Empowering homeless people through Creativity

Marice Cumber, Director of Accumul8 talks about their inspiring work and getting involved in Social Saturday

The Accumul8 Preserves with a Purpose are all made with surplus fruit donated from people’s gardens and allotments and by local businesses and all the money from the sales of the preserves helps to pay for creative workshops for young people who are homeless and living in hostels.

In 2015 we created Accumul8 Preserves with a Purpose gift box sets of either two jams or two chutneys. We sold these online and through the SEUK Social Saturday shop. Being on the shop really increased our sales and raised our profile with a whole new range of customers, and from October through to December we got orders for the Accumul8 Preserves gift boxes from all over the country - from the corner of Cornwall to the tips of Scotland.

Profits from the sales of the Accumul8 Preserves with a Purpose gift boxes helped establish the first ever Accumul8 Scholarship. The Accumul8 scholarship is for one young person, who has attended the Accumul8 workshops in hostels, to be fully funded to study on the one year digital and creative media course at Ravensbourne College.

So it’s a big thank you to SEUK for the Social Saturday shop, and also to everyone who bought an Accumul8 Preserves with a Purpose gift box - which helped us to help someone change their life and be able to go to college!

This year you can buy Photographs taken by homeless young people, check them out on our website.


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