I am running the Manchester Half Marathon in aid of Homes of Hope, who are backed by King’s Church in Greater Manchester. 

I moved in to Homes of Hope’s Wythenshawe home a year ago after becoming homeless and sleeping rough in Salford when I failed to complete a masters degree due to problems with addiction and mental health that I had not successfully addressed. It has been a busy and life changing year for me. Whilst here I have been able to complete a reduction (RAMP) and detox programme, 5 months community rehabilitation (DEAP), delivered a workshop in a local primary school (LAB project), courses in health and social care, counselling, social and employment skills (Focus & Fly), regularly attended twelve step mutual aid groups and started volunteering with an addiction treatment service. I have been able to regrow my family relationships, build a network of new friends in recovery and walk my sister down the aisle at her wedding. I can now start to get my confidence back and feel hopeful for the future. I have been able to get active in the local community and attend weekly exercise groups and Wythenshawe ParkRun every Saturday. Living in this Homes of Hope home has allowed me to do all these things.

A year ago I would break a sweat going to the local shops, since living here I have been able to run in a 10k and now enter this half marathon – the longest distance I will have travelled by foot!

As with most things I’ve left it a bit last minute, just under two weeks to go. Please consider donating generously so Homes of Hope can continue their great work. Any donations go fully to Homes of Hope via King’s Church in Greater Manchester.

To give to Nick’s fund via Just Giving you can see his page here:


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Manchester Christmas timetable

In order to get this information out, we are reposting this blog from the Street Support Website https://news.streetsupport.net

Over Christmas, many of the usual services are closed or run a limited service, so it can be difficult for people who are homeless to know where to get support over the holiday period.

We have gathered together the information from local services in one place to make it easier for someone who is homeless to know where they can go to get warm, have a meal, get support, advice and company.

You can help by downloading and printing the timetable to offer to anyone that you meet that is homeless and might need somewhere to go over Christmas and New Year.

Download the timetable here: McrChristmasTimetable2016 (*new version with map)

Many people who are homeless welcome human connection, so if you are nervous about starting a conversation, there are some tips here: How should i start a conversation with someone who is homeless?

Please also consider making a donation to support people to start the new year with a chance of a better life away from the streets through Big Change. All profits go directly to fund items that individuals need – from a deposit for a flat, to transport costs, furniture, clothes for an interview, or training courses. Find out more and donate at bigchangemcr.co.uk.




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October News – Video Update

It will probably come as no surprise to you that homelessness is on the increase – it has increased by 30% in the past year; with an estimated figure of 400,000 hidden homeless in the UK. There is no denying that there is currently a crisis in homelessness in Manchester at this time, and a critical need for more accommodation options, including supported housing.

We have two houses in the South of the city, where through the work provided by Homes of Hope we offer support too vulnerable and excluded people who either have been or are at risk of sleeping rough and homelessness.

Working with the full range of public services, we, as a church community, seek to develop the life skills, resilience and well-being of our residents so that they have the choice and opportunity of moving into work, education, training or volunteering. We are passionate about helping people realise their worth and their identity, that everyone has amazing gifts, talents and abilities; and our desire is to help our residents understand their potential and avoid becoming homeless again.

We are excited to announce that in September, we started employing Bev part time as a support worker, but we still very much rely on the church community across Manchester to volunteer in roles such as; gardening, marketing, befriending, mentoring, and fundraising. So, if you have some spare time, whether it be hours, or days, and can commit to a minimum period of 6 months then please get in touch.

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Breaking Down Barriers 2016

Our Breaking Down Barriers Gospel Concert has arrived again for the second time!

Coming in November is another evening that promises to carry good news, hope and encouragement through gospel music for all ages.

Our aim is to increase awareness of the dire homelessness situation in Greater Manchester whilst carrying a message of hope. Our heart is that everyone can be involved in transforming and affecting society through unity and love which crosses all barriers. Any profit from the concert will go to build the work of Homes of Hope as we look towards our next house.

Friday 25th November 2016

King’s Church, Sidney Street, Manchester, M17HB


Doors and Café open from 6:30PM



AMC Gospel Choir


AMC Gospel Choir was founded in Birmingham in 1993 by Audrey Mattis as a university project. They have been together ever since, adding to their Midlands base another group of extremely, talented singers based in the North-West of the country, when Audrey moved there over 15 years ago. They currently sing their unique style of jazzy-styled gospel and other popular styles across the year at a variety of private and public events. “We take our gospel to the people, whether they are expecting it or not…and then they fall in love with the music and begin to understand why we HAVE to sing praises unto God” says Audrey.

Lisa Burrell


Lisa immediately changes the atmosphere of a room. She is an infectious carrier of God’s presence , His heart and His joy. Lisa has written a number of social message songs designed to engage with a number of audiences and social dilemmas. Her messages are influenced by her passion in wanting to see positive progressive change within people’s lives.

Genetik Sessions Dancers


This Talented band of 5 dancers explore and express RnB and hip-hop. Sola (formerly from Square 1) coaches the group and brings out their potential and desire to dance

Lydia Nelson

Lydia is part of the Movement in Worship Collective and loves to dance in worship. Lydia currently takes ballet and contemporary dance classes.


FTW is a collection of individuals who love the Lord and come to share this freedom. Michael Mingoes heads Freedom To Worship. He loves to create an atmosphere where people can experience the power and freedom in the name of Jesus.

Jon & Ben

A two piece rap collective with an authentic hip hop and soul vibe. Passionate about the Gospel and music.


Standard (13+) – £8

Child (under 13) – £5

Buy tickets online here


Homelessness is a huge issue in Greater Manchester and here at Homes of Hope we have a heart to see this change. This concert is to raise awareness of homelessness that affects many people in our city all around us and offer hope as we come together to make a difference.

Stay tuned for the line up coming soon.

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New partnership with FareShare

FareShare Homes of Hope Partnership

We are really pleased to announce our new partnership with FareShare, a charity who work alongside large organisations and supermarkets to redistribute food that would have otherwise been thrown away and wasted.

As partners with FareShare, homes of hope now get a food parcel delivery each week consisting of food that is still in good condition but not being sold by a shop.

For more information on FareShare and to read about how it works, check out their website: FareShare.org.uk

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Wishlist for our second house

We now have the keys for our second Home of Hope; it is a 5-bed house in Baguley in Wythenshawe and will enable us to increase our capacity as a Church to love, support and help those we are seeking to reach who are homeless and vulnerable in our City.

We will be using 4 bedrooms in the new house to support men who live in the house and the fifth bedroom will act as a small office and meeting room for Gary and the volunteers who help at the house.

Thank you to everyone who has given to the purchase of this new house over the last year through our breakthrough offering and also through regular giving to all we are doing with Homes of Hope as a Church.

It’s been amazing to have members of King’s Church coming and giving their time to be a part of getting this house ready for new residents. If you are a tradesman and could help, then do please get in touch with us.

Wish List

We also have a wish list on Amazon of things that we need to buy to kit the house up ready for use. From beds to towels, please have a look and see if there’s anything that you could buy.

View the wish list here.

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Breaking Down Barriers

An uplifting gospel concert to raise awareness of Homelessness in Greater Manchester

Friday 2nd October 2015

King’s Church, Sidney Street, Manchester, M17HB


Doors and Café open from 6PM

Tickets are £8

with special offers for whole families.
Simply click the button below to go to buy your ticket.

Eventbrite - Breaking Down Barriers Concert

All profits go straight to the work of Homes of Hope.

Homelessness is a huge issue in Greater Manchester and here at Homes of Hope we have a heart to see this change. This concert is to raise awareness of homelessness that affects many people in our city all around us and offer hope as we come together to make a difference.


With performances from:

Manchester Inspirational Voices

Formally know as Manchester Sing Out Choir, Manchester Inspiration Voices remains one of the most popular community gospel choirs in the UK’s North West Region. The choir delivers at least 3 concerts a year and consistently perform songs that are refreshing, timeless and reflective. Their performances are moving and passionate regardless of origins or denomination. The strong voices and astounding musical arrangements on original and cover songs truly reflect their vision of joy and peace. This multi-cultural and cross-generational choir are united by a love of music, performance and God.

Here’s a snippet of them performing:


Michael Mingoes and the band carry a message of freedom. They have a heart for people to experience the presence and love of God through music.

Lisa Burrell

Lisa has been singing for over ten years and has travelled Europe singing gospel music. Lisa released two singles “Butterfly” and “Beauty for Ashes.” Now she excitingly embarks on a new part of her journey as she records her first album, to be released at the end of 2015.


Babz was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 in his final year at the University of Liverpool. He went through 6 cycles of R-CHOP and immune-chemotherapy. He shares his story of victory and hope through Hip Hop.


Sola and the dance crew from the Message Trust have a heart to see the lives of young people transformed as they impart their energy and life wherever they go.


Keziah is all about reaching people and touching hearts through ballet and contemporary dance.

Sophie & Dasha

As current students in the CAT scheme for advanced training in ballet and contemporary, they are dancers who love to express themselves through movement and music.

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