College student designs graphic for homeless charity Threshold's SleepOut event | Swindon Advertiser

17 Nov 2021
A 17-year-old's graphic design is the face of this year's Big SleepOut event for a Swindon homeless charity.

New College student Megan Taylor created the graphic as part of her social impact programme with the National Citizenship Service, but it was a talk from homeless charity Threshold Housing Link that made her passionate about helping this particular charity out.

Threshold is encouraging people to sign up and sleep outside from 8pm to 7.30am on December 3 to raise money for the homeless.

Between 20 and 30 individuals have been seen sleeping rough in the town centre in recent months.

Megan's design is displayed on a big banner on the side of the Fire Station, a prominent location for everyone to see as they use the magic roundabout.

The event poster with the graphic also features on the Threshold website and will pop up in supermarkets in the coming weeks.

Megan said “It was fantastic seeing the big banner actually up. I was speechless when I first saw it.

" It looks so cool and it’s bigger than I imagined. I’m really happy about how it looks and what I’ve done.

"NCS social action and working with Threshold was really amazing."

Megan's NCS team chose to support Threshold after hearing from Michael Keenan, the charity's chief development officer.

The group fundraised and created posters and flyers to raise awareness.

She added: "Our team was moved by the presentation made to us and we were really passionate about wanting to help Threshold help the homeless in our town.

“I have never done anything like this before and I learned quite a lot about the creative process.

" I had a few ideas of my own and developed them with Michael and we then shaped them together, developing and refining certain elements”.

Michael said “Megan has done brilliantly. It was an absolute pleasure and a delight to work alongside her and all the NCS students.

"One of the reasons that so many students seek to promote the work of Threshold each year is not only their love of social action and the mission of Threshold to help the homeless, but also as we strive to provide learning opportunities for them through their volunteering.

"Our hope is that these young people will continue to be inspired to act throughout their lives for the betterment of their community."

The Big Swindon SleepOut will take place at Supermarine Sports and Social Club December 3. To learn more and to register visit their website: www.thl.org.uk


Source: Piece appeared in the Swindon Advertiser on 17/11/2021