Marc was found sitting on a cold street in the midlands of the UK and was sketching a very visually striking drawing. Newsivity News Producer Mo Seedat talked to him and was amazed by not only his art and his poetry which he also showed, but the spirit in which he spoke about bettering his life and getting off the streets.
He told us:
“I create my drawings because it has become like therapy for me to forget the bad things and focus on the positive and what may be possible around the corner for me. I once saw a counsellor who told me that creativity is a great outlet to deal with certain emotions when they arise, and this has stuck with me since!”
Marc’s daily life is in between a process of change and transition, and for whatever reason he has endured, and is still enduring the kind of tests most of us will probably never need to go through because of how lucky we may have been along the way during our upbringing and into our adult lives. We all may have had our own different struggles in our lives, or maybe some reading these words can even relate in some way to the experience of Marc. Whatever the response invoked from hearing Marc’s story, his personal circumstances are very much happening in real-time in the now, and his journey to date have led him on the streets of Leicester in UK without a home, and without any contact with his family.
We believe Marc is talented, and his unique art creations we hope provide him the opportunity to make his passion his livelihood and his creative outlet for his pain and his feelings to become his means to independently be able to move forward in his life in more ways than one.
Homelessness in the UK is a clear and quite visible problem, and it has been for some time.
What often gets ignored with issues such as homelessness and those who end up in circumstances often outside of their own control, is each and every individual story to how the person ended up sleeping rough or on the streets is an insight into where issues lie in our public systems, and also in our society as a whole. The UK is not a third world country, and the expectation would be that each and every UK citizen would at least have the basic means to build from in order to live a life and develop from this.
Marc Palmer’s experience isn’t unique, but it does have some aspects that make him an ideal case study for wider services and us all as individuals to see how we may be able to help. And what really stands out when you meet Marc, is his determination and natural fighting spirit to help himself and to better his life.
Many people watched Marc’s story on youtube and got in touch, including old friends of his and also individuals who have seen him on the streets of Leicester, UK. We are currently seeking him again and would urge anyone who knows Marc or sees him locally in the midlands of the UK to contact [email protected]
Anyone who may wish to sponsor or assist Marc sell his art or even help showcase them in a local gallery you can also contact us via:
@newsivity on twitter