Students raise awareness of City’s homeless inhabitants

City of Liverpool College students took to the City’s streets in March to show their support for Liverpool’s homeless residents.

A group of Musical Theatre students hit Liverpool’s Church Street for an impromptu ‘flash mob’ performance, in order to raise awareness around the issues facing rough sleepers on the streets of the city.

The young students also used the event as an opportunity to raise vital funds for homeless support charity, The Whitechapel Centre, as well as for Liverpool City Council’s ‘Always Room Inside’ project, an initiative that operates a 24/7 shelter to tackle homelessness in the City.

The 10 minute performance was followed by an impassioned play which touched on topics such as mental health, financial hardship, family breakdown and lack of opportunities.

Drama Lecturer, Julie McKay, who worked with the young people on the performance said: “The students wore costumes representing all walks of life to highlight that homelessness can happen to anyone. They also used cards with messages on to dispel some of the myths surrounding the subject and to share success stories.”

The performers also used the opportunity to signpost onlookers to where they can find out more and how they can get involved.

Whitechapel Centre Chief Executive David Carter said: “This was a fantastic performance that really brought home some of the key messages about homelessness and rough sleeping in our city. It’s great to see so many young people getting involved in a subject that affects us all. It’s only through everyone working together that we can help to resolve some of the issues facing homeless people in our city.”

Watch performance here: https://bit.ly/2GVHJza

 

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