FLACK is an innovative charity and social enterprise working with homeless people in Cambridge. Two years ago, Kirsten Lavers was made redundant from her post as Editor of the Willow Walker, a quarterly magazine publishing the work of homeless people in the city.
With the help and faith of the homeless community, she and her team have established and launched FLACK: a monthly magazine showcasing the talents of its homeless contributors, as well as comprehensively promoting the cultural richness of the city (both town and gown).
At the heart of FLACK is a commitment to involving homeless people in every aspect of its operations, from governance to distribution. FLACK’s approach has already enabled over 33 homeless people to grow in confidence, recover from addiction, gain employment or make their voices heard. For every £1 invested in FLACK, they have returned at least £3 of social value and savings to the public purse.
FLACK’s unique approach will be demonstrated at TEDxGranta Alive & Kicking, as Kirsten is joined by members of the FLACK team for an interactive, multi-media and stereotype-busting presentation. For a sneak preview, take a look at their video manifesto, and then come and see what they have in store for us on March 9th.
“Homelessness is destructive, FLACK is creative“