The Accumulate charity helps young people who are homeless reach their potential through participation through involvement in creative workshops, education and activities.
The young person involves themselves in something personally rewarding and meaningful that then impacts on their mental and emotional well-being. They start to build their confidence, self esteem and ambition so that they can begin planning and focussing on building a more positive future for themselves.
What’s unique about Accumulate is that it works in collaboration with Ravensbourne University London and students and tutors facilitate and teach on the workshops and build networks together. Accumulate also fundraises for scholarships for participants to progress their creative education and study, fully funded, on the Access to HE Design and Digital Media course at Ravensbourne. This is a life changing opportunity.
Obviously there is a huge amount of synergy between Accumulate and Creative Conscience and its drive to put social value at the centre of creative practice and education, so when Accumulate’s founder, Marice Cumber, met with Chrissy Levett from Creative Conscience there was plenty to talk about – especially on how to collaborate to increase impact so more people could benefit.
Out of an initial conversation came a plan! Accumulate were about to begin a series of workshops to produce the creative content for the 3rd issue of the Accumulate DECAY zine. This was to be done with participants from The Employment Academy at The House of St. Banabas (a private members club offering employment training for homeless people). The participants’ visual content and creative writing was then going to be passed to 80 x 2nd year graphic design students at Ravensbourne to work on as part of a course unit.
We needed design expertise to help guide, support and mentor the students. Creative Conscience brilliantly offered, along with L&Co Design, to resource Medeea Lascar, a recent Creative Conscience Challenge winner and Ravensbourne graduate, to work on the DECAY 3 project and support, guide and mentor the students through the project. It was an innovative, proactive and very successful way of passing on knowledge and inspiring the students to challenge themselves and take creative risks – a trickle down approach in a very practical, circular and purposeful manner which everyone benefited and learnt from.
DECAY 3 is now printed and it is both engaging and visually exciting. It is a credit to everyone involved who made, supported, produced and created the content for the zine which raises awareness of the hidden talents of those around us and gives them a creative voice. You can purchase DECAY 3
The DECAY 3 artwork is also on display at The House of St. Barnabas creating a visual environment surrounding and absorbing the visitor into a creative and colourful chaos. Definitely worth seeing and experiencing.
Accumulate really thanks and acknowledges Chrissy, Creative Conscience and L&Co Design for helping make DECAY 3 happen and being part of its creative journey. Thank you so much!