At Good Organisation, we know there's still a great deal of stigma surrounding homelessness, and not everyone engaged in our work wants to serve in a high profile role where their situation is publicly known.
With this in mind, we launched a small photography project in 2019 to assist those individuals (and others who felt uncomfortable participating in group activities). It provided good quality cameras to rough sleepers and others experiencing homelessness, where the resulting images were published as a series of postcards thanks to small grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
The project was entitled 'Postcards from the Edge', not only reflecting the marginalisation experienced by those we support, but also capturing the secondary aim of the scheme, where the images promoted architectural and heritage attractions outside of the city centre that tourists rarely get to see.
These have been distributed across the city to raise small amounts of money to support the project's continuation, leading to two further collections within our range.
'Postcards From The Past' features archived images of city which have been curated by the participants, and 'Postcards From The Pandemic', which documented the impact of COVID-19 restrictions in York.
You can download our project impact report here.
Alternatively, if you're interested in stocking our postcard range, then please get in touch.