Inclusiveness is about being able to walk through the doors and being treated like a person. And it's also about showing the world your voice and to have that voice heard.
At Providence Row we are intent on embracing inclusiveness, particularly when people are at risk of dropping out of society.
We hold a quarterly Open Mic Night, which serves as a powerful way for our clients' voices and stories to be heard amongst friends and peers.
Our Open Mic Nights are all about celebrating different styles of music and expression from poetry to live instruments. These evenings showcase some of the incredible creativity to come out of the homelessness community.
Last week we were thrilled to have a range of guest musicians including Georgia Patterson, who performed songs with an acoustic guitar; Rocker Roy who recited his incredible poetry and Hide Takemoto who played his Japanese classical guitar.
We were also regaled with some exquisite Bengali singing from one of our clients, reflecting our local community and roots.
We were thrilled to do a Q&A between Alex, our Music Coordinator, and one of our service users, discussing her spectacular hand-crafted “Dream Blanket” and its significance in her journey to finding independence and hope.
Our Open Mic nights are a wonderful and special way to make new friends and incorporate the joys of music.
These special evenings represent so many things to our clients: a place to be themselves and to thrive. A space to be creative.
We are privileged to have so much talent at Providence Row. It’s an honour to give our clients the opportunity to have their voices heard.