An uplifting evening to raise awareness of Homelessness in Greater Manchester
Saturday 6th October 2018
King’s Church, Sidney Street, Manchester, M17HB
Doors and Café open from 5:30PM
Adults are £10
Over 60’s + under 17’s are £5
Uunder 5’s are free
Simply click the button below to go to buy your ticket.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
A great way to raise money for Homes of Hope is to use Easy Fundraising. If you make your online purchases through the Easy Fundraising website or using the plug-in on your web browser, the shop that you buy from will make a small donation.
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
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.
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.