In January BHT Heritage began working on a 10-week partnership project with Little Green Pig, a creative writing charity in Brighton and Hove.
The project, Street Stories, brings together 20 young writers from various schools in Brighton and Hove, with clients and former clients of BHT who have experienced street homelessness in the city. The children, who are aged between 9 and 11 years old, will use these experiences to create their own stories about characters facing rough sleeping.
The stories will challenge the public perception of homelessness and will be made into a digital audio story walk through the streets of the city. The final piece will be launched for the public during Brighton’s Fringe festival in May 2016, and will be shared with local schools.
The project started with an introduction workshop, led by BHT’s Heritage Officer, which saw the children exploring what it’s like to experience street homelessness, why someone might become homeless in the first place, who might become homeless, what essentials someone might need to stay safe and well, and where people can access support in Brighton and Hove.
At the end of the session the children created questions for BHT clients and ex-clients, to learn about where they chose to sleep, their daily routine, how they stayed safe, which services they went to for food, and how they kept clean.
The group will be involved in recording sound effects and mapping a route for the audio walk, which will incorporates their stories and the voices of BHT clients and ex-clients. They will also visit First Base Day Centre to learn about the facilities provided for people experiencing homelessness in Brighton and Hove today.
Little Green Pig has inspired over 1,300 seven – 18 year olds since it started in 2008: