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Manchester Homelessness Strategy

A strategy with a vision to end homelessness in Manchester One year ago, members of the Manchester Homelessness Partnership developed Manchester’s first co-produced strategy to end all forms of homelessness. It has three main aims: To make homelessness rare: Increasing prevention and early intervention To make homelessness as brief as possible: Improving temporary accommodation and […]

Public Space Protection Order – Listening To Different Voices

PSPO – Listening To Different Voices Public Space Protection Order Consultation Open Space Discussion – Manchester Homelessness Partnership Vox Pop Action Group 02/04/19 This month the MHP VOX POP Action Group (for people with personal experience of homelessness) focused on the recent PSPO consultation. This is what we heard… “Proposals have been drawn up following […]

Homelessness in Manchester. Here’s how to help this winter.

What do our charities need? There are so many amazing charities and organisations in Manchester doing so much, 365 days a year. If you can help, here’s a list of typical items the charities need all year round – from electrical items to toiletries, tea & coffee to furniture, bedding and administration support. If you […]

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 […]

The Big Question

Greater Manchester Homeless Action Network 25/07/18 (Report Part One) Can we aim to give people sleeping rough a bed overnight, every night from October 2018 to March 2019? This question posed by Andy Burnham last Wednesday, kicked off an encouraging morning at the Greater Manchester Homelessness Action Network event at Salford University. Last winter when […]

What have the arts got to do with homelessness?

The International Arts and Homelessness Summit/Festival 12th – 18th November 2018 This is the first event of its kind bringing together arts projects, people and artists with personal insight into  homelessness, practitioners, policy-makers, organisations, charities and academics. Greater Manchester has been chosen because of the exceptional arts/homelessness projects in the region, the way arts is becoming […]

Life without a label

The language we use can have an impact on the stigma and exclusion that people feel and this can negatively affect people’s lives. This raises even deeper questions. Are we all to be defined and labelled by our past or events in our past? With these questions in mind, a discussion took place recently at […]

How Businesses Can Step Up

Homelessness, in all its forms, is increasing across the UK, with the situation now at crisis point. Manchester needs a unique solution from all sectors (voluntary, statutory, and business) putting the voices and knowledge of people with experience of homelessness at the forefront. Manchester is fast becoming becoming a model for other cities around the […]

Organised Kindness

“This piece was inspired by a trip to Manchester with the ever growing Homeless population. The way the general public engaged with, respected and accepted homeless people as part of Manchester and how Manchester had adapted and embraced ALL its population regardless of whether they lived on the streets or had a roof to sleep […]

Listening To The Voices of Experience

People with experience of being homeless met to discuss the current homelessness situation in Manchester The first meeting of people with direct experience of homelessness in Manchester took place at the Mustard Tree, May 24th.  The meeting was well attended and a rich and lively discussion followed, covering a variety of topics some of which are currently […]