Homeless people staying at the YMCA in Surbiton have hit back at their bad reputation and made their own song and music video to fight for youth justice.

The song “Can’t see through the rain” was written by six residents and dozens of others appeared singing and dancing in the video, which was filmed on a double decker bus in the grounds of the Hawker Centre.

Passing police officers also agreed to feature in the video, which is now online and will be aired at Y-Care International’s solidarity day on September 12.

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Among the songwriters and rappers was Daniel Reason, 17, who has lived at the hostel for five months after a dispute with his mother.

He said: “Everyone thinks of us as homeless people and wasters. We get that bad image and we want to prove them wrong.”

The song was launched at the YMCA youth festival in Prague earlier this month, where Daniel and others performed it on stage with a choir The chorus includes the lines: “The youth of today are the future of tomorrow. No need for sorrow. We must change the weather.”

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