Arkbound Foundation supports people from the most marginalised and under-represented backgrounds to get their voices heard through writing, with a focus on publishing books that cover important social and environmental themes.
Arkbound Foundation have supported a range of books by authors from disadvantaged backgrounds that cover important social or environmental themes: from Lauren Smith's 'Tick Tock: It's Time to Listen', which conveys perspectives on the education system by a young person with autism, to Seamus Fox's 'No Homeless Problem', which focuses on homelessness. Their books have been featured by high street retailers and nationally reviewed.
Through delivering workshops in areas experiencing multiple disadvantages and providing 1-1 mentoring, they work to improve social inclusion and tackle underlying stigmas against those experiencing exclusion. Through their workshops and mentoring, Arkbound are able to reach people and communities who would otherwise be excluded, helping to build skills, improving capacity and creating new opportunities.
The charity works directly with people from a range of disadvantaged and under-represented backgrounds, principally those who suffer social exclusion because of poverty, disability, ethnic and any other equality rights protected features, also those with refugee status, a conviction or criminal record, addictions, drug abuse, living in poverty or being long-term unemployed. They are grassroots founded, with lived experience core team members.
Funding from Postcode Innovation Trust, thanks to players of People's Postcode Lottery, will be used to expand their trading income, through the expansion and development of products (crowdpublishing) and services (writing workshops, literary agency, writing courses).
Visit their website here: https://www.arkfound.org/