October 10th is marked around the globe as World Homelessness Day. In the lead-up to this, we have been sharing some of the many amazing partner organisations we work with throughout the city. Homelessness is not an issue that can be solved by one person, rather it is something that takes teamwork and determination to combat. Lifeshare regularly works with these organisations, and more, to help us best support our vulnerable young people and ensure they receive the best possible outcomes. We also signpost attendees of our Breakfast Project which is open to all ages to help them access the best support and engage with services that can assist them after we’ve provided a hot meal and dry clothes. As a culmination of this sharing, we wanted to do a round-up of some of these services to help people refer back to in the coming months. This is not an exhaustive list, there are many groups we haven’t been able to feature this year who do amazing work both in partnership with Lifeshare and as their own groups.
- Crisis support for vulnerable young people 16-25
- Weekend Breakfast Project – free to all comers every Saturday and Sunday from 7-9am at the Nexus Art Cafe on Dale Street. This project is staffed by volunteers.
- The Manchester Digital Collective – A digital inclusion initiative that not only provides devices and data, but also provides courses to help build digital skills and engage with services
- The Christmas Project – Manchester’s ONLY seven day Christmas provision with hot meals, medical care, holiday gifts, and access to showers, clean clothes, and companionship. This project is staffed by volunteers.
- Cookery Schools and Forages
- Community outreach programs
- Campaigning to allow and empower people across Greater Manchester to be able to cook delicious, nutritious, affordable food from scratch
- Barnabus empower and equip people experiencing homelessness back into independent living and a home through street outreach, support centre, healthcare, and a resettlement tenancy scheme. Their support team include NHS nurses, engagement and caseworkers providing meaningful one to one support and trauma informed care. Barnabus help with accommodation, recovery from addictions, safeguarding, and supporting physical and mental health needs. They enable and equip people with the life skills they need and encouragement to succeed at independent living.
- Change Grow Live Manchester offers drug and alcohol support to both adults and young people in Manchester who are affected by their own or somebody else’s substance use. This support could be in the form of a brief intervention or a structured treatment programme, in which they can provide substitute prescribing and community detox if suitable.
- CGL also has a Street Outreach Team, who work hard to support rough sleepers who are struggling with their drug or alcohol use. They undertake regular outreach throughout the week and work closely with agencies such as Greater Manchester Police, Coffee 4 Craig, and Reach Out to ensure rough sleepers have access to a variety of care and support options.
- Alongside this, Change Grow Live Manchester offers free needle exchange, free professional drug and alcohol training, naloxone and training on how to use it, BBV testing and treatment, and much more!
- Charity Shop in Chorlton – Donations needed and volunteer-run.
- Accepting donations of clothing, ornaments, books, kitchenware, DVDs, music, computer games, and furnishings.
- Frontline support and outreach for rough sleepers
- Nourish – Food Security programme. Nourish run low-cost food clubs in Salford and are expanding to Bury. This project depends on food donations.
- Narrowgate Next Stage Housing – Provides support for the homeless or those formerly homeless through resettlement and supported housing.
- Narrowgate Support Hub – Offers support and advice for those who need practical or emotional support.
- Operation Joy – taking place on the streets of Manchester Operation Joy reaches out to people at their point of need. Through this, they signpost rough sleepers to relevant organisations to receive practical support. They look for volunteers to assist in this outreach.
- Restart – offers non-judgemental support to sex workers. Drop-in centre in Oldham each Friday from 10am to 2pm.
- Dawn Project – giving care home residents a time of social singing and music. Working with elderly adults including those with dementia, learning difficulties and mental health concerns, to improve their wellbeing.
- Mustard Tree runs Community Shops in Ancoats, Eccles and Little Hulton offering access to low-cost food through the food club, clothing, and household essentials such as furniture, pots, and pans. They run structured volunteer programmes through which clients can get involved in the enterprise side of Mustard Tree to help them run successful charity shops, furniture collection/distribution, a professional kitchen, and also a metals recycling and flat clearance project in Salford. They also support their clients into tenancies and help them engage with creative activities to help build confidence and self-expression skills.
- Ancoats Hub: 110 Oldham Road M4 4AG10AM-2PM, Monday – Friday
- Eccles Hub: 15 Southway Manchester M30 0LJ10AM-2PM, Monday-Wednesday and Fridays
- Little Hulton Hub: 50 Hulton District Centre Worsley M28 0AU10AM-2PM, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
- Coffee4Craig is a homelessness provision that is open every single evening. They are open 6 pm – 8 pm in the week and 5 pm – 7 pm at the weekend. They provide a home-cooked meal, access to a medic, a shower, advice & signposting, a barbering service, and a team of friendly compassionate faces to support guests.
- Location: The Meanwhile, 153 Great Ducie Street, Manchester M3 1FBS
- MASH stands with women who sex work and helps them to experience good health, safety, and emotional wellbeing. They support these women in many ways:
- They have a welcoming and non-judgemental drop-in centre on Fairfield Street, Manchester city centre
- Bringing MASH to you via their street outreach team and MASH van
- In-house clinic run by a registered nurse
- One to one support from a friendly MASH caseworker to help with anything from setting up a bank account, to reporting a crime, to booking a health appointment
- Free workshops at drop-in to develop your creative side
- Free practical items like condoms, lube and personal attack alarms
- The Men’s Room is an arts and social support charity that works creatively to empower young men and Trans people aged 18-30. They support male sex workers and those from the LGBT community. They offer opportunities to get involved in high-quality arts projects whilst accessing one-to-one support for challenges they face in their everyday lives.
- Salford Loaves and Fishes is an open-door drop-in centre for anyone over the age of 18. At Salford Loaves and Fishes people will find a relaxed supportive environment, working closely with other agencies such as the Citizens Advice Bureau, Salford Housing, Benefits Agency, and other local services.
- A daily meal service takes place Monday to Friday 10am-2pm.
- Support workers are onsite to support people with any issues that they may be facing in their lives.
- Onsite health provision provided by GP’s and Nurses of the Salford GP Inclusion service.
- Activities and groups such as Art, Gardening, Employability, ESOL courses, and IT as part of their dedicated Skills for Life Centres. The project is open 9am-3pm Monday to Friday and all services are free of charge.
- Salford Food Bank on Tuesdays and Fridays as well as distributing food parcels to people in need.
- Other services are available such as clothing, showers, laundry.