Robbie Tolson and Turn the Tables (previously Back to Back) uses DJing as a vehicle for positive change, addressing the complex issue of mental health that surrounds homelessness. This comes in the form of dj tuition workshops, dj performances and events.
“Djing is an engagement vehicle, to draw interest from our users who have traditionally been disengaged in education and employment. Our workshops provide a gateway to further support, whilst delivering transferable skills, boosting confidence, combating loneliness and teaching users how to use creativity and music for wellness. Supporting our users back on their feet, by building mental health resilience to support the road to accommodation and sustained tenancy as well as employment and volunteer opportunities. We are in the process of piloting our workshop service to other groups who will benefit from an alternative and exciting form of mental health therapy. There for our services can be rolled out with social prescription via the NHS, schools, universities, youth projects, rehab facilities for example. Profit from such activities will be put towards our work with homeless people, in order to be free at the point of use. Leading Turn the Tables to become a self-sustained social enterprise in the near future.”
We aim to break the stigma around homelessness by putting our beneficiaries in the dj booth. Turning the invisible people of today into the turntablists and selectors of tomorrow. We offer musical entertainment with a heartwarming and authentic story, all performed by our alumni with support from our tutors. Our performance services have already been picked up by the likes of RedBull, Johnnie Walker and Diageo. Nothing quite engages an audience by knowing that the dj has been affected by homelessness.