Who we are
Accumulate (www.accumulate.org.uk) is The Art school for the Homeless.
Accumulate uses creativity to empower and increase the wellbeing and mental health of young people who are affected by homelessness and works with hostels and housing organisations across London delivering art, photography, creative writing, fashion and craft workshops.
More about Accumulate:
Accumulate's creative workshops are run in collaboration with major art and cultural institutions The Tate Modern, The Barbican, Somerset House, The Photographers’ Gallery, the BBC and The Guardian. This means that the Accumulate participants get out of the negative hostel environment, visit new places, enjoy London's cultural offer and get to overcome challenges to do with travel and gain independence.
The Accumulate participants often come from difficult, complicated and diverse backgrounds, including abusive relationships, mental health and substance abuse, foster care and prison backgrounds. Through the Accumulate programme they become engaged in something personally rewarding and meaningful, develop their self-esteem and sense of self worth and start to have the ambition to think and plan for a more positive future, whatever that may be.
Accumulate also fundraises for scholarships so that our participants can progress their creative education at university- this is life changing.