Nottingham's creative community has joined forces to launch Emmanuel House's Winter Appeal.
Emmanuel House services, and the Winter Shelter they co-ordinate, are an integral part of the plan to reduce homelessness in the city of Nottingham.
Their appeal this year includes the release of Lone, a new short film based on the lived experiences of homeless people in Nottingham.
More about 'Lone'
From the directors of BBC One’s Soul Boy, Luke Radford and Toby Curson, Lone stars award-winning Television Workshop actor Justine Emma Moore, as well as Emmanuel House staff and beneficiaries. The first-person narration was written by playwright Sophie Ellerby.
The film was commissioned to raise awareness of Emmanuel House and it tells the story of Gemma, a young woman who becomes homeless when the relationships with the people closest to her break down. Whilst living on the streets Gemma is told about Emmanuel House from where she is able to take her first steps out of homelessness.
Public art campaign
A public art campaign has also been created as part of the appeal to spread a wave of colourful positivity across Nottingham.
Local designer Elroy the Artist was commissioned by the charity to design a poster and mural with the message 'You Can Make the Difference.' Elroy has painted a mural onto the front of the Goose Gate Centre, bringing art, positivity and colour to the streets of Hockley.
The design is also set to feature on a city centre double-decker bus and tram soon, thanks to the support of Nottingham City Transport, Nottingham Express Transit and Keolis.
How you can help
How you can help to make the difference:
- Make a financial donation to contribute to the running of Emmanuel House’s services via VirginMoney
- Text 70450 to donate £5 (texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message), or text WINTER10 to donate £10, WINTER15 to donate £15 and so on.
- Watch the short-film Lone and direct people to watch it, you can access it here
- Share the campaign assets on social media – Facebook banner, Twitter banner, Instagram feed and story templates too (all can be accessed in the press pack at the bottom of this Emmanuel House article
- Show your solidarity by downloading and printing this poster, put it in your window or ask permission at local community venues (suggested donation welcome).
- Ask for an A3 version of the poster for your business and Emmanuel House will post one to you
- Take photos of the mural and post them on social media
To contact Emmanuel House, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0115 950 7140.