Stories

Meet On The Out

Since 2016 On The Out have been providing an invaluable service and much needed support for people just released from custody from HMP Manchester, (Strangeways) and prisons throughout the North West. People who are often released with little or no money, no family to go to and no place to call home. The support On […]

Moving Panoramas

The People’s History Museum, with stories of the struggles of ordinary people, provided lots of ideas that have been expanded and explored to create Moving Panoramas. The piece performed on Monday 11th June, combined visual arts with original songwriting centred around scrolling artworks that moved together with the songs to tell a story. The artworks, […]

A Big Thank You 07/06/2018

With the ever increasing rise in homelessness in Manchester and the nation as a whole, it may seem contradictory to celebrate. However, the achievements of Big Change and The Mayors Homelessness Fund deserve to be celebrated, if only modestly. The Big Change pays for practical items that individuals need to build independent lives off the […]

Artist Now In Residence

A beautiful sunny lunchtime in Manchester. It seems to happen quite regularly these days, touch wood. Mooch from The Big Change and Graham from Street Support are heading to Chorlton to see Steph and Becky at Reach Out To The Community. Reach Out To The Community is a shop and community hub in which raises […]

Paul’s Story

Paul suffered from a severe drug addiction that resulted in him being homeless. He was interviewed about his recovery by Johna Johnson for Recovery Radio.   “I was so addicted that my friends just got sick of the chaos I was bringing to their lives.”   How did you become homeless? I was sofa surfing […]

Gary’s Story.

An interview with Gary Staniforth of Hidden Voices. Hidden Voices are champions of positive change in the lives of vulnerable people. They provide training, activities and workshops to improve mental health, raise self-esteem and build confidence. Gary Staniforth began his journey in 2008 and is now the CEO of the Hidden Voices social enterprise.   […]

Donna’s Story.

An interview with Donna, who supports Bradford’s homeless population by taking out food and helping them get places in hostels and supported housing. This interview was conducted by Johna for Recovery Radio.   “We help anyone really, anyone who needs our help.”   So Donna, how did you get involved in feeding the homeless? I’ve […]

Tryone’s Story

Tyrone was interviewed about his recovery by Johna Johnson for Recovery Radio, which can be found on BCB 106.6fm.   “I was homeless and I was just sick of it.”   What made you start your recovery and how did you begin? Well, to be honest, I was homeless and I was just sick of […]

My Name is Johna Johnson.

An interview with Recovery Radio’s Johna Johnson about his story.   I’m a volunteer for Arch and have been for two years, and I am a co-facilitator at Unity.   I have been around services for over 30 years on and off mainly for mental health issues.   I have clashed with services at times, yet […]