Cardboard Citizens partners with L&Q to tell the stories of social housing

Posted on: 07 November 2018

Written by: Tom Davies

Cardboard Citizens has announced a partnership with L&Q - one of the UK's leading charitable housing associations and developers. Together, we aim to tell the real-life stories of those in social housing.

We are planning creative residencies in four L&Q estates, listening to the stories of residents, and working with them to explore the truth of social housing, and the challenges that they can face. The residencies will help unemployed residents gain new skills and confidence, including training for PEARL employability qualifications.

L&Q is a not-for-profit housing association, which manages more than 90,000 homes across London and the South East. They are planning to tackle the housing crisis through building 100,000 new homes over the next ten years.

Matthew Corbett, Director of L&Q Foundation, said:

“Everything we do starts with social purpose. We want to tackle the social stigma of renters with a creative and engaging storytelling approach. This project will highlight the important role social housing has played in the lives of many people.”

Adrian Jackson, Cardboard Citizens artistic director said:

“The partnership with L&Q will allow us to celebrate what works in social housing and discover what doesn’t work, through the stories of the people who live in it. We want to amplify their voices, helping them inform the way social housing can develop to meet the challenges we face in the future.”

The residencies will take place throughout 2019. More details to follow.