Over the last few months, Cardboard Citizens have been holding discussions around the Vagrancy Act. The concluding discussion takes place on Monday 22 February and will focus on the stories of Coventry and West Midlands people affected by the act.

Passed in 1824, the Vagrancy Act made it a criminal offence to sleep rough or beg. It remains in force to this day in England and Wales and has been heavily criticised for not considering the circumstances as to why someone might find themselves in the position of being homeless.

We’re proud to support Underground Lights, a community theatre group which specifically engages with people experiencing homelessness and mental health issues.

This week, we talked to Underground Lights member Rob to find out more about his journey with the group and his struggle through vagrancy.