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Creating homes for rough sleepers is an essential part of our work to tackle homelessness and disadvantage.  

Thanks to the fundraising efforts of the musicians and music lovers at this year’s  Beat The Streets festival, we are one step closer to building eight self-contained flats in Nottingham.

These flats will offer a permanent home with personalised support, including access to drug, alcohol, and mental health services along with employment guidance. 

In recognition of their dedication to helping rough sleepers, the building will be named Akins House after the masterminds behind Beat the Streets, George and Sean Akins, the directors of DHP Family.  

The impressive £89,500 raised at the 2023 festival in January will contribute to the £1.4 million cost of the development. The substantial sum arrived at a crucial time, securing the building’s future when additional funds were uncertain. 

 Andrew Redfern, Chief Executive of Framework, said: 

 “The contribution of DHP’s Beat the Streets fundraising in 2023 has been essential in enabling this important building project to go ahead. By naming our new accommodation Akins House we want to recognise the vision of George and Sean.  

 “It is also a tribute to the commitment and support of all our friends at DHP Family and the hundreds of bands, solo artists, technicians, stewards and administrators who have generously given their time and talent over the past five years. Last, but certainly not least, let’s not forget the audiences who have come along to the events.” 

Construction work at Akins House is now underway, with completion of the flats expected in early 2024. 

 DHP Family’s Managing Director George Akins said: 

 “We’re incredibly proud to bring the Nottingham music community together each January for such an important cause and proud of the support that Beat the Streets has funded. 

“It’s brilliant to see the tangible difference the money raised is making to the lives of vulnerable people in our city, particularly with this year’s contribution going towards a permanent home that’s set to help many people over the coming years.” We thank everyone who made Beat the Streets 2023 such a huge success. Akins House will have a lasting impact on the lives of the people we support. Empowering them to forge a path towards stability and independence.