Volunteering

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Resolve Together – The Unseen Builders

As part of the Street Support Network‘s ongoing push to improve their website, a crack team of developers, digital marketers and design experts have joined the cause. The monthly Resolve meetings, held at Code Computer Love, sees some of the best tech brains in the city get together for pizza, drinks and hardcore coding. They come […]

Blog From Our Wonderful Raising Bee Volunteers

Street Support Network Resolve Evening 27th March 2018 Since the last Street Support Resolve Evening the weather has improved slightly, the evenings are lighter, giving everyone in the city a much needed boost. However many social factors remain constant and there is still the constant presence of homeless people on our streets needing help and […]

My Name is Johna Johnson.

An interview with Recovery Radio’s Johna Johnson about his story.   I’m a volunteer for Arch and have been for two years, and I am a co-facilitator at Unity.   I have been around services for over 30 years on and off mainly for mental health issues.   I have clashed with services at times, yet […]

Raising Bee 7 ???

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 […]

A Volunteer’s View

So, volunteering for homelessness organisations in Manchester. Is it all about ‘doing your bit’? In a way, yes. But it’s also about meeting new people, having a laugh, working as a team, getting some exercise, (trust me, a shift in a busy kitchen burns those cals) and mingling with the good people of Manchester who […]