Our stories PROTECT AND SUPPORT VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES MAKING MUSIC Street Arts Project brings music to the homeless

Street Arts Project is a community group set up by Jackie Lines, Doug Armstrong and Chris Musson to support the homeless in Stratford-upon-Avon. The project began when the volunteers identified the growing needs of these vulnerable people and the need to raise awareness of their increasing difficulties. Funding from Stratford Town Trust has enabled weekly street music sessions to take place at Stratford Playhouse where those affected by homelessness can share their experiences through music. They are encouraged to write their own songs, perform them and with the help of professional musicians, make recordings of their work.

Like being in a family

The impact on the attendees has been significant, with one saying: ‘It is like being in a family, all helping and understanding each other. It makes me feel safe and has helped with my sense of self-respect.’

Doug Armstrong said: ‘Without the significant amount of funding from Stratford Town Trust, Street Music would not have been able to progress. The generous fund has facilitated 46 weekly events, two concerts to showcase the work of the participants and the production of a CD with four days in a professional studio to provide evidence of work achieved.’

A sense of pride £14,180 1 year funding

Participants have learned to work as a supportive team, take guidance and structure from the tutors and have developed an enhanced level of self- esteem and personal belief. Their confidence has been increased, along with their ability to commit and attend regularly. They have reported a sense of pride as they have developed new skills: ‘I now have the opportunity to express myself, to share my emotions and opinions, plus learn how to play the guitar.’


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