Housing

A charity is telling stories of homelessness through Spotify playlists

Depaul Unheard uncovers the myriad of ways young people fall into homelessness with unique storytelling

Depaul

A homelessness charity is aiming to give young homeless people a voice by telling their stories through Spotify playlists.

Depaul UK is telling the stories of George, 20, Kristina, 20, Fatos, 25, Jecoliah, 19, and Emma, 21, by arranging song titles to spell out the narrative.

The unique Depaul Unheard: Playlists Against Homelessness concept is then rounded off with one final track that allows the young person to give an insight into their lives in their own words.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMxoQpwpi10&feature=youtu.be

The idea behind the campaign is to change the tune on how homelessness is perceived, breaking down the stereotypes as well as shining a light on the various ways that a young person can become homeless.

“Every experience of homelessness is unique, and the diversity of playlists demonstrates this,” said Mike Thiedke, Depaul UK’s CEO. “Through Spotify, we hope to break through the noise and reach listeners directly so that they can understand what people like George and Fatos have experienced.”

Jecoliah, who features in the campaign and will perform at tonight’s launch event under her stage name, J Cocoa, said: “Sharing my own story through a Spotify playlist has helped to show the world, but also myself, how strong I am as a person.

“Music has always given me strength. It helped me to escape homelessness, to become a better person, and through this project I hope that it can help other young people to do the same.”

Listen to the playlists here.

Image: Depaul UK

Support the Big Issue

For over 30 years, the Big Issue has been committed to ending poverty in the UK. In 2024, our work is needed more than ever. Find out how you can support the Big Issue today.
Vendor martin Hawes

Recommended for you

View all
Beat the Streets music festival funds new homes for rough sleepers: 'If we could do more, we would'
Homelessness

Beat the Streets music festival funds new homes for rough sleepers: 'If we could do more, we would'

Rents in UK are rising at highest rate in decades. Will they keep going up?
rents uk
Renting

Rents in UK are rising at highest rate in decades. Will they keep going up?

Scotland needs real-time rough sleeping count to save lives
rough sleeping and temporary accommodation in Scotland is under the spotlight on Buchanan Street in Glasgow
homelessness

Scotland needs real-time rough sleeping count to save lives

'More bad news for renters': Rental crisis continues with steep rent rises despite inflation falling
inflation is falling but rents are still rising at a faster rate than wages
RENTING

'More bad news for renters': Rental crisis continues with steep rent rises despite inflation falling

Most Popular

Read All
Renters pay their landlords' buy-to-let mortgages, so they should get a share of the profits
Renters: A mortgage lender's window advertising buy-to-let products
1.

Renters pay their landlords' buy-to-let mortgages, so they should get a share of the profits

Exclusive: Disabled people are 'set up to fail' by the DWP in target-driven disability benefits system, whistleblowers reveal
Pound coins on a piece of paper with disability living allowancve
2.

Exclusive: Disabled people are 'set up to fail' by the DWP in target-driven disability benefits system, whistleblowers reveal

Cost of living payment 2024: Where to get help now the scheme is over
next dwp cost of living payment 2023
3.

Cost of living payment 2024: Where to get help now the scheme is over

Strike dates 2023: From train drivers to NHS doctors, here are the dates to know
4.

Strike dates 2023: From train drivers to NHS doctors, here are the dates to know