By Amanda Dellor
BBC Berkshire Reporter
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.