Streetwise Opera is an award-winning performing arts charity for people who are or have been homeless. They currently run creative programmes in five regions across England and stage critically-acclaimed operas.
The Streetwise Opera Nottingham team run a weekly session at the Emmanuel House Support Centre every Tuesday afternoon and raise the roof! It is certainly a highlight in the week and beneficiaries, volunteers and staff all enjoy the benefits of singing and hearing the ‘powerful, authentic and raw passion and epic emotions from everyday life’. The workshops are run by Neil Allen and Tim Lole, with support from Gary a long standing staff member at Emmanuel House Support Centre, amongst others, who together form a dynamic and creative group.
One of our beneficiaries recently came to the centre having lost his job and housing. Aaron had hit rock bottom when he arrived and hardly had the will to go on. He wasn’t alcohol dependant, he had not been doing drugs, he had lost his job and so his accommodation quickly followed. He was one pay check away from homelessness. Sadly, this is the story for many, fortunately Aaron was pointed in the right direction to Emmanuel House Support Centre to receive a warm welcome, hot drinks and food, a change of clothing and the specialised 1-1 support to begin navigating the benefits and housing systems.
Aaron is looking forward moving into his own tenancy in the near future and recently performing alongside others at: The Opera Hour at Nottingham Trent University in March which was a SOLD OUT event! Emmanuel House and Streetwise Opera are proud to provide confidence and life-changing support to help homeless, vulnerable and isolated adults in Nottingham.
For more information on Streetwise Opera: http://www.streetwiseopera.org/