Homeless

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. […]

Life Without Labels

(The following guidelines are currently in circulation. They are not intended as a list of ‘language rules’. Rather something to promote conversations within organisations and encourage awareness about how certain language and ‘labeling’ can affect the way people feel) GREATER MANCHESTER HOUSING & HOMELESSNESS SERVICES Suggested Terms of Reference & Language The language we use to […]

Migration and Destitution Fund

The Destitute Migrants’ Relief Fund This much needed fund provides a crisis grant of up to £80 per month to destitute non-EEA migrants who have no recourse to public funds. This Fund is operated by the Migration & Destitution Action Group who formed under Manchester Homelessness Partnership. The Action Group includes members with experience of […]

A Bed Every Night Over Winter? Shaping the Answers.

Greater Manchester Homelessness Action Network Report 2 The question posed by Andy Burnham at last week’s meeting of the Greater Manchester Homelessness Action Network was simple: Can we aim to give people sleeping rough a bed overnight, every night from October 2018 to March 2019? The answers will need cooperation, coordination and co-production. Here’s a brief summary […]

Big Change Update 2018

Since May 2016 Big Change has been providing practical support to  people who are currently homeless and people who have recently been homeless by paying for items that are most needed. From a pair of new boots or a deposit for a home, to new clothing and travel costs for job interviews and training courses. […]

How Businesses Can Step Up

Homelessness, in all its forms, is increasing across the UK, with the situation now at crisis point. Manchester needs a unique solution from all sectors (voluntary, statutory, and business) putting the voices and knowledge of people with experience of homelessness at the forefront. Manchester is fast becoming becoming a model for other cities around 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 […]

Organised Kindness

“This piece was inspired by a trip to Manchester with the ever growing Homeless population. The way the general public engaged with, respected and accepted homeless people as part of Manchester and how Manchester had adapted and embraced ALL its population regardless of whether they lived on the streets or had a roof to sleep […]