Regeneration was an important part of the London 2012 Olympics, whether through the physical transformation of one of the poorest areas of the city, or through changes to the lives of people inspired by its message of hope.
Here at The Citizens Trust in Ealing, our own London Olympics project had a similar vision - to use creativity to inspire individual confidence and break down cultural and social barriers. The participants were all unemployed and living in the west London area, but there any similarity ended. They were refugees, single parents, disabled people and exoffenders, all from a variety of cultures, nationalities and backgrounds. Together they wrote and designed this book - something few of them would ever have dreamt of doing.
The book was to be about the Olympic message (hence the title, Olympic Spirit), rather than coverage of the event itself but, at the end of the project, some of the team asked if they could continue and try their hand at being ‘real’ reporters. They attended the Games to take photographs and interview friends and even members of the public. This work is also included.