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Hopeful World: Alice Williams, Luminary Bakery - London

What is Luminary Bakery all about? Luminary Bakery is an innovative response to a need we saw for vulnerable women who have had a social and economic disadvantage. We are a social enterprise designed to offer opportunities for women to build a future for themselves and their families. We provide a safe and professional environment where women can grow holistically – encouraging ambition, restoration and second chances. We use baking as a tool to take women on a journey to employability and entrepreneurship, equipping them with practical and transferrable skills for the working world. We offer courses, work experience and paid employment within our bakery, empowering women to build a career and a positive future. By investing in and releasing...

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Homeless World Cup: Special Edition T Shirts

  In celebration and support of The Homeless World Cup tournament taking place in Glasgow this July, Hopeful Traders have teamed up with the Homeless World Cup Organisation to release two special editions of the Hopeful Traders Originals T Shirts. The T shirts will come in the bright bold red of The Homeless World Cup and the sleek black of the Hopeful Traders logo. The pundits are expecting the pairing to form the kind of strike partnership that can set a tournament alight. The T Shirts will be available from the Friday the 15th of April for £22 via our website and Camden Market pop-up stall with 10% of each sale going directly to The Homeless World Cup organisation. Subscribe to Hopeful...

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David Tovey: Turning My Life Around

Support from the likes of Pilion Trust, Café Art and Clothing The Homeless have helped Hopeful Trader designer, David Tovey improve his life dramatically. In this post David tells us a little bit about how this support has enabled him to turn his life around and move away from homelessness by focusing on his art *** ‘I have a very loving family,’ David told us, ‘I love them to pieces, but because of my mental health problems, my isolation and my abuse to myself, I couldn’t share my problems.’ Thanks to advice from Savvas at Pilion Trust, David realised he could use his hellish experience to better his life through expression and art. The Pilion Trust assisted David with access...

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Great shot by happy customer Taylor, who stopped by the Camden Market this weekend Best buy of the weekend - check out Hopeful Traders and learn about the awesome things they're doing for homeless artists in London A photo posted by Taylor Almeraz (@talmeraz) on Mar 21, 2016 at 3:26am PDT

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Hopeful World: Lolly Galvin, Founder of Dignity Project - Philadelphia

Hi Lolly, what is Dignity Project all about? Dignity Project is about sharing the faces and stories of those who are homeless. There is a mindset that homeless people either "want" to be there or "deserve" to be there and we use social media to show how easily it can be in America to fall on hard times and become homeless. I also give out dignity bags that contain essentials such as razors, soap, tissues etc. Their gratitude for these simple things can be heartbreaking.    Whereabouts are you based and who are you working with? I am based in Philadelphia, but after I started a gofundme, I reached a goal and will be traveling across the US to help...

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