August 21, 2011
Homelessness is a key social issue in Canterbury, one that has become more serious as a result of the recession. Some of our students have either worked or volunteered for local organisations working on the issue. Others have engaged with homelessness in written or video projects. See for example Becca Toop’s project ‘Homeless but not Helpless‘ and Vanessa Maire and John Ireland’s project ‘Counting Down‘. We’re happy to announce that we have built a strong relationship with Porchlight, one of the key NGOs working on the issue in Canterbury and Kent. Students on our MA programme in Visual Anthropology now have the opportunity of doing a placement with Porchlight and develop new creative media products of use to the organisation. In turn our students learn about the collaborative process and develop media production skills.
You can read here the results of research carried out on homeless provision by the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent.