Turn The Tables

by Turnthetables in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Total raised £2,040

raised so far



We teach people who have experienced homelessness how to DJ. Empowering mental health resilience through creativity and transferable skills.

by Turnthetables in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 29th September 2020 we'd raised £1,798 with 37 supporters in 28 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

The homelessness DJ project


We are fundraising for:

DJ Equipment 


Hiring of practitioners 

Increasing capacity of people we can support 

The Problem 

320,000 people are believed homeless in the UK (Shelter) a number predicted to rise sharply because of COVID-19.  

80% of those experiencing homelessness also suffer from mental health issues (Homeless Link). 

Art projects are proven to benefit mental health (APPG). 

The Beginning 

In 2018 we decided to do something about it. Combing our passion for music with the purpose of transforming lives. We began our pioneering homelessness DJ project - Turn The Tables. 

To support the wellbeing of those experiencing homelessness, enabling them to overcome their situation. 

We have been piloting in Edinburgh since 2018 with local homelessness charities. In this time our members have gone on to overcome low-self esteem, make lasting relationships, learn transferable skills and discover an exiting new creative output. 

In 2019, Ryan, our first Turn The Tables resident DJ to come out of the project, learned to DJ from scratch, starting on vinyl records borrowed from local DJs. He went on to perform for global businesses such as Red Bull, Diageo and open for Shapeshifters in front of 1,000 people. All while still living in temporary accommodation. Ryan is now living in a flat of his own and is excited to make people dance again. 

The Business model

Our ambition has always been to operate as a sustainable social enterprise. Using business for good to deliver social impact. 

We provide musical entertainment to corporate events. Performed by, where appropriate, our members and the professional DJs that teach them. Proceeds are put back into the financial model and enable us to deliver our workshops and dedicated training. 

Start up Funding 

At the beginning of 2020 we gained start up capital from financial support from The Scottish Social Entrepreneur fund and a loan investment from Big Issue Invest. 


While we have not been able to DJ in person we adapted our service to providing online support workshops to our members. 

Our trading activities have currently been put on hold. 

Why are we fundraising? 

We are no longer able to do corporate events until 2021. As a result our ability to deliver our service is at risk and scaling our service has been delayed.

We need your support to deliver our work and enable us to expand so we can support people in need in your area. 

It's a time of great need. 

People experiencing homelessness have been significantly hit by the pandemic. Support services were disrupted during lockdown and many have suffered from extreme isolation, while being at higher risk than most. 

A new wave of homelessness 

There is a very real fear of a new wave of homelessness as a result of COVID-19. 

As rules surrounding tenant evictions change we must do all we can to support the wellbeing of those people who are experiencing homelessness. 

What will we use the money for? 

- Increase the number of people we can support. 

- Building our team including the hire of support workers and practitioners 

- Equipment 

- Venue hire 

- Enhancing all aspects of our service 

- Kickstart our UK expansion 



This project offered rewards

£35 or more

Supporters T-Shirt - Designed by TooGallus

Supporters T-shirt designed by TooGallus. Plus your name displayed on digital supporters wall.

£10 or more

£10 Donation

Knowing that you've done your bit and our ever lasting gratitude for your generosity.

£15 or more

Digital Supporters Wall

Your name featured on our digital supporters wall. This will be displayed via our social media channels and website.

£25 or more

Physical Supporters Artwork & Keyring

Your name will make up part of physical 'supporters artwork' displayed in venues across the UK. You will also receive a Turn The Tables keyring.

£45 or more

Thank You Tour - Edinburgh

x1 ticket to your chosen leg of our 2021 'Thank You Supporters Tour' with special guest DJ - TBA plus 'Supporters Tee'

£45 or more

Thank You Tour - Glasgow

x1 ticket to your chosen leg of our 2021 'Thank You Supporters Tour' with special guest DJ - TBA plus x1'Supporters Tee'

£45 or more

Thank You Tour - Manchester

x1 ticket to your chosen leg of our 2021 'Thank You Supporters Tour' with special guest DJ - TBA plus x1 'Supporters Tee'

£45 or more

Thank You Tour - Bristol

x1 ticket to your chosen leg of our 2021 'Thank You Supporters Tour' with special guest DJ - TBA plus x1 'Supporters Tee'

£45 or more

Thank You Tour - London

x1 ticket to your chosen leg of our 2021 'Thank You Supporters Tour' with special guest DJ - TBA plus x1 'Supporters Tee'

£65 or more

Handwritten Thank You Card from Ryan

Hand written personalised thank you card from Ryan. Your name will also featured on our digital supporters wall x1 Supporters tee

£100 or more

Private DJ lesson. Beginner or advanced

DJ lesson for all abilities delivered from our professional DJ tutors. 1:1 or bring a friend for a group lesson. Plus x 1 supporters tshirt - supplied on day of the lesson. Plus your name added to our digital supporters wall State of the art equipment and music provided. Capacity - (1 - 2 people) Length - 90 minutes

£1,000 or more

Lifetime Supporter

A plaque with your / company name displayed in our headquarters. Your / company name featured in appropriate marketing material. Personalised thank you card from Ryan. Life time x 4 free guestlist to any Turn The Tables affiliated event Group DJ lesson up to 5. x5 supporter T-shirts T-shirts supplied at DJ lesson.

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