Sign up to help end homelessness with Citizens Do

Posted on: 15 May 2018

Written by: Charlie Marshall

Earlier this month our 2018 tour of Cathy came to a close, but we’re excited to announce that its legacy will continue with the public launch of our new campaign Citizens Do.

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For the past three months, we have been working with audiences across the UK to build this secret movement to enable everyday citizens to help end homelessness, raise awareness and support those affected by it.

When Cathy toured for the first time from 2016 to 2017, we asked audiences for their ideas as to what government and policy makers could do to end homelessness. This resulted in hundreds of Cathy Law suggestions, the top five of which we presented to the House of Lords. This time round, we wanted to concentrate instead on the power we all have to make a difference and tackle homelessness.

Since March we’ve been collecting hundreds of audience ideas – ranging from addressing issues around stigma to offering spare rooms to homeless people – and have been sending people actions inspired by their ideas to take on each week.

There are now more over a thousand people who have joined the Citizens Do movement and this is only the beginning. We’re calling on everyone to sign up by 23 May to receive the series of weekly emails over the following two months and join our experiment to see what people can do when they join together.

Speaking about the campaign, Adrian Jackson, Cardboard Citizens’ Artistic Director said: “After the grandeur of the House of Lords last year, we are excited to live up to our name and try seeing what we mere citizens can do to make the world a better place. It’s an exciting experiment in using theatre to mobilise people.”

Jon Sparkes, CEO of Crisis, has also put his support behind the campaign commenting: “As a society, we need to address the root causes of homelessness to end it once and for all. In the meantime, we need to do as much as we can to give people the support they need to leave homelessness behind for good. The Citizens Do campaign, a legacy to the powerful and poignant performances of Cardboard Citizens’ Cathy, reminds us that we all have a part to play when it comes to tackling and ending homelessness.”

You can sign up here and also follow the movement using #CitizensDo. Each action you’ll receice is designed by the leading graphic artist Patrick Thomas.

And if you’re reading this after 23 May? Don’t worry, you can still sign up and we’ll send you a catch up of the actions you’ve missed!

Still need a push to sign up? Here’s a message from our Ambassador Kate Winslet, CBE:

“As Cardboard Citizens’ Ambassador for more than 10 years, I’ve repeatedly seen how the company use art to effect change. Their work is always both powerful and inspiring, and I’m excited to see how the Citizens Do movement grows. Sign up and take part!”

Take a look at our #CitizensDo wall that will be updated as people sharing their actions.

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Citizens Do is part of Cardboard Citizens’ wider social change and campaigning work, sharing stories, challenging perceptions and stigma, and changing lives. Cardboard Citizens are currently supporting a group of young people with lived experience of homelessness to become Citz Young Storytellers; advocates and campaigners for issues around youth homelessness.

Later this year, Cardboard Citizens will be running its first Arts for Social Change event, bringing together artists and campaigners to explore how arts and creativity can create change. Cardboard Citizens is also using Forum Theatre to train Local Authorities to improve their support of homeless people in light of the new Homelessness