Mara Patraiko

Farewell from Soraya

My Introduction To The Third Sector  In 2011, after a 6 year career in business operation and change leadership, I left my corporate job and pivoted to the Third Sector where I felt I could make a positive impact on people’s lives. I started working for Greater Manchester based charity Mustard Tree coordinating ‘The Freedom […]

Homelessness and Gambling Harm Toolkit – free resources

My name is Lauren and I am the Policy and Practice Lead for Gambling Harm at Simon Community. I have been researching gambling harm within our services for the past 14 months and working with organisations across the UK to share learning on how to support people experiencing gambling harm.  Last year, we were funded […]

A Day in the Life of a Helpline Volunteer

Independent Choices is a Greater Manchester-based professional organisation, with over 40 years of experience supporting, advising and working with victims of domestic abuse and violence. Learn more about volunteering with Independent Choices. They’re currently recruiting for Helpline Volunteers, so who better to share ‘a day in the life’ than a helpline volunteer herself.  If you […]

Spotlight: Salford Loaves and Fishes

Salford Loaves and Fishes supports people experiencing homelessness, isolation and those who are vulnerable in Salford and the surrounding area. Experiencing homelessness may mean rough sleeping, sofa surfing, in unstable accommodation, at risk of homelessness or those struggling to keep their home for any reason. In these challenging times, as well as individuals, more families […]

Spotlight: Coffee4Craig

Coffee4Craig provides an evening drop-in service supporting people experiencing homelessness. We do this by providing home-cooked meals, access to a medic, a shower and barbering service, advice – and a team of friendly staff and volunteers. How important are volunteers to Coffee4Craig? Volunteers are vital to running our evening drop in sessions. Quite simply, the […]

Spotlight: Independent Choices

Independent Choices Greater Manchester set up our confidential Greater Manchester Domestic Abuse Helpline in 1978. It is open for anyone over the age of 16 who is experiencing or has previously experienced domestic abuse & violence in any form. Crucially, our Helpline can also be accessed by professionals, as well as friends and family who […]

Spotlight: Greater Together Manchester

Greater Together Manchester is an anti-poverty charity supporting and empowering people in Greater Manchester. We work primarily with people who have experience of homelessness and other related difficulties. We run various projects including a Social Super Market, our Befriending Service, Wayfinder, and our activities programme Lifeskills. How important are volunteers to Greater Together Manchester? We […]

Spotlight: Engage, Grow, Go

EGG (or Engage, Grow, Go) is a Manchester and Stockport-based charity, offering homelessness support throughout the North West. We look at the long-term solution, helping people out of homelessness, into their own homes and either work or self-employment.  How important are volunteers to EGG? Volunteers are crucial to EGG. We have a database of Volunteer […]