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Short film about ‘journey of homelessness’ in Ilford needs votes to win award

PUBLISHED: 10:00 23 November 2016 | UPDATED: 10:49 23 November 2016

Working with staff to get advice. Picture The Welcome Centre.

Working with staff to get advice. Picture The Welcome Centre.

The Welcome Centre.

A charity has entered a film competition with a clip showing “the journey of homelessness”.

Clean clothes for participants to use. Picture The Welcome Centre.Clean clothes for participants to use. Picture The Welcome Centre.

As part of a City Bridge Trust project, the Welcome Centre, St Mary’s Road, Ilford, was paired with a professional filmmaker to follow the story of service user Kieron Mappleback, who managed to turn his life around.

Entitled Hope, the short three-minute film centres on the idea that everyone should have aspirations, and that things can get better.

By working with the charity and following their advice, users can lead a “normal” life.

The clip was entered into the Charity Film Awards and is up against hundreds of other entries – to win, the centre needs the community to vote.

Workshops to talk about issues and learn skills. Picture The Welcome Centre.Workshops to talk about issues and learn skills. Picture The Welcome Centre.

Welcome Centre manager Sonia Lynch said Kieron was chosen for the film as he really wanted to make a change, and went on a real journey with the organisation,

“When he first came he was homeless, would often come in drunk with one shoe on and was paralytic at times,” she said.

“He built a strong relationship with staff, identified his issues, worked hard on overcoming them and really listened to advice.

“He didn’t want to be on the streets so he worked with us and now he has his own home.”

Service users get haircuts and regular hot showers. Picture The Welcome Centre.Service users get haircuts and regular hot showers. Picture The Welcome Centre.

Support worker Jennifer Fletcher–Simms added: “Kieron persevered and worked through his issues and he has achieved.

“When he first came he didn’t think it would be possible, but he really wanted to make the change – he represents the growth that can be made.”

The Welcome Centre is “delighted” with the “fantastic” film and hopes to show people they always have options and can lead a fulfilling life.

Filmmaker Chiraag Parmar gave his time to shoot the piece and it was completed in two days.

The charity is appealing to people in the borough to get behind the film and vote for it, not only to raise awareness about homelessness and the centre’s work but to encourage people to always have hope.

“We always talk about hope, that is our strapline here,” added Sonia.

“Homelessness affects Redbridge as a community and we all want to see people living fulfilled lives.”

To watch the film and to vote, visit charityfilmawards.com/videos/healthy-living-projects.


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