Through the hardships of sleeping rough, the homeless no doubt has a wealth of experiences to share. From stories of how they’ve managed to overcome difficulties to lighter tales of interesting things, they’ve seen on the streets, these usually unheard and side-lined individuals have so many lessons we can all learn from.
With the creation of a podcast channel, we can tap into the vast potential of their individual stories. We aim to show that everyone has a story, to undo the de-humanising of the homeless so often seen in society, and to simply inspire more kindness and goodwill.
The homeless will be given a voice, an opportunity to come forward and contribute their story, after which the podcast team will work closely and carefully with the contributor to transform the story into an engaging narrative, ultimately delivering a 15-minute podcast as the product. We aim to produce 5 podcast episodes per term.
Beyond the podcast, the team will also be providing support to those who are part of the project. We see the podcast as the first step of building confidence and reintegrating back into society. In the long term, we hope to provide our beneficiaries with more long-term employment opportunities such as internships and placement positions with affiliates.
Last year, we directly impacted the lives of 26 beneficiaries.