New project supporting people experiencing homelessness

Posted on: 16th February 2024

Proud to be part of new UKRI partnership

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The image depicts an artist outdoors, working on a large canvas. The artist wears a black jacket They are using a paintbrush to apply vibrant colors to the canvas. Various art supplies, including paint tubes and brushes, are scattered around. The artwork appears to be a portrait with red and orange hues. In the background, there’s a black metal fence separating the grassy area from residential buildings.

Helix Arts are very proud to be part of new innovative research around how we can support people experiencing homelessness. We look forward to bringing our knowledge of creative health to the project.

This new UK Research and Innovation funding means a new research partnership can come together to transform the infrastructure of support available to those who are homeless.

Led by Northumbria University, Helix Arts will be joining five other organisations including a network of housing providers, arts organisations and healthcare services from across the North East and Cumbria to provide a more creative approach to the research.

Our Director Cheryl Gavin says:

We work closely with communities and encourage social agency through collaborative partnership working across a range of settings, including through research partnerships.

Our experience of working with people in challenging circumstances, including homelessness, is demonstrated through projects such as ‘Home and a Job’, ‘Invisible Visible’ and ‘Creative Progression’. We support the creation of high-quality cultural activity and believe this work is important and relevant to community research and development, particularly vulnerable and excluded communities.