STREET Arts Project is preparing to re-start theatrical workshops for the homeless in Stratford.
The charity, which supports rough sleepers, homeless and the vulnerable in the town, has been awarded a new grant from Stratford Town Trust.
The funding will enable the group to commence workshops in October and a new inclusive production in February, penned by playwright Jackie Lines and based on real life stories.
And a new music project, run by Doug Armstrong, due to commence in January, will work alongside participants living with poverty, mental health issues and those suffering exclusion and isolation within the town.
Jackie said: “Stratford Town Trust have been a huge support to Street Arts Project through previous projects and we are thrilled that they have invested in our future aims and aspirations for 2022.
“We will basing the core of our work in the new Fred Winter Centre run by Spring Housing, and at the Playhouse Theatre with whom we have established strong working relationships.”
Throughout lockdown, Street Arts Project have worked tirelessly with the homeless and street community, delivering outreach support and ongoing music workshops at the Playhouse Theatre when restrictions were lifted.
A new CD will shortly be released from those workshops and features the songs written by the participants and supported by the group’s professional musicians.
Doug said: “The quality of work is outstandingly high. The musicians relate brilliantly with those in the group, and we are aware that the need for our projects is even greater now since a year of isolation and lockdown.”