Through the Booth Centre’s pioneering partnership with the Royal Exchange Theatre, we are pleased to support the launch of a new online resource - Backstage? Me?, sharing the learning and experiences of participants taking part in our drama workshops.
Since 2011, we have worked in partnership with the Royal Exchange to demonstrate the power of theatre and drama as a way for homeless people to build new skills and self-confidence, and to empower them to start to rebuild their lives.
One participant, Pawel, who has been homeless, yet now performs regularly on the Royal Exchange stage, talked about his experience: “The only sickness of being on the street is doing nothing and being not interested in anything. You feel like you don’t matter. You feel like the whole world has forgotten you. You’re alone, and never hear anyone say well done. The drama shows you that you can do things, you speak to people rather than spending the day not talking to anyone and it builds up your confidence. When I perform it feels beautiful. It feels just like a sense of life, that’s what I do. It keeps me busy. I need to do something creative, it’s in my soul.”
Backstage? Me? has been developed to highlight the importance of theatre and arts projects such as this in offering long-term support to the homeless in our communities. Find out more about this innovative partnership and see some of the workshops in action here.
You can also read more about Pawel's success in the Manchester Evening News.
We're really looking forward to the Great Manchester Run, it's always a fantastic day with such a good atmosphere. Our city comes alive when thousands of runners take on the 10k running challenge to support their favourite cause.
Are you joining the Morrisons Great Manchester Run this year on Sunday 10th May? Would you consider running to raise vital funds to help us support homeless people in our community?
As a small charity, we don't have free places to offer, but we can help you with your fundraising and provide resources you may need including collection tins and t-shirts. We don't set a fundraising target either, whatever you raise would make a big difference to us and the homeless people we support.
If you'd like to run to support the Booth Centre, book your place on the Great Run website and let us know by completing our fundraising registration form, and we'll get in touch.
By taking on a challenge in aid of the Booth Centre, you could raise the funds needed to help someone move off the streets and build a better future. Thank you.
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