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Grant helps homeless in Reading
By Amanda Dellor
BBC Berkshire Reporter

Homeless man on street
A grant has been awarded to help the homeless to take part in the arts

An arts project that's giving hope to Reading's homeless people has been given a grant of £8,700.

The Pilgrim Hearts Trust along with the Churches in Reading Drop-In Centre has received the money to fund a series of workshops.

The grant comes from the Big Lottery Fund.

The project - called Have You a Story to Tell? - will feature writing workshops, song writing and film workshops.

The aim is to lift self esteem, improve communication, boost confidence and teach team-building skills.

"The arts can give the homeless a sense of purpose," says Elaine Chalmers-Brown who is the Project Manager at the Pilgrim Hearts Trust.

She says homeless people have a daily need to find food and shelter, but projects like this are important too. "It gives them hope that they can move on to a better life," she says.

There will be 12 two-hour long workshops held at the Churches in Reading Drop-In Centre at St Saviour's Church Hall, Berkeley Avenue, Reading, RG1 6JT. They begin on Tuesday, 2 March.

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