Greater Manchester

Raising Bee 6 ???

What….? ‘raising bee’ (noun originating North America ) Definition: a social or communal gathering for the specific purpose of raising the frame of a building such as a barn: Example ‘they are going to the 6th raising bee at Code Computerlove tonight, would you like to come? They have pizza too?’ Why….? Street Support Network’s Raising Bee is somewhat similar, but somewhat different. One evening a month a collective of digital […]

Homeless Reduction Act 2018 – Key Changes To Current Legislation

Manchester Partnership Meeting Presentation & Workshop 24/01/18 In attendance, representatives from: Mustard Tree. Shelter. Booth Centre. Riverside. MASH. Street Support. Homeless Link. Centrepoint. CityCo. Justlife. Coffee4Craig. DWP. Manchester City Council. Barnabus. Big Change. GM Police. Greater Manchester Together. Manchester Metropolitan University. NHS. Citizens Advice. Manchester Mind. Cornerstone. Great Places. (This list is not exhaustive).   The […]

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 […]

It’s official. Manchester is socks mad!

(A foot-warming tale of kindness and collaboration) 20,000 Pairs of Socks Donated to Homeless Charities in Manchester Over Christmas It’s OK, you’ve read it right. Not 20 pairs, not 200 pairs, not even 2,000 pairs. but 20,000 PAIRS! Our story begins with a man seeing a poster in Manchester. The man? Mike Blackburn, MD of […]

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.

Universal Credit

With more changes to benefits coming including the controversial rollout of Universal Credit (UTC), we asked the department of work and pensions (DWP) to share how this is being implemented in Greater Manchester. There is general information on what Universal Credit is and eligibility here. A useful toolkit with supporting information for customers & partner […]

Youth action initiative – update

We would like to share an update on the Youth Action Initiative following a recent event. The initiative is part of the Manchester Homelessness Charter and recently more than 40 young people from across different youth organisations attended an evening where lots of great ideas for going forward were discussed. The meeting focused on planning […]