Manchester

Football match raises £2k for Mayor’s Homelessness Fund

On Sunday 21 October, a football match between a team of formerly homeless people and Greater Manchester Police (GMP) Tameside raised £2,018 for the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Homelessness Fund. More than 500 people turned out to support the match at Seel Park in Mossley. The Emmaus team, which included former professional footballer Andy Ritchie and […]

Working towards A Bed Every Night

No-one should have to sleep rough on the streets of Greater Manchester, particularly in winter. A Bed Every Night for everyone is the priority aim of the Greater Manchester Homeless Action Network. GMHAN is a collaboration of organisations, charities, the public and private sectors, businesses, faith networks and individuals in Greater Manchester. Giving people a bed […]

MANCHESTER HOMELESSNESS STRATEGY

THE BISHOP OF MANCHESTER The Rt Revd Dr David Walker (Excerpt from a letter dated 10th Oct 2018) “This strategy lays out our vision for the next five years – to end homelessness in Manchester. It looks at how we are going to address the wider inequalities and barriers to accessing services that lead to […]

His name was Kevin

Written by Rachel Yates from the JustLife Foundation Everyone who works with vulnerable people has their one, the first death or the one which made the most impact, mine was Kevin. It was the shock of Kevin’s death which stuck with me as it was completely unexpected, he was starting to get help… It was […]

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 […]

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 […]

Meet On The Out

Since 2016 On The Out have been providing an invaluable service and much needed support for people just released from custody from HMP Manchester, (Strangeways) and prisons throughout the North West. People who are often released with little or no money, no family to go to and no place to call home. The support On […]

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 […]

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 […]