Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Never Failed Me Yet

Help us bring free weekly music sessions to street homeless people through a project which will engage participants with over a hundred hours of music-making, enabling them to connect with support services and make long-lasting changes to their lives.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 27 November 2018 to 12:00 PM, 4 December 2018

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (289294)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£5,000

Amount raised

£10,000

Donations

53

    Category

    Helping

Location

  • "To get people out of rot you need to engender belief and music is a beautiful place to start"

    — Workshop participant

  • "I feel like it‚Äôs one of those things that might not seem very important but actually can make the biggest difference to your day and how you feel about yourself and your situation. I wish we could do it more."

    — Workshop participant

  • "The music group rescues people by preventing further deterioration in their mental health which we then see having a knock-on effect of massively increasing their engagement with my team of support workers to help them access accommodation, employment and other new opportunities."

    — David, Service Manager at West London Mission Seymour Place

  • "To get people out of rot you need to engender belief and music is a beautiful place to start"

    — Workshop participant

  • "I feel like it’s one of those things that might not seem very important but actually can make the biggest difference to your day and how you feel about yourself and your situation. I wish we could do it more."

    — Workshop participant

  • "The music group rescues people by preventing further deterioration in their mental health which we then see having a knock-on effect of massively increasing their engagement with my team of support workers to help them access accommodation, employment and other new opportunities."

    — David, Service Manager at West London Mission Seymour Place

Situation

Frontline day centres provide immediate short term services to alleviate the physical hardships of those sleeping rough-including hot breakfasts, showers, laundry, clothes, haircuts, luggage storage and mail collection. Our challenge is to engage people with the services that will result in long-term changes so that they no longer need day centres; mental health support services, advice and referral services which assist with accommodation, jobs and benefits, and drugs and alcohol support.

Solution

Engagement with our project encourages people to connect with the centre, which leads to the accessing of support services. The results are tangible: following on from our intervention in 2017, of the 30 people that we worked with, 17 people found work and 25 people found accommodation. Added to this the personal, social and therapeutic benefits of singing and participation with music-making alleviates isolation and lack of activity and provides relief for people with chaotic lives.