A STUDENT has gone behind the camera to capture what life is like for Wearside’s homeless population.
Sunderland University media student Carley Armstrong is creating a music video at Sunderland YMCA, in Toward Road, Hendon, after she teamed up with the organisation.
The idea came about as part of the Mad 4 U campaign, which uses the experience of young people who have experienced homelessness to raise awareness and help improve services provided to homeless young people.
The project is one response to the Government’s agenda for young people, including Citizenship, Youth participation, and peer-mentoring and volunteering.
Over the course of a week-long shoot, Carley worked with those using the YMCA’s facilities and she is now hoping the finished video will portray the service in a more positive light.
Carley, who is originally from Hendon, said: “As an aspiring producer it was great to work with these people.
“They maybe weren’t that confident at the start of the week there were real tears at the end.”
The piece is split into four different sections, focusing on domestic violence, teenage pregnancy, crime and family issues.
Carley, 23, added: “We just want to raise awareness homelessness and show people what the YMCA is really like.
“It’s about turning a negative into a positive and showing the journey of people who come here.
“Some of them have now got jobs or are going into the Army so they have been helped and are improving.”
Carley says she expects to finish the video later this month when it will be released online.