October 2018

MHP VoxPop group meeting 17th Oct 2018

Minutes From VoxPop meeting on the 17th October 2018   Attendees – John Priestly, Mark Ward, Barbara Oliver, Selina Hanley, Lee Fletcher, Stephen Beech, Linda Parsonage.   10:00am – Individual Check ins (optional) – ask what is the top thing in their mind around homelessness) Selina – homeless for a year, has been a pastry […]

Working towards A Bed Every Night

No-one should have to sleep rough on the streets of Greater Manchester, particularly in winter. A Bed Every Night for everyone is the priority aim of the Greater Manchester Homeless Action Network. GMHAN is a collaboration of organisations, charities, the public and private sectors, businesses, faith networks and individuals in Greater Manchester. Giving people a bed […]

MANCHESTER HOMELESSNESS STRATEGY

THE BISHOP OF MANCHESTER The Rt Revd Dr David Walker (Excerpt from a letter dated 10th Oct 2018) “This strategy lays out our vision for the next five years – to end homelessness in Manchester. It looks at how we are going to address the wider inequalities and barriers to accessing services that lead to […]

His name was Kevin

Written by Rachel Yates from the JustLife Foundation Everyone who works with vulnerable people has their one, the first death or the one which made the most impact, mine was Kevin. It was the shock of Kevin’s death which stuck with me as it was completely unexpected, he was starting to get help… It was […]

Launch brings together MPs, councils, mayors and local businesses to work as one

By Charlotte Willis (Project Support Worker)   Street Support Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole hosted an incredible launch event last week (5/10/18), to inspire a new approach to tackle homelessness in the area. The event, held at BCHA’s The Factory, brought together homeless organisations, charities, local businesses, Conor Burns MP, the mayor of Poole and the […]

The Big Stadium Sleep Out

It won’t be your average night’s sleep! On Friday 30th November 2018, Saints Foundation and The Big Issue Foundation are inviting you and your colleagues to take part in The Big Stadium Sleep Out. The event will be held at St Mary’s Stadium, with fans getting the chance to sleep in the Itchen stand and […]

WAYS TO HELP PEOPLE WHO ARE HOMELESS THIS WINTER

HOW TO HELP PEOPLE THIS WINTER Nobody should be sleeping outside, especially not in winter. Plans are currently underway to provide a bed every night plus appropriate support for everyone sleeping outside in Greater Manchester this winter. It’s a considerable task involving a great many organisations, charities, the public and private sectors, businesses, faith networks and […]

Boots, suits and BIG Change

How Big Change Makes A Big Difference To People’s Lives A couple of stories from last month that really stood out…. Boots…. Someone who was formerly sleeping rough, (and working) was borrowing work boots so he could continue working. Through the Big Change, The Boaz Trust provided a new pair of boots of his own. […]

Southampton Rough Sleeping and Begging Charter

The collective initiative to tackle rough sleeping in Southampton, which started in January this year  has reached a significant milestone with the signing of the Southampton Rough Sleeping and Begging Charter on 24 September. Charities, faith groups, and civic chiefs have been working together and have all pledged to end rough sleeping in Southampton, after […]