From Arson to Art
It’s a sad fact of life that sometimes things happen that are shocking, senseless and upsetting. The Young Person’s Scheme at Gloucester Gateway, a ten-bedroom property that houses people between the ages of 16 and 21, has been subject to five separate arson attacks in five months. Yes, you read that right, five in five months.
The attacks have been mostly on the large wheelie bins that are located outside and very close to the property. Nobody has been hurt, but by its very nature, Gloucester Gateway is occupied by those who have already endured quite a lot,
From a negative a positive is being made. Senior Link Worker, Catherine Sweeney, has been working closely with Gloucester Fire Service, with the local police and with Gloucester City Council. They’ve been formulating a prevention strategy and have come up with a novel and rather cool plan.
The Council introduced our team to Trix, a young street artist who has collaborated with Gloucester City Council before. Trix has worked with customers from the Gateway to graffiti the bins, thereby making them a work of art that will hopefully stop people destroying them. There haven’t been any arson attacks since the artwork was completed. So far so good.
Gloucester Gateway is also working with Gloucester Fire Service to deliver some training and workshops for our customers there.
Like a phoenix from the flames, good things can come out of bad situations.