We were really pleased to be involved in the Musicians Against Homelessness project, playing on 7th October with The Tramways and Lightside at the Barge & Barrel, Tipton. We had a thoroughly good time (already planning the next one) and donations on the night totalled £135. Round of applause for everyone who supported the event!
Musicians Against Homelessness was set up by Alan McGee, with the twin aims of raising funds for the homeless charity Crisis, and providing gig opportunities for up-and-coming bands. There have been loads of MAH gigs across the country – find out more here.
Monday 10th October is #worldhomelessday so in the spirit of raising awareness and offering some practical support, here are a few things you could check out:
If you are concerned about someone sleeping rough, you can contact Streetlink online, by phone, or even on their app, and let them know the location. They will then connect rough sleepers with local support and services.
Homelessness reduction bill
The government has made some encouraging noises about wanting to reduce homelessness, and there is a bill being debated in parliament on 28th October. If passed, the bill would increase local authorities’ duties to help prevent and relieve homelessness in England.
Homeless.org.uk suggests that MPs need to attend the debate on 28th October to progress the bill. If you fancy writing to your MP about this and encouraging them to be there to vote, more info is here.
Charities to support
If you came to the Barrel & Barge, or any other MAH gig, thank you for any spare change you may have donated to the Crisis appeal. If you want to help further, we’re sure any of these charities would appreciate your support – whether that’s donating your pennies, volunteering your time, or even just passing on the odd retweet on Twitter to raise awareness. There are bound to be other organisations in your area too; have a search online. Thanks again!
Crisis <You can text MAH to 70004 to give £3 to Crisis>