Homelessness

SSJ SleepOut 2018

  Join us for a night sleeping under the stars, to highlight the issues surrounding homelessness throughout Hampshire. When: Friday 19th October 2018 Where: Guildhall Square, Southampton The number of rough sleepers across the UK continues to rise and whilst the problem is becoming more visible on our streets, there are also thousands of ‘hidden homeless’ sofa […]

World Suicide Prevention Day – 10th September

It’s World Suicide Prevention Day! 💚 Did you know that homeless people are 6x more likely to take their own life than the rest of the general population? 💔 The Homeless Hub write, “There is no single-handed solution to reduce the rates of suicide and depression among those experiencing homelessness. Yet, it is essential to […]

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 […]

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 […]

What have the arts got to do with homelessness?

The International Arts and Homelessness Summit/Festival 12th – 18th November 2018 This is the first event of its kind bringing together arts projects, people and artists with personal insight into  homelessness, practitioners, policy-makers, organisations, charities and academics. Greater Manchester has been chosen because of the exceptional arts/homelessness projects in the region, the way arts is becoming […]

Life without a label

The language we use can have an impact on the stigma and exclusion that people feel and this can negatively affect people’s lives. This raises even deeper questions. Are we all to be defined and labelled by our past or events in our past? With these questions in mind, a discussion took place recently at […]

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. […]

A Big Thank You 07/06/2018

With the ever increasing rise in homelessness in Manchester and the nation as a whole, it may seem contradictory to celebrate. However, the achievements of Big Change and The Mayors Homelessness Fund deserve to be celebrated, if only modestly. The Big Change pays for practical items that individuals need to build independent lives off the […]

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 […]