Lockdown-friendly fundraising

We have some pretty amazing people supporting the fight to end homelessness in Wales. Here’s just a few of the clever and creative ways that supporters have raised money to help those in housing need during the Coronavirus outbreak.

GWAITH CARTREF – A cross-genre album created entirely during lockdown

During lockdown, 28 musicians from Wales and beyond came together to form the ‘Lockdown Collective’. This musical collaboration began in early April, the idea being to create and release a digital album in aid of Shelter Cymru. Something new, original & cross-genre.

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We are all concerned about the impact of coronavirus. From self-isolating to missing family and friends, the pandemic has been difficult for us all. But imagine how difficult it must be if your home is at risk, or if you just don’t have one?

During lockdown, 28 musicians from Wales and beyond came together to form the ‘Lockdown Collective’. This musical collaboration began in early April, the idea being to create and release a digital album in aid of Shelter Cymru. Something new, original & cross-genre.

Like the surrealist parlour game ‘Consequences’, small musical phrases, rhythms and riffs were passed around online between the musicians, resulting in the 10 diverse and unique tracks that make up the album ‘Gwaith Cartref’ (Homework). Each piece was recorded from home – some from home studios, some using just a smart phone.

For all working musicians, there are uncertain times ahead. We are humbled that so many talented and renowned musicians have chosen to be a part of this project, giving their time and creativity freely in support of our fight against homelessness in Wales.

You can download ‘Gwaith Cartref’ for just £10, with all proceeds going directly to Shelter Cymru.

BREATHE – an online play recorded during lockdown

Described as “Poignant, sad and immensely moving” in Steve Caplin’s 4 Star review for Everything Theatre, ‘BREATHE’ is a 26 minute online play that tells the story of how a homeless man unwittingly discovers a uniquely engaging way to explain how he ended up on the streets.

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Written and edited in Wales by Neil Bebber, featuring Welsh actor Jordan Bernarde and directed by Natalie Denton, ‘BREATHE’ originally started as a ten minute piece for Cardiff-based independent producers, Dirty Protest Theatre. The brief was to write a play where all the props could easily fit into a bag, making the play portable and easy to stage for future performances. The original ten minute short has continued to evolve, with lockdown acting as a catalyst to move the piece online and bring it to a wider audience.

Writer Neil Bebber said, “Since moving to Cardiff, I’d been more aware than ever of the extent of homelessness and I often wondered what might be hiding in those bags and loaded-up shopping trolleys that accompanied those living on the streets. So the idea of this bag containing components to help explain that character’s origins made a lot of sense. From the many street homeless people I’ve spoken to, there’s a common theme of isolation. The idea of going through the day having not spoken to anyone. The indignity of feeling avoided and ignored by people rushing about their daily lives. So many of us are just a trauma, a bad decision, a relationship break-up or a redundancy away from a similar fate. Nobody would choose this life. And if you don’t want to, or can’t give money, or something to eat, maybe something as simple as taking the time to acknowledge society’s often accidental outliers, or even starting a conversation, could be the catalyst for turning someone’s life around. And it might just make you feel a bit better about yourself, too.”

No one involved in this production has taken any payment; instead, they would like to encourage viewers, wherever possible, to make a donation to Shelter Cymru.