Homeless people in the UK are set to get free music and dance lessons so they can busk for cash.
Online business Bark.com is offering people the chance to nominate homeless people to learn a new skill, so they can make money. When Bark has received the nominations they will match the homeless person with a tutor.
Co-founder of the online marketplace, Kai Feller told Evening Standard, “It’s basically about helping the homeless learn a new skill, to help improve their lives.
“Learning maths or English won’t necessarily help them but a new skill like the guitar or to sing, they can almost instantly start applying that to everyday life and I thought it was a good way to give back to the community really.”
Mr Feller said they have music teachers in London, Manchester, Newcastle and Birmingham at the moment, but they hope to expand to more cities.
He added, “The homeless crisis in Britain is a growing problem and many people fell there isn’t anything they can do to help stop it.
“We hope that bringing this initiative, we can help homeless people learn new skills so they can busk instead of beg with the intention that more people will be generous.”
More than 300,000 people in Britain were officially recorded as homeless or living in inadequate homes in 2017, according to Shelter.