500 projects.
    We have worked successfully on projects working with the homeless community for the last 12 months facilitating workshops on creative writing, rap and photography which culminated in the production of a publication.
    We were recently shortlisted for the Charity Awards for our work with the homeless community receiving a highly commended award.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ged Walker

    As Senior Project Coordinator Ged will have overall responsibility for the structure of the project and its financial management.

    Jessica Penrose

    Jessica is our Training Projects Coordinator and will be responsible for the day to day delivery of the project.

    Cat Thom

    Cat is the Systems and Marketing Manager at Artworks and ensures that projects receive publicity and recognition for the excellent work that they do.

    Gary Staniforth

    Gary is employed as Artworks' Homelessness Consultant. He has driven the development of projects and is now involved in all of our homelessness work.