Prime Minister David Cameron announced on twitter today that Marice Cumber, Subject Leader in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Ravensbourne, is today's Points of Light for founding social enterprise Accumul8, help homeless young people in North London, through her project 'Preserves with Purpose'.
This self-funding project provides an opportunity for homeless and vulnerable people at the North London YMCA hostel to develop employability skills through creative practice. The YMCA hostel residents and Accumul8 make and sell jams and chutneys from excess fruit provided through the generosity of North London residents, and through this activity, the residents get to learn about business and employment. The successful sales of the Accumul8 range of "Preserves with a Purpose" funds photography workshops and photography exhibitions at the hostel, demonstrating the creative potential of the young, homeless people living there and helping them to develop much-needed skills.
"Ravensbourne student ambassadors help on the photography workshops and activities, while Accumul8 participants are also invited in to Ravensbourne."
As well as benefitting the participants, Marice goes on to say
"It's great that Ravensbourne students help with Accumul8 through teaching and working with the homeless. This is an all round learning project."
Dr Rosemary Stott, Associate Dean for Learning Innovation at Ravensbourne commented
"We're extremely proud of what Marice has achieved and delighted that this award acknowledges the outstanding work Marice is carrying out in social innovation and entrepreneurship. Our students particularly relish the opportunity to get involved in Accumul8 and the many other creative projects Marice has developed."
For more information about 'Preserves with Purpose' and Accumul8, please visit their website.