Through their Creative Enterprise course a group of Theatre and Art students from Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Art were able to help Lancaster and District Homeless Action Service raise funds for their own theatre group to tour prisons.
The idea for working with the homeless people came from one of the students who had helped to run drama sessions with the homeless to give them new skills and gain confidence.
The students carried out market research into hand-made tie dye clothing and decided to make and sell tie dye socks to raise funds for Lancaster and District Homeless Action Service. The group was involved in helping the homeless group learn how to make tie-dye socks so that they could carry on raising funds after their project had been completed. The aim was to raise £1,000 to support a touring theatre group. The enterprising students were able to meet this target, having raised funds from the O2 Think Big fund which they used to buy their materials and negotiate using an empty shop in Lancaster to sell their socks.
Creative Enterprise student, Damian Gray supervised the tie dying process having successfully run his own Tie Dye T shirt business whilst at University.