Greater Manchester

On The Out new website (and how the network works)

We know how it feels to be released to nothing, to have lost it all and to have to rebuild everything from scratch. Or to have so many obstacles on the outside that things quickly become too much. We know how it feels because we have been through it ourselves. When On The Out approached us to put a social media ‘shout out’ […]

‘A Week In The Life’ – Reach Out To The Community

We spotted this on Facebook recently and thought we’d share. Reach Out To The Community are a fantastic group of people, working tirelessly with people who are homeless and vulnerably housed in South Manchester. Amongst so many other things, here’s an example of just one week: 3rd June – 8th June 2019: Last week was […]

Breakfast of Champions in Bury

BURY BREAKFAST CLUB (Time For A Change) Mick Hillditch and his partner Jane run the Bury Breakfast Club, a much under appreciated, under-funded but very essential service in Bury. Mark decided to start the Breakfast Club around 5 years ago. At first providing people with simple beans on toast, a cuppa, and a safe place […]

Tenant Fees Act 2019. Now in force

Since Saturday 1st June, fundamental changes have been made concerning the fees that can lawfully be charged to people seeking privately rented accommodation in England. In summary the new rules: Outlaw many types of up-front tenant fees. Prevent a landlord taking a security deposit which exceeds five weeks’ rent. Prevent a landlord requiring a tenant […]

GM Emergency Winter Provision. Huge thanks to everyone involved

A Bed Every Night. Greater Manchester 2018/2019 Many thanks from the ABEN Steering Group. A Bed Every Night was not without problems, but the successes far outweighed any misgivings or hiccups along the way. So many people were inside and supported throughout winter, many of whom have now moved on to permanent accommodation and a […]

MHP Youth Action Group Emerges.

Being homeless means not having a safe place to call home. Thousands of young people sleep rough every night, but there are thousands more sleeping on sofas, floors, night buses or with strangers. The reasons why young people become homeless are many and varied. A breakdown in family relationships, health issues, (both mental and physical), […]

Emergency provision in GM

A Bed Every Night. How did it go and what happens next? Greater Manchester Homelessness Action Network April 3rd 2019 The Greater Manchester Homelessness Action Network is a collaboration of organisations, charities, the public and private sectors, businesses, faith networks and individuals in Greater Manchester working together with one aim of ending homelessness in Greater […]

Big Change – Updates and Info 2019

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 dontated 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 […]