For most of her career Marice Cumber has worked in arts education, with the belief that creative expression has the power to alleviate life’s problems. Some five years ago she founded charity Accumulate to help better the lives of London’s young homeless people. The charity conducts a range of free creative workshops for those living in the city’s hostels and homeless shelters. Their photography workshops are particularly popular giving students access to qualified tutors, equipment and a way to express themselves. More importantly it gives participants a community to be a part of and a goal to work towards.
Accumulate has set up a scholarship scheme which gives a few students each year the chance to continue their creative education at university, creating a viable path for young people to work their way out of homelessness and build a creative career for themselves.