Arlington is the largest mixed use homeless hostel in the UK and helps people to move on to secure homes and more stable futures. We give them a safe place to stay along with personalised support and real opportunities to learn new skills, find a job and get their independence back. We don’t just shelter the homeless; we provide essential and effective services to help break the cycle of homelessness. We help our customers move on to better lives and create stronger communities.
Artist, commercials director and one-time Diesel creative director Brian Baderman has been using a painting studio at Arlington (via the arts charity SPACE) for several years and last year he decided to try and collaborate with the hostel on a creative project. The result is EMMA, a magazine that features artwork, stories and poems by Arlington residents. Baderman says that it was his “casual encounters with residents revealed all had stories to tell.
"The Wednesday EMMA sessions held at Arlington House provide a safe and friendly, supportive space in which to paint, draw, write and just chat,” says Baderman. “They also give people an opportunity to socialise, critique, share suggestions, and get help on how to improve both their use of materials and language – as well as be introduced to new ideas.”
Arlington Futures was established in July 2012 to tackle homelessness in London by helping Arlington to continue its work in providing accommodation, care and support to the homeless, while preparing them for independent living and employment. The charity assists Arlington in delivering more specialised training and creative programmes. Arlington Futures was established in July 2012 to tackle homelessness in London by helping Arlington to continue its work in providing accommodation, care and support to the homeless, while preparing them for independent living and employment.