Students' silent flashmob speaks volumes for city's homeless
The event, organised by Faye Briggs, Rebecca Green, Genevieve Francis, Georgann Law, Charlotte Currie and Olivia Crags, came as part of the students' Professional Events Solution module in which students are challenged to create an event which will raise awareness and funds for a charitable organisation of their choice.
Those to have witnessed the event saw small groups just sitting on the ground on street corners with powerful messages about homelessness on cardboard plaques, such as; ' I didn't chose this,' 'The only human interaction I have is with three people who tell me to get a job,' and 'You go to A&E for pain, I go for comfort.'
Faye Briggs commented: "Our event was a huge success. Everyone pulled together at the final stages including our 50 student volunteers, four student film crew members and the team of organisers. It was an eye opening experience which affected all involved and reduced some people to tears. We were so overwhelmed at the affect it had on the general public and the students. Our event has changed the perception of homelessness for many and as a result we hope the support for Simon on the Streets will increase."
She continued: "We have learned how to make an idea reality and the amazing support which we have had from our tutor Michelle has been invaluable and a huge part of making this event a success."
Events Management Lecturer, Michelle Lanham, commented: "I am very proud our students that were involved in the event. All of the students, including the volunteers, were respectful and sensitive to the charity and fantastic ambassadors of Leeds Met. The entire experience was very moving and I felt privileged to have witnessed it and to have worked with the students involved."