Skint but Mint band transforms lives

A music project for former rough sleepers has already produced its own rock band.

The Beat Project is a music, arts, and film project based in a hostel that aims to provide training and rehabilitation to the homeless residents. Musician and tutor Steve hopes that it will be both educational and inspirational.

At present, two tutors provide weekly sessions for experienced and aspiring performers at the scheme. The ultimate goal is to offer music, art, and film sessions to outreach services and community projects in the area, which the programme’s original participants will run.

A group of 15 enthusiastic musicians attended pilot workshops and a band has already formed. The in-house band, ‘Skint but Mint’, have learned a variety of cover songs and are starting to perform live. Their line-up (pictured) includes Andy (bass), Simon (electric guitar), Connar (drums), Juliet (lead singer), and Aston (acoustic guitar).

“It has really helped with my confidence and motivation.” – Aston

Simon is partially sighted and is unable to work. He is motivated by the thought of using his skills to help others and told us: “This project is giving me opportunities and aspirations. I can do something I enjoy and make a difference to people’s lives. I am excited about where this project can go and proud to be a part of it from the start.”

Juliet is clean after a long battle with addiction, but has had a hard time since her mother became ill.

She says: “[The band] has pretty much kept me going… It has helped me in so many ways I don’t believe there’s enough space to write it all down. It has opened up a whole new world for me.”