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Supporting Wall Event

Tuesday 6 April 2010

On Tuesday 30 March, Independent People hosted an event at their offices in Bristol to help mark the National Federation of Housing’s Supported Housing Month.

On Tuesday 30 March, Independent People hosted an event at their offices in Bristol to help mark the National Federation of Housing’s Supported Housing Month. Local stakeholders were invited to find out more about Independent People’s work, meet some of the young people they support and take part in an art project called “Supporting Wall”. Bristol Community Artist, Klare England facilitated the arts project which saw staff from the Local Authority, young people, funders and supporters all designing individual canvasses around the themes of “Support and Independence”, which created a brickwork style mural called the Supporting Wall. During the event, 27 canvasses were added to the wall as they were made and more are being added over the next couple of weeks. The idea behind the wall was to create something that everyone contributed to - not just the young people supported by the organisation, as is so often the case with arts projec In attendance were Meg Thomas, Deputy Lieutenant of Bristol, John Cottrell, Paul Smith, Labour Candidate for Bristol West and MP Dawn Primarolo sent her support by posting them a canvas to be included. Showcasing services Supported housing helps some of the most vulnerable people in our community live fulfilling and rewarding lives through providing a wide range of services. South West Supported Housing Month is aiming to raise the awareness and profile of the good work carried out in the supported housing sector in the region. In the South West alone the sector provides more than 2,800 services to nearly 103,000 vulnerable people. We have joined together with the National Housing Federation and other providers throughout the South West to shout out about these vital services during South West Supported Housing Month. Display boards Sherry Bretten, Meg Thomas and Inside Out project worker Richard Masters Independent People staff talking to guests. Dom Wood, Chief Executive John Cottrell and Support Services Manager Carl McMurtry Chief Executive Dom Wood said “Youth homelessness as we see it should not be allowed to happen in today’s society, at a government level this is now extremely high on the agenda and it is great to see staff from Local Authorities, voluntary sector organisations, businesses and others all having an interest in the plight of the young homeless people of Bristol and South Gloucestershire. The event saw everyone mixing together with our staff and young people to discuss young peoples’ achievements and see the different services we provide. Hopefully our name will be out there more, the more support we get locally, the more we can do around homelessness prevention and support services.” Paul Smith said : "It is fantastic to see an organisation that started as a small group of people with an idea and no resources develop into such a significant and professional organisation having a positive impact on hundreds of young peoples' lives" “We enjoyed the evening and felt uplifted by everything Independent People does” Meg Thomas, Deputy Lieutenant of Bristol “I was deeply impressed by the atmosphere of positive action and achievement. I could see that the new organisation is well-structured to make further progress in traditional areas of activity as well as in new targeted areas of need.” John Cottrell “it was such an inspiring time wasn’t it.....with such special and caring people with unending patience. I was so impressed by everything there” Cherry Bretten More information If you would like more information about the Supporting Wall event or would like to work with us on future events please contact Pilar Garcia, Funding and Communication Officer on 0117 317 8800. Can you help Float our Boat?

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