Stories

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 […]

Things Can Change

How a new initiative is helping to tackle homelessness through multi-agency collaboration and alternative giving. An oft-grumbled criticism of society as a whole is that we don’t do enough, collectively, to tackle the problem of homelessness. In many instances, we may be able to find examples that suggest this is true. However, in the case […]

Dave

The next in a series of short films outlining homelessness in the Greater Manchester area and the many forms it can take. Thanks to Dave for his courage and honesty in telling his story.    

Christine

This is the first of a series of short films outlining people’s individual stories of homelessness in the Greater Manchester area and the many forms it can take. Here’s Christine’s story…   Thanks to Christine for her courage and honesty in telling her story. If you enjoy it, please share it.

A Volunteer’s View

So, volunteering for homelessness organisations in Manchester. Is it all about ‘doing your bit’? In a way, yes. But it’s also about meeting new people, having a laugh, working as a team, getting some exercise, (trust me, a shift in a busy kitchen burns those cals) and mingling with the good people of Manchester who […]

Rebuilding family life

Material needs aren’t the whole story. Daniel doesn’t blame his council for evicting him after a so-called friend wired his electric meter and lived rent-free while Daniel was in hospital after a heart attack. But he did not have the two weeks rent they demanded to let him back and he’s been sleeping on the […]