Helping homeless and vulnerable people across Greater Manchester

Lifeshare is a voluntary organisation established to help meet the needs of homeless and vulnerable people in Manchester and Salford. The first point of contact is with people on the streets, offering practical assistance, support and information. From this point we offer continued assistance that enables people to secure suitable accommodation, support them in maintaining their tenancies, and help them to access initiatives that carry their lives forward.

Our objectives

  • To identify street homelessness and offer assistance in obtaining emergency accommodation, signposting other relevant agencies and information for support
  • To alleviate aspects of poverty and hardship through redistribution of resources
  • To assist people to access Primary Health Care and to promote health and harm reduction

Since 1984

Lifeshare is Manchester’s oldest charity dedicated to supporting homeless and vulnerable people in Greater Manchester. Established in 1984 by a group of volunteers who recognised the lack of support for the city’s increasing number of rough sleepers and Lifeshare began. In the following decades, Lifeshare initiatives would become fundamental to the efforts in tackling homelessness in Manchester.

Adapting to the needs of the city

Lifeshare has evolved as the needs of Manchester’s most vulnerable people have changed over the past four decades. We started by providing food to rough sleepers from a burger van before pioneering sexual health support and needle exchanges for sex workers. The last decade has seen Lifeshare at the forefront of the fightback against Spice and leading the way in supporting young people with complex needs.

Support for anyone that needs it

We believe that all people regardless of race, creed, sexuality, gender, age, level of ability or HIV status are entitled to respect and dignity and should be afforded equal opportunities. We are a non-religious organization and have no political affiliations.