TogetherFest – is today!

Graham Robson May 30, 2020

Together Co, the Brighton & Hove-based charity that exists to end loneliness, is hosting a virtual music festival from 12pm on Saturday, May 30 that will see more than 20 bands perform for free to raise money to help the most vulnerable and isolated.

TogetherFest will see local bands, including Melissa Bel, Stranger Girl, Luna Blue and Dakka Skanks, perform a mini gig,  that can be viewed for free via Youtube, Instagram and Facebook. Everyone taking part is giving their time for free to encourage people to find out about new music in Brighton then donate to support Together Co’s essential work.

Melissa Douglas, lead singer from Stranger Girl, said: ‘So many people have experienced loneliness and right now it is worse than ever for people who are isolated.

‘I’m taking part in TogetherFest because we can make a difference. Together Co is doing so much to help people realise they are not alone and that people do care. Community is so important right now and I think we need to all try to do our little bit to help with this.’

Together Co Befriending has seen a 781% increase in referrals compared to the same period  last year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Every single pound raised by the virtual festival will make a difference – from helping train more volunteers to deliver food or offer friendly phone chats. It will also help develop resources to support a city-wide response to loneliness.

Jo Crease, CEO of Together Co, added: ‘Loneliness has direct impact on every aspect of health and, since lockdown, we’ve seen the situation in Brighton & Hove dramatically worsen as people have been forced to isolate.

‘For those already extremely vulnerable, it has made even basic everyday tasks such as going food shopping almost impossible. We believe no one should be isolated which is why we act every day to bring people together and build connections that change lives. TogetherFest is going to be brilliant and is a chance to prove what can be done when a community comes together.

‘A huge thank you to every band that takes part and please know every pound raised for us will make a huge difference.’


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