A couple of generous friends have recently inspired me to “do more” by raising money for charity through their musical work or by cooking food for the homeless. So I sought out a pro-bono photography commission and would definitely do it again. After seeing a post in a Facebook group by an organisation called Good Life London calling for volunteer photographers to shoot the charities they support, I got in touch and had the pleasure of meeting an awesome grassroots homeless charity here in London, called Rhythms of Life.
Headed up by the charismatic and funny (and somewhat camera shy!) Andrew Faris, I was shown around HQ in Seven Dials and was quickly intrigued by the generosity of Andrew and of his volunteers. Store rooms contain clothes and toiletries ready for distribution on the streets around Covent Garden, fridges are full of food, given away by the likes of Eat. And best of all Andrew teaches homeless people skills to give them confidence to re-integrate into society.
Accompanying Andrew and some of his team I headed out, on a cold night earlier this month, initially to Eat to collect food that would have to come off sale, before returning to HQ to make up food parcels. Some 50 parcels later it was back out to distribute them, along with some welcome hot tea in flasks.
I was moved not only by the plight of the homeless, but also by the whole-hearted benevolence of the Rhythms of Life team. They are always looking for volunteers to help with distributing the food parcels. Please contact Rhythms of Life if you can spare a few hours after work: email@example.com Or you can shop on the Good Life London website and buy jewellery that goes to support the work for Rhythms of Life and other charities.