Free event tickets for NHS, frontline workers and volunteersPosted by: Claudia Downs
Live music at Tramlines 2019
Sheffield social enterprise Tickets for Good will give away thousands of free event tickets.
Sheffield based social enterprise, the Tickets for Good Foundation, gives free event tickets to charities and social groups via the Ticket Bank platform. These tickets are then distributed to individual service users. During the COVID-19 pandemic they have launched the Virtual Ticket Bank, allowing free access to online events and resources. From now until early 2021, they will be making all their physical and online donated tickets available to NHS staff, frontline key workers and volunteers. To apply for tickets or to donate tickets please visit this page – ticketsforgood.org.
Established just over a year ago, the Ticket Bank program has been a runaway success with thousands of people receiving free event tickets via charity partners across the UK. During this time they have collaborated with high profile event brands such as Tramlines Festival, O2 Academy venues and AEG Presents. The primary goal is to improve mental health and wellbeing through access to events and cultural activities.
The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a mental toll on many people, with frontline staff particularly at risk. They have had to adapt to new practices in addition to caring for a huge number of new patients. When launching a mental health hotline for NHS workers, Prerana Issar (Chief People Officer for the NHS) said, "We need to do everything we can to support our incredible NHS people, as they care for people through this global health emergency."
A first of its kind study, commissioned by Tickets for Good and the Ticket Bank, conducted by LifePsychol Ltd, demonstrated a clear link between attending arts events and improving mental health (study here). Armed with this information, Tickets for Good and the Ticket Bank are using their revolutionary platforms to support and say thank you to NHS staff, key workers and volunteers for their tireless efforts in this time of national crisis. This action will also support venues, events and activity providers with a way to distribute free tickets to a deserving cohort. Although social distancing will likely be in place for some months, the event industry is looking at new ways of operating including outdoor theatre and other activities.
Steve Rimmer, founder and CEO of Tickets for Good, said: "I’m so proud to be able to launch this project to say thank you to all of the NHS staff, key workers and volunteers who are working so hard to help others (and the country) at this time of need. This is an easy way for the events and ticketing industry to give back whilst helping to open up the doors again, as soon as it’s safe to do so. It feels great to be using our business as a force for good and we look forward to helping as many people as we can to access donated tickets."
Steve Rimmer, CEO