Graham Wood

Big Change – Updates and Info 2019

If you´re unfamiliar with Big Change in Manchester, here´s a quick summary and some stats. Big Change is a central fund, where the monies dontated go directly to the people who need it most during this housing crisis – people who are currently without a safe home and those who have recently moved into accommodation. […]

Trying to understand homelessness

A Personal View (and a few stats) by Graham Wood, Media & Comms, Street Support This is more than just a complicated issue. It is actually ruining people´s lives and in many cases, it is ending them. This crisis has been given a name, ´homelessness´ and the people affected have been given a label ´the […]

It Takes A City

CAMBRIDGE SUMMIT ON HOMELESSNESS (With grateful thanks to Rev’d Jon Canessa for providing his valuable perspective, knowledge and original text) In response to the ever increasing numbers of people sleeping outside in Cambridge, a summit was convened at St Paul’s church on the 29th November 2018. Wintercomfort for the Homeless, a drop-in centre supporting people […]

What is the business community doing?

Businesses are taking on the challenges of homelessness in Manchester. To better understand and effectively respond to homelessness in Manchester we need to work together as a city. Businesses, charities, statutory organisations, and most importantly people who have a personal insight into homelessness. Please find to follow 3 recent examples detailing practical ways businesses are […]

We’re fundraising for a paid role within Street Support

We know it’s a really big ask. Street Support Network are currently working at and sometimes beyond capacity. We would like to raise enough funds to create another paid role for someone with personal insight into, and experience of being homeless. What We Do (Online) Street Support address the disadvantages of being homeless by mapping […]

Rough Sleeping Statistics Autumn 2018 England

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Housing Statistical Release 31st Jan 2019 This publication provides information on the single night snapshot of rough sleeping for autumn 2018. The snapshot is taken annually in England using street counts, evidence-based estimates, and estimates informed by spotlight street counts. • The total number of people counted or […]

Real Change Launches in Rochdale

Local Rochdale charities launch an initiative offering people a different way to give to tackle homelessness. Real Change Rochdale raises money for practical items which help people who are homeless: things like a deposit for a home, enrolment on a training course or buying new clothes for a job interview. Donations go directly to people […]

Sharing Spaces – A Guide For City Centre Organisations

How to work with your colleagues and with people who may be homeless near your premises to provide safety and support for everyone. ‘Sharing Spaces‘ is a guide for city-centre organisations in Manchester to understand how to work with your colleagues and with people who may be homeless near your premises to provide safety and support for […]

A Bed Every Night – How’s It Going?

Please find to follow the latest weekly statement from the ABEN (A Bed Every Night) Steering Group. It’s not been easy, it’s far from perfect and there have been hiccups. But the numbers and the success stories speak for themselves. A huge thank you to everyone who has been and still is involved. ABEN Weekly […]

A Great Big Thank You To You All!

Thanks to all the charities and organisations – from the big nationals to the smaller locals. Working tirelessly throughout the year to help and support. Thanks to all the businesses and the faith networks. Your generosity and kindness is turning lives around. Thanks to the army of fantastic and dedicated volunteers who do all that […]