Nottingham’s Annual Charity Music Festival Raises £75,000 for Framework To Help Save Lives of Rough Sleepers
Nottingham’s annual charity music festival Beat the Streets set up to tackle homelessness within the local community is saving lives and cutting the numbers of rough sleepers says the chief executive of the charity Framework.
This year’s multi venue festival headlined by Nottingham’s own Jake Bugg in January has raised £75,000 through a combination of ticket sales, merchandise, tombola, collection buckets and bar spend as well as badges sold in advance of the festival. Since launching in 2018, the festival has raised £242,000 for Framework.
The festival organised by DHP Family – along with local music partners Rough Trade, I’m Not From London, Farmyard Records and Hockley Hustle – also donated 15 bags of food to Emmanuel House after running its first ever food bank during the January all dayer.
The money raised this year will be used to employ two mental health workers with the aim of offering wrap around support to rough sleepers with complex needs. The mental health specialists will form part of a new initiative providing tenancies to rough sleepers for whom traditional supported housing has not been successful in the past. They will offer support to those who struggle to access mainstream services to enable them to keep their homes whilst establishing stability and a sense of direction.
Framework Chief Executive Andrew Redfern said: “Without Beat the Streets there would be many more people sleeping rough in Nottingham than we currently see – and some of them would be dying.
“Each year the Nottingham Street Outreach Team finds nearly 800 people who are new to the streets. They are able to find housing solutions for the vast majority of these people. But more and more rough sleepers have complex needs – overlapping problems of mental ill-health, substance abuse, low self-esteem and in some cases a history of offending. This makes it much harder for them to resettle – sadly, the more complex your needs the greater is the likelihood of you being left out in the cold.
“We are deeply grateful to the organisers at DHP, the artists and the paying public who support the event. Its impact is very powerful, and we thank everyone who works so hard to make it a success.”
Last year’s Beat The Streets fundraising enabled the Sneinton Hermitage shelter to stay open all year round accommodating more than 60 high risk service users with 14 moving on to permanent accommodation and 25 to supported accommodation.
Beat the Streets has announced next year’s festival will take place on Sunday 31 January 2021, with tickets priced from £10.