"Beyond Stereotypes: Homeless Voices Disrupting Stigma, Igniting Change"
The exhibition aims to raise awareness about homelessness by providing a platform for homeless individuals to share their stories, experiences, and perspectives. The title conveys the overarching goals of the exhibition: to challenge and break down the stereotypes associated with homelessness, while also inspiring positive change in societal perceptions and policies related to homelessness.
Humanising Homeless People: Often, people who are experiencing homelessness are dehumanised or reduced to negative stereotypes. By giving them a voice and showcasing their stories, this exhibition calls attention to the fact that homelessness can happen to anyone, and that each individual has a unique background and journey that led them to their current situation.
Challenging Stereotypes: Homelessness is frequently stigmatised as a result of misconceptions and stereotypes. This exhibition challenges these stereotypes by presenting the complexity of the issue. By sharing personal narratives, struggles, and triumphs, it highlights that homelessness is not just a one-dimensional problem but a multi-faceted issue that requires a comprehensive and empathetic understanding.
Empowering the Homeless Community: Through the exhibition, our clients have been given the opportunity to see their value and tell their own stories. This empowerment
boosts their self-esteem, confidence and enables them to advocate for themselves and their needs more effectively.
Promoting Social Awareness: We want this Exhibition to help the broader society become more aware of the challenges faced by homeless individuals, here in Woking. We believe that when people see the real stories and faces, it can lead to increased empathy and understanding, fostering a stronger commitment to finding sustainable solutions to homelessness together.
Fostering Dialogue and Connection: This exhibition provides a space for people from all walks of life to engage in meaningful conversations about homelessness. This dialogue can bridge gaps in understanding and promote a more inclusive and compassionate society.
“So often our clients can feel people aren’t interested in discovering who they are and what they think about themselves.”
Cherisse Dealtry Chief Executive
Thank you for taking the time to view these fantastic pictures. I wanted to give you a brief insight into the idea behind this exhibition. The stunning photographs by Surrey photographer Siân Tyrrell provide us with a unique opportunity to offer a genuine glimpse into the lives of our clients.
Each photograph captures a story, a struggle, and ultimately, a triumph. It is a powerful reminder that, with the right support, the path to stable housing is not an insurmountable one. However, this cannot be done alone. Homelessness is uncomfortable to see, it is real and visible in almost every city in England. It is time to tackle head on the barriers to a safe, affordable home that everyone deserves to have.
This exhibition is not just about the work that we, York Road Project, do. It's about you, your neighbours, your friends, and the collective power we hold as a community. Now more than ever, those who support, donate, and raise awareness of our work are needed.
Your voice matters. Share your thoughts, ideas, and experiences. Volunteer your time or expertise. Advocate for change. Each action, no matter how small, contributes to a stronger, more compassionate community.
We believe that by working together we can be an advocate for change, and we are starting it here in Woking.