Untold facilitates arts projects with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, with a view to improving their confidence, agency and self-worth, while reducing social isolation.
A documentary film-making programme for residents in temporary accommodation designed to elicit self-reflection and self-belief.
A cultural experiences programme for residents who have recently moved into independent living, designed to build social and cultural connections.
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Participants really engaged with the process; they were so happy to be listened to, and the finished films are just lovely.
– Community Bridge Builder, St Mungo's
Untold Stories is a 6-part programme during which participants are supported to plan, shoot and executive produce a short documentary film about something they care about. Previous film topics have spanned pet dogs, Arsenal football team, squatters’ rights, local chippies and the state of British politics.
Throughout the process, Untold deliberately repositions participants: we view them not as ‘service users’, but as authorities on their chosen subject matter, with a view to nurturing their confidence and self-worth. We value their histories, their lived experiences, their insights and their ideas, and we see them as individuals with identities beyond their homelessness. In turn, participants see themselves as capable, knowledgeable and eminently worthy of others’ time, interest and attention.
Untold Experiences is a 10-week programme of cultural activities during which participants attend theatre shows, exhibitions, concerts, poetry readings, local walks and a range of other arts-based experiences. In addition, they take part in a series of group discussions, during which we invite them to reflect on and share their responses to these experiences.
The programme is intended to support individuals who have recently moved from temporary accommodation to independent living – an experience that can feel isolating and destabilizing. The activities on offer give structure and routine to participants’ lives, while growing their connections to one another and to local cultural institutions. The programme thus enables participants to build and access support networks during this new phase of life. Meanwhile, the process of engaging with and responding to different art forms deepens participants’ capacity for self-reflection and self-expression, which in turn facilitates personal change and growth.