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St John’s Homelessness Initiative

What is St John’s? St John’s’ is a one billion pound new development in the centre of Manchester and is being described as Manchester’s newest neighbourhood. Once constructed, the 6 acre site will be mixed-mode and plans to include 2,500 new homes, 600,000sq ft of workspace, and 400,000sq ft of leisure space. It is estimated […]

Real Change launches in Oldham

“By giving a just a little you could help a lot” That’s the message behind Real Change Oldham, an initiative aimed at supporting some of the most vulnerable people in Oldham who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Real Change does this by combining donations from the public to buy practical items that […]

Street Support GM – news, info, links, updates

The first of our regular blog updates. To let you know some of the stuff that’s happening, or has recently happened in and around the Street Support GM Network. We’ll keep it short, with plenty of links to find out more. ON THE OUT – NEW WEBSITE From a ‘shout out’ through Street Support social […]

Big Change – making a lasting difference.

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 donated 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 […]

WAYS TO HELP PEOPLE WHO ARE HOMELESS THIS WINTER

HOW TO HELP PEOPLE THIS WINTER Nobody should be sleeping outside, especially not in winter. Plans are currently underway to provide a bed every night plus appropriate support for everyone sleeping outside in Greater Manchester this winter. It’s a considerable task involving a great many organisations, charities, the public and private sectors, businesses, faith networks and […]

Boots, suits and BIG Change

How Big Change Makes A Big Difference To People’s Lives A couple of stories from last month that really stood out…. Boots…. Someone who was formerly sleeping rough, (and working) was borrowing work boots so he could continue working. Through the Big Change, The Boaz Trust provided a new pair of boots of his own. […]

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 […]

Running for BIG CHANGE

Manchester Half Marathon – Big Change Manchester Sunday 14th October 2018 Inspired by the work of the Manchester Homeless Partnership and Street Support, staff from Manchester City Council’s Rough Sleepers Team are running the Manchester Half Marathon to raise money for Big Change. Big Change provides practical support to  people who are currently homeless and people […]