“Everybody is welcome here. Everybody is listened to, everybody jumps in, everybody’s valued. Even me with my croaky voice!”
— Streetwise Opera performer
Why opera and homelessness?
Homelessness is a complex issue that requires a range of joined-up approaches to solve. Frontline services are vital, however people need more than a bed and a roof to recover from homelessness; they need to feel that they are seen and heard, and they need to know that they have a legitimate place in society.
People who are or have been homeless are often socially isolated and have suffered a range of difficult experiences. The creative arts are a positive way for people to build confidence and skills and become part of a supportive and creative community.
Music is a universal language that has the power to bridge differences and affect us on a deeper level than other forms of communication, and research has shown that singing in particular has significant physical and mental health benefits.
We also believe that involving a wider range of people who are not usually invited to participate in the making of opera enriches the art form, and challenges the public’s perceptions of what people who are homeless can achieve, and of opera.
Our social impact aims are to improve wellbeing and build social inclusion for the people who take part in our work. We have a robust and detailed evaluation framework which enables us to measure and demonstrate the difference we make and progress against our aims. Our monitoring tools include surveys and focus groups, and collecting information from participants, partner centres and staff.
Download below our impact ‘tree’ infographic and impact report, which summarise the impact of our work. Our evaluation methodology and theory of change are also available.
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