We have asked staff to think about how they can contribute as part of World Homelessness Day and would like to highlight a range of ways in which you can pledge your support.
One of the biggest impacts you can have is to spread the word about support and advice services out there to help those at risk of homelessness or already homeless. The Street Support website provides lots of information about homelessness services in Manchester and the wider area.
Organisations and charities are always in need of volunteers to help with a wide variety of tasks and services. This can range from administrative tasks, mentoring, DIY, skill share, or just someone to talk to. See what skills are needed near you by visiting the Street Support website.
The Longford Centre in Chorlton is a newly refurbished 38 bedroom homeless accommodation centre aimed at helping residents who have recently lost their home to get back on their feet. Residents benefit from hot meals, debt and health advice, training and mediation services, as well as the opportunity to get involved in activities such as gardening and art. If you are interested in volunteering please contact email@example.com.
Direct Women’s access need volunteers so email WDAC@manchester.gov.uk to find out more.
If you’re looking at replacing household items or clearing out your wardrobe, charities are always in need of unwanted goods. This can range from food and drink, to toiletries or IT equipment. If you have any items that you think may be useful, visit Street Support to find an organisation who might benefit.
Homelessness charities and support groups rely on grants, donations and fundraising to carry out the valuable work they do.
Big Change is a central fund that you can donate to which supports individuals who are homeless. They pay for items they need such as a deposit for a home, a training course, clothes for a job interview, furnishing for a new flat, or travel costs.
The Bed for Every Night campaign will ensure that there will be a bed every night for every single person sleeping rough in Greater Manchester over the winter months. As well as a roof over the head of someone who has been sleeping rough, the campaign aims to ensure there will be a range of support to help people begin a longer-term journey away from the streets.
The Street Support website provides details of other local organisations and charities that would benefit from donations to support the work they are doing.
Each year, a number of the Manchester homelessness charities invite people to take on the challenge of sleeping out for one night. This is to highlight some of the hardships that people face every night and help raise much-needed funds.
If you are interested, you can find out more and register on their websites.
Booth Centre, Friday 9th November
Centrepoint, Thursday 29th November
You may have a specific interest in the work of one of the Manchester-based homelessness charities and would like to find out more or get involved. Further information and contact details are below.
Mustard Tree has an established track record over the past 25 years of supporting people across Greater Manchester in poverty and facing homelessness. They create opportunities for people to help themselves through providing practical support, friendship, connections into work, improvements to health and wellbeing, plus new experiences to encourage aspiration. To get involved email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Boaz Trust is a Christian charity serving destitute asylum seekers and refugees in Greater Manchester. Their aim is to end asylum destitution. They want to see people who are seeking sanctuary in the UK leading fulfilling lives.
To this end they provide accommodation and support for destitute asylum seekers and refugees and speak up for asylum seekers in campaigning for a more compassionate asylum system. Their email is email@example.com
The Booth Centre exists to bring about positive change in the lives of people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness by helping them to plan for and realise a better future. They do this by providing activities to help people rebuild their confidence and learn something new while having fun. They run arts, employment and skills sessions daily and offer everyone a healthy breakfast and lunch. Advice is available to help people find accommodation and overcome the practical difficulties they are facing. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Centrepoint provides housing and support for young people in London, Manchester, Yorkshire and the North East and through partnerships all over the UK. They aim to give homeless young people a future.
Barnabus is a Christian Homeless Charity based in Manchester. They offer a lifeline to over 600 visiting homeless and vulnerable people each week, many of whom have severe addictions or mental health issues. They support their physical, emotional and spiritual needs to help them get back into mainstream society. To offer your help email email@example.com
Want to know more about the project? If you are interested in finding out more about One Manchester’s response to homeless or want to get involved, contact Mark Beach at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 274 2895.