Each year the Festival raises money for charity, and in 2019 we are supporting the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Homelessness Fund.
This fund was set up by Andy Burnham on his election to the post of Mayor of Greater Manchester with the objective of ending rough sleeping in Greater Manchester through initiatives such as:
- building specialised supported accommodation for young people, with access to education, volunteering and employment opportunities
- expanding mental health and rehabilitation programmes across Greater Manchester, including rebuilding community mental health support, recovery-led accommodation and arts programmes
- bringing empty properties back into use for people threatened with becoming homeless.
Andy Burnham donates 15% of his mayoral salary to the fund.