Lifeshare meets the needs of Manchester’s most vulnerable people through three projects.
Most of Lifeshare’s time is spent on its flagship Crisis Assessment & Referral Diversity Service Project where we aim to assist young people in the city who are at risk of, or already suffering from, homelessness and sexual exploitation. We aim to provide the advice and support they need to overcome any barriers to reaching independence…
Lifeshare’s Christmas Project runs an ‘open house’ for 5-6 days to support people who are homeless or vulnerable and in particular need over the Christmas period. We provide: three hot meals a day; clothing and bedding; toiletries; a doctor, podiatrist and dentist on-site; and, most importantly, company and entertainment throughout the day.
Weekend Breakfast Project
Our Weekend Breakfast Project began with volunteers taking bacon sandwiches to rough sleepers on Sunday mornings. Now operating from more permanent accommodation, we provide a cooked breakfast (bacon, sausage, egg, beans, tomatoes), tea, coffee, cereal and toast to those who need it most – all free of charge.
Fighting Food Povety
At Lifeshare, we believe nobody in our city should go hungry. Our Weekend Breakfast Service has run for many years, and we have recently received support from Manchester City Council to provide emergency food parcels at the weekend when other services may be closed…
As part of Lifeshare’s CARDS Project, we have added a new stream that addresses the service users’ needs for expression through creativity, be that in the form of drawing, writing, collage or any other artistic activity. We believe in allowing people to have a creative experience of…
Criminal Justice Project
Led by Julie Boyle with the support of Yvonne Thorne. Young people who are or are at risk of becoming offenders need support breaking the cycle of re-offending behaviour, to do this they need:
- Help understanding their rights and responsibilities.
- Support upon arrest, at court and during their time in custody.
- Help re-settling in the community, retaining safe and suitable accommodation, claiming the correct benefits or suitable employment.
- Support seeking advice and treatment for physical and/or mental health issues.
- Help establishing positive behaviour and attitudes.
- Our Criminal Justice project provides clients with explanations of the terms of their license to enable them to comply, a support worker to act as appropriate adult at the police station as well as accompany to court and provide or support probation appointments. Also, staff will make accommodation referrals and support benefit and job applications.