FujiFilm UK has just donated six reconditioned mirrorless digital cameras to our Cafe Art Photography Mentoring Group, enabling us to help more people gain skills and confidence with digital cameras. The mentoring group for past participants in the annual Cafe Art MyLondon Photography Contest was set up in November and they meet every two weeks at our Whitechapel base, the Qbic Hotel. Cafe Art has a goal of empowering people through art and photography and we see this group as a logical extension to the annual MyLondon Photography Contest. By giving real skills in how to using digital cameras, we are not only engaging people in a group activity, but we are helping them gain real skills which we hope will lead to photography-related employment. At the very least, participants will gain confidence which many have lost during periods of homelessness. Organiser of the group Neil Cordell, from The Royal Photographic Society says the cameras will be a huge asset to the programme which has a goal of giving past top 20 winners new skills. FujiFilm are also supporting the annual MyLondon Photography Contest being held in early July. The group is currently only open to the winners of the contest as we are not wanting to duplicate photography classes run by some of our partner homelessness sector charities. Neil explains that the goal of the group is to help people improve their photography skills from what ever level they are at and to build their confidence when interacting with people they photograph. The group meets on Friday and Saturday afternoons and start with a session on how to use their cameras followed by a walk around East London if the weather permits.