Ravensbourne scholarship awarded to young hostel resident

Rachel Houlden

Accumul 8 Scholarship PresentationA scholarship for an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Creative and Digital Media at Ravensbourne has been awarded to homeless young person, Sam Adesanya.

The scholarship has been part-funded by social enterprise, Accumul8, which uses creativity to empower young people who are homeless through a range of creative workshops, including drawing, photography and filmmaking.

Sam, 29, has been living in a YMCA hostel in North London and has been attending Accumul8 for three years to attend photography workshops where he was mentored by Ravensbourne students. He applied for the course and was going through the process of applying for funding when he learned he’d won the scholarship at the opening of Accumul8’s new exhibition at the Guardian offices.Viewing Sam 's Work - Accumul8

Sam said: “This is a dream come true for me. This is what I really want to do.

“I hope winning this scholarship will enable me to go forward and work towards a career in photography or something else creative.”

Sam lived with his family but became homeless when his relationship with his father broke down.

Marice Cumber, Work Based Learning Coordinator at Ravensbourne and Accumul8 founder said: “I wanted to think of a way I could combine what I do at work with my passion for helping people.

“The Accumul8 scheme gives hostel residents an opportunity to improve their confidence, communication and empathy skills as well as their general wellbeing. It gives them a lifeline, a focus and encourages them to develop aspirations for the future. It’s also extremely beneficial to our students who learn how to teach and relate to others from different backgrounds.”

Sam was awarded the scholarship by Ravensbourne Director Linda Drew at the opening of the Accumul8 exhibition entitled “Moving Forward” where work from homeless young people, including Sam, will be exhibited. Sam will now also receive a work placement at BOP Consulting, a creative consultancy, who have funded the other half of the scholarship.

For more information about the exhibition click here.