The Cheltenham Musicians group has organised a night showcasing local talent to raise money fo Emmaus Gloucestershire.

On Friday 31 January, a number of local musicians and performers who are part of the Cheltenham Musicians group will be heading to Smokey Joe’s Cheltenham to help raise money for Emmaus Gloucestershire. The event will be showcasing talent from acoustic artists Issy Winstanley, NJ Gardener, Daisy Kane, and Aidan & Issy, the stunning vocals of Grace Eliza and Lucy Taylor, and the DJ skills of Oscar Hodson and performance of Wilcie.

Event organiser and performer, Issy Winstanley, said:

Myself and an amazing bunch of musicians are heading back to one of my favourite venues, Smokey Joe’s, to raise money for Emmaus. They do such good things for homeless people in Cheltenham and Gloucestershire, providing a roof over their heads, developing their skills and giving them meaningful employment to help them get back on their feet.

Rough sleeping has increased by a massive 165% since 2010, ad hundreds of thousands of these people are young adults. Throughout the UK, it is devastating, especially at this time of year, to see so many people sleeping rough. Making a positive change for the most vulnerable in our society is something I’ve wanted to do and I would be absolutely thrilled to have you along to help support this cause.”

Emmaus Gloucestershire supports up people who have experienced homelessness by offering a place to live for as long as needed and the opportunity to gain new skills by working in its social enterprise. The combination of a supportive environment and the chance to learn new skills helps people to rebuild their confidence, self-esteem and dignity so they can rebuild their lives. To fund the charity’s work, Emmaus has shops in Gloucester, Cheltenham, Nailsworth and Stroud, all selling quality second-hand furniture, household items and more.

The evening commences at 7:30pm at 16 Bennington St, Cheltenham GL50 4ED and is a £3 donation to enter. The Facebook event can be found here.

To find out more about the work of Emmaus Gloucestershire, please visit here.