THE Lowry is tackling homelessness in Salford among 16-24-year-olds in this year’s Christmas appeal.


The Lowry has been running the appeal since 2011. This year, money raised will help produce a 12 month creative programme.

The programme will be led by professional artists, and highly trained support staff. The programme is designed to help increase employment among homeless people.

People will be given training in employment, as well as skills development.

The training will provide further qualifications, and its hoped this will help them gain employment.

Julia Fawcett OBE said: ““Homelessness is a far wider and more complex issue than most people realise.

“Of course, the most visible aspect is those who face sleeping rough on the city’s streets.

“But there are also thousands of young people reliant on emergency or temporary accommodation for a variety of reasons, who are extremely vulnerable”

In the past, the Lowry have worked with young carers, children, young parents and children with autism.

Last year they were able to raise £39,500, a record since the appeals inception. This year it is hoped they can better that once more.

Bethan Ward, a member of the development team and a driving force behind the Christmas appeal, said: “last year was record breaking and if we could beat that, that will be amazing.

“Our audiences are very generous, our supporters are very generous.

“We’re a fifth of the way there at the moment, raising just over £5,000.”

Between November 27 and December 5 any donation made will be doubled by the Lowry, in an effort to raise as much money as possible.

The Christmas appeal has currently raised £5,516.04, of the £25,000 target. To donate click here.

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