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Albert Medal for Selwyn Image

Selwyn Image CBE (MML 1959) has been awarded the 2013 Royal Society of Arts Albert Medal for his work tackling homelessness.

Selwyn is founder and vice-president of charity Emmaus UK, which provides creative and practical solutions to the problem of homelessness.

There are 24 Emmaus Communities in the UK, offering formerly homeless people a supportive environment in which to live, work, learn skills and build self-respect. Emmaus Community residents operate a second-hand shop - renovating and reselling donated goods. The Cambridge Emmaus Community in Landbeach describes itself as an "Aladdin’s cave" in which "all manner of recycled and re-circulated treasures are to be found".

Selwyn worked as a student volunteer for one of the original Emmaus communities in Paris in the 1960s – and in the 1990s his shock at the number of homeless people on the streets of Cambridge inspired him to bring Emmaus’ approach to the UK.

The RSA Albert Medal was established in 1864 and is awarded in recognition of the achievement of social benefit in the arts, manufacturing and commerce. Recipients in recent years have included Sir Simon Rattle, Mary Robinson, Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Professor Stephen Hawking.

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