Art-Alive is involved in both outreach and resettlement work with vulnerable youth who are either homeless, unemployed, emotionall unstable, broken home, just came out of prison, or live in hostels. We are also heavily involved in more community-based work with young, vulnerable adults in several London boroughs. We work closely with prison education departments to deliver art projects within these establishments and are actively working towards establishing a partnership with Centrepoint to become their creative/artistic arm in their endeavours to support the homeless.
Our hands-on approach enables us to get to know the students personally and to gain a clearer understanding of their support needs. When someone has a genuine interest in developing their artistic skills then we will meet them at the prison gates when their sentence ends, or at their home once they have found a place to live in the community. A familiar face can often help them to navigate what can be a very vulnerable time in their life.
Art-Alive becomes part of the young adult’s social network and acts as a bridge from the inside to the outside, either coming out of hostel, prison or home. We can assist with the resettlement process by ensuring that their housing and other needs are adequately dealt with. Art-Alive can provide some assistance with transportation and lunch costs, if needed. Some of the young, vulnerable adults with whom we work do receive benefits and some have a part-time job, or are undertaking some form of government training programme Job Centre Plus. Art-Alive supports them for a period of three to six months, depending upon their needs. We play an important and useful role in their lives and, once they move on, we encourage them to return and give us a progress report on a quarterly basis. Art-Alive has helped more than 5,000 people over the past 15 years.