With One Voice responds to the needs of the sector in arts and homelessness by commissioning research. Our reviews demonstrate the importance of arts for the wellbeing of those who are or have been homeless. Our handbooks and toolkits serve as a guide around specific topics.
2019 - Cultural Spaces and Design Handbook
- Inspired by the Cultural Spaces' Review above, we were approached by the Manchester School of Architecture and Laing O'Rourke to partner on a project to improve access to homeless people for new cultural spaces. This has resulted in the first-ever Design Guide for architects and planners who are interested in designing spaces to be as inclusive as possible to homeless people, co-designed with members of the Manchester Street Poem and With One Voice (download below).
2019 - Jigsaw of Homeless Support
- The Jigsaw of Homeless Support is a theoretical model that communicates the importance of the arts in the support of people who have experienced homelessness. In many countries around the world, support tends to be hierarchical and linear - you start by helping people with their most urgent needs (housing, food, healthcare) and once that is in place, other needs are addressed such as employment/training and, eventually arts and sports. While this ‘Maslovian’ theory is sound on one level, it misses many of the root causes of homelessness until much further down the line - including the trauma people face leading to low well-being and social isolation. This results in many people receiving accommodation and moving back to the streets since other needs haven’t been addressed. We believe that a much more diverse range of support should be available to everyone right at the beginning of their journey into homelessness - an interlocking ‘jigsaw’ of support where the benefits of the arts (building well-being, self-expression, social inclusion, positive public awareness and positive identity) are available alongside other services from day one. The arts will not solve homelessness but we argue that the inclusion of the arts in homelessness policy will create a much deeper and more effective homelessness support structure.
2019 - International Arts and Homelessness Literature Review
- A critical analysis of the literature on arts and homelessness, bringing together, for the first time, evidence of the impact of this sector. It will summarise the main findings from a wide range of sources from government papers, reports by arts/homelessness projects, academic articles, books or campaigning materials. We hope this review will be a valuable resource to help the sector make the case more strongly about the impact of their work. Written by Phyllida Shaw.
2020 - International Review of Cultural Spaces’ Responses to Homelessness
- Cultural spaces around the world from libraries to museums are deepening their civic duty and want to deepen access to and involvement with people who are or have been homeless. There is no shared practice about how cultural spaces can involve and include homeless people so we have commissioned a review of case studies to share good practice or lessons than can be shared more widely. This will lead to a 'Toolkit' and training package in partnership with Museum of Homelessness. Written by Phyllida Shaw.
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