Street Support

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 […]

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 […]

BIG CHANGE. Are you in the running?

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 inviting you to run with them in the Manchester Half Marathon to raise money for Big Change. Big Change provides practical support to  people […]

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 […]

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 […]

Going That Extra Mile

What Else Are You Going To Do On A Lovely Warm and Sunny Evening In Manchester? Thursday 6pm May 29th 2018. An untypical weekday evening in Manchester. Sunny and warm, not a cloud in the sky. Whilst the good people of Manchester were sipping frosty beers in streetside cafes and bars or burning food on […]

Communication is Needed

Phone Charge Points in Greater Manchester. We’re trying to compile a comprehensive and accessible list of places, (organisations, businesses, shops, faith groups, charities) where people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness can charge their phones. As you know, it’s vital for people to keep in touch at this vulnerable time, (support workers, charities, […]