18 Feb 2015

From the streets to the opera house: how Streetwise Opera gives the homeless a voice

Streetwise Opera

“We chose MyDonate because it is cost-effective for small charities, user-friendly and has good functionality”, says Bridget Rennie, head of development for Streetwise Opera.

Award-winning charity, Streetwise Opera uses the power of music to help homeless people make positive changes in their lives.

Thanks to free fundraising websites like MyDonate, Streetwise Opera is able to offer confidence-boosting music workshops that open up new opportunities for homeless people.

Giving people confidence through music

The charity runs weekly singing and drama workshops in homeless centres and arts venues in Cardiff, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Newcastle and Nottingham.

It also stages productions starring homeless performers alongside professionals. For example, in May, Streetwise Opera is staging a brand new show as part of its ‘Little Opera Season’ in Nottingham.

Bridget explains the impact that these music sessions have: “Participating in our activities improves wellbeing and increases social inclusion. It gives people confidence and the skills to make positive change in their lives, from engaging in education or employment to reuniting with their families.”

The Nottingham performance is being created by composer John Barber and director Hazel Gould – both of whom will be running in the Hampton Court half marathon on the 22nd of February to raise funds for the production.

Runner Hazel said: "It's a real pleasure to train for the Hampton Court Half. I feel fitter and stronger than ever, and being able to support the wonderful Streetwise is the cherry on the cake. I'll be very proud to run for them on the 22nd of February."

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Find out more about Streetwise Opera and how the charity gives homeless people a voice

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