For homeless people, finding food and place to stay for the night is their daily priority. Survival is taken one day at a time, making it difficult to plan ahead and improve their circumstances.
Erica Mulkey, who performs as Unwoman, believes that "whether in my home of San Francisco or in Manchester, everyone deserves a chance to get back on their feet and make a better life.”
American recording artist TyLean experienced first hand how difficult re-establishing yourself in society can be when you are homeless. In 2009, TyLean found herself homeless after a sudden relation break-up. She spent six weeks in and out of various hostels, and at her lowest point, spent the night sleeping under a lorry in 4°C weather.
“The truth of the matter was, I had friends I could call and people in my life who would have helped me if I had just reached out to them. I was too embarrassed to share my situation with anyone, and in too much emotional distress to sort myself out,” said the recording artist known for her honest lyrical style. “My homeless situation was brief, comparatively tolerable, and to a degree, self-inflicted, but it was enough to understand that the homeless become so because of reasons that go far beyond the need of a job.”
On the 12th of February, TyLean and Unwoman will be performing at Unpretention, a monthly charity event held in The Function Room of Sevenoaks on Nicholas Street in Manchester. The doors open at 9:00 PM, admission is £4, and all proceeds go to The Booth Centre to aid in the fight against homelessness. Visit www.unpretention.info or the Facebook event page for more information.
About the Artists
TyLean stands alone on stage with nothing but her voice and her piano, playing songs that are melodic and pretty, while her voice draws attention to the cruelty humans are capable of and a need for mass self-reflection. She has released 3 albums and toured the US, Canada, the UK and Europe. www.tylean.com
San Francisco's Unwoman, also known as Erica Mulkey, creates darkly beautiful music, a powerful collage of vocals, cello, and electronics. She has released 4 albums and has toured with many bands. This is her debut tour in the United Kingdom. www.unwoman.com
One of our supporters, Anikó Tóth, is organising a Christmas carol concert and sing-along in aid of the Booth Centre.
The concert will feature singing by sopranos Anikó Tóth, Rachel Gee and Esperanza Rodriguez. Jonathan Ellis is accompanying on the piano. There will be melodic solos and three part harmony singing of classic Christmas songs. You'll also hear festive poetry recited by actress Lisa Brookes.
There will be an opportunity to sing along with some of your favourite carols, so bring your voices and your generosity to this concert of festive cheer!
The concert is taking place between 1pm and 2pm on Friday 17th December at the Cross Street Unitarian Church.
Tickets are available for £5 on the door, or for £4 in advance from Forsyth Music Shop (Deangate), with all profits going to the Booth Centre. In addition you can make a donation in support of the event via the JustGiving page.
Our 2011 calendar is now available, which features art work and photos by our art group. It would make the perfect Christmas gift!
It is a beautifully printed, full colour A4 calendar that has been designed by a volunteer from Marks & Spencer.
It costs just £6 (includes postage and packaging within the UK) and all profits will go directly to our art group, allowing them to purchase vital supplies for the coming year.
To place an order please visit our 2011 calendar page.
Pupils taking GCSE Religious Studies at Hesketh Fletcher C of E High School, Atherton were recently invited to attend a Government funded programme in and around Manchester City Centre. This involved students meeting with representatives of the Anglican, Jewish and Muslim faiths as well as meeting some of the homeless people who attend the award winning Booth Centre adjacent to Manchester Cathedral.
Ashley Taylor, Rebecca Wallace and Lucy Barton, said: “We were all so moved by what we saw and heard in the Booth Centre that we immediately wrote to our Head Teacher, Mrs Rowlands, and our Humanities College manager, Ms Mather, to see if they would agree to a non-uniform fundraiser for the homeless. We were delighted when we collected the grand total of £307.90”
Through the post this week the students received a thank you letter from Amanda Croome, the Centre Co-ordinator, who told the pupils the following:
“£10 makes a hot dinner for 20 people; £7 buys someone a birth certificate which provides them with the identification they need to start a benefit claim and get into a hostel; £22 pays for someone to gain a food hygiene certificate enabling them to get a job in the catering industry. With the significant amount of money raised by Hesketh Fletcher pupils we will be able to do so much more in the coming year.”