We run weekly acting and singing workshops in a homeless centre and an arts venue in five regions – London, Manchester, Nottingham, Tyneside and Teesside ; we provide progression activities such as public performances, theatre trips and volunteering opportunities; and we produce critically-acclaimed operas in collaboration with artistic partners of the highest calibre.
Streetwise Opera is an award-winning arts charity that uses music to help people who are or have been homeless make positive changes in their lives. Our programme is designed to improve some of the country’s most marginalised people’s wellbeing and social inclusion, helping them to develop the skills and confidence they need to move on from homelessness, for good.
Homelessness requires a multi-faceted solution. Frontline services provide vital primary services, however people need more than a bed and a roof to make long-term, positive changes in their lives and overcome homelessness; they need to be seen, to be heard and to know that they have a legitimate place in society.
Involvement with Streetwise Opera can be the first rung on a ladder of self-confidence for people who are or have been homeless and/or are vulnerable and isolated. Through working in a safe and supportive group and participating in opera, an art form that many perceive as elitist, people's beliefs about their capabilities are fundamentally challenged and changed. By developing new skills, meeting people, being creative and simply having fun, people feel better about themselves and feel more able to take on life's other challenges - such as engaging with services, living independently, getting involved with community life and securing employment.
Streetwise Opera aims to:
- To enable people who are or have been homeless to make positive changes in their lives through music.
Established: February 2002
Registered Charity Number: 1092931
Board members: 11
Full time staff: 8
Part time staff: 12
Phone number: 020 7730 9551
Address: 10 Queen Street Place EC4R 1AGView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website