"Homelessness is not a lifestyle choice"

 

 


 

   

    

 

 

STREET UNITED is Manchester's asylum seeker-led project responding to street homelessness.

 

Manchester has been identified as the region's "homeless hotspot". Nearly 4000 people are now homeless and almost 2000 people are living in temporary accommodation or are street-homeless.

Anybody who lives, works or travels through Manchester cannot have failed to spot the large rise in street-homelessness over recent years. Additionally, many people who become homeless not showing up in the official figures. This is known as hidden homelessness. This includes people who become homeless but find temporary or partial solutions by staying at friends and family, living in squats or other insecure accommodation. According to homeless charity "Crisis", approximately 62% of single homeless people are hidden and may not show up in official figures.

During periods of extreme weather, people are at their most vulnerable. When temperatures drop, many people sleeping rough will drink alcohol or take substances to help them get off to sleep in the cold. This has many ramifications for their body and its ability to regulate temperature. In these times, street-homeless people are at high risk of hypothermia, and it is our desire to ensure that we can help in a small way.

"We all face the consequences when so many grow up without a place to call home. It breaks up communities and destroys family life" (Manchester homeless person)

Prime Minister Theresa May, in response to the homeless crisis, expressed concern about the "burning injustice of the difference in life expectancy between the richest and the poorest in society (which) needs tackling"

The causes and contributors to the current homeless crisis in Manchester are multiple and complex.

  • Poverty,
  • Unemployment,
  • Lack of affordable housing,
  • Poor physical and mental health,
  • Drug and alcohol misuse,
  • Gambling addiction,
  • Family and relationship breakdown,
  • Domestic violence
  • Physical or sexual abuse,
  • Immigration status,
  • Unmanageable private sector pre-rental conditions,

 

Many of us may share some of these characteristics and might be at risk of homelessness at any time.

Street United:

This initiative aims to meet an immediate need through providing a warm drink, a clean pair of socks or a hat or through sign-posting some of the street homeless people to other services available in the city, including homeless-friendly GP practices that we have identified.

STREET UNITED is Manchester's asylum seeker-led project responding to street homelessness.

We have started this project in 2016. We run on a not for profit basis through personal donations and endeavour. We work on a rotational basis, currently the project is organised via a small core group of three, one project manager and two project coordinators plus a number of volunteer participants.

The project coordinators and volunteers try, as appropriate, to connect with every street homeless person who comes into contact with Street United and establish why they are sleeping rough and what barriers they may have faced in accessing mainstream services. The coordinators also share their own challenges and successes in accessing healthcare, housing etc. with homeless people who are facing similar situations.

"Despite limited financial resources, our strength is our commitment to work directly with street homeless people to make sure that we play our part in supporting our community."

 

 

Asylum seeker-led initiative to provide warm drinks and seasonal clothing for rough sleepers in Manchester.

 

 Together we can make an impact on all the forgotten citizens of Manchester.

                                              

You may donate your NEW surplus unwanted hats, scarf and gloves.

 

The winter months are the most difficult time of the year for people who are homeless. They spend a lot of time outdoors and are exposed to the elements. We all put on a coat, hat, scarf, gloves, a warm pair of socks every winter morning with hardly a thought, but for homeless people, these items are often a luxury.

 

By participating in the STREET UNITED initiative we not only help keep our community's rough -sleepers warmer this winter, but we also show that "We Are All In It Together" during this most difficult time of the year.

 

 

 

 

Coffee4Craig

 

Sunday 3-6 pm Static Soup kitchen & Walking soup run located at the back of Manchester cathedral bottom of Dean's Gate & Manchester City Centre…Medic and advice on site.

Monday 7-9 pm Static Soup kitchen & Walking soup run located at the back of Manchester cathedral bottom of Dean's Gate& Manchester City Centre…Medic and advice on site.

Tuesday 7-9 pm Static Soup kitchen & Walking soup run located at the back of Manchester cathedral bottom of Dean's Gate& Manchester City Centre…Medic and advice on site.

Sunday 3.30 pm Static Soup kitchen & Walking soup run located at the back of Manchester cathedral bottom of Dean's Gate& Manchester City Centre…Medic and advice on site.

Thursday Mornings, 10.15 - 1.45pm term time only, working with and supporting Chatsworth High School, DofE Award.

Every Thursday morning during term time you can find us delivering donated items, sorting through food parcels, organising and collecting items to hand out on the weekends. We do this in conjunction with Chatsworth High School, in support of Lifeshare

Friday 2pm Dental Surgery, Cheetham Hill sit and wait.

With the great support of a local dentist we are able to offer this service please contact Hendrix Lancaster on 07543 590330 for info and details.

Ongoing…

We constantly collect clothing, food, snacks and are actively raising funds. We have local drop off points and can collect locally, contact us for more details.

Email: office@coffee4craig.co.uk for more info.

Hendrix Lancaster & Risha plus some volunteers are always working with and supporting rough sleepers to attend appointments, gain access to services and find the right help for them to make life better for them.

For more info on the work we do in Manchester please contact:

Hendrix Lancaster on 07543 590 330 or Risha on 07973 955 003

http://www.coffee4craig.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/Coffee4Craig

 

1.The Beacon Drop-In Centre

Our Beacon Drop-in Centre is situated in the heart of Manchester city centre. It provides a sanctuary, a place of peace and refuge. It is open 5 days and 5 evenings. Opening in the evening is a particularly innovative approach for a drop-in facility and we are one of very few in the North West to do so.

We offer food, clean clothing, blankets, hot showers and dignity/toiletry packs.

The Beacon Drop-In Centre
45 Bloom Street (behind Chorlton Street Bus Station), Manchester M1 3LY, Manchester, England. M1 3LY

http://www.barnabus-manchester.org.uk/

 

2.The Booth Centre

 

Drop in Monday to Thursday, 9.00am - 12.00pm.

Drop in Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9.00am - 10.00am.

The Booth Centre
Manchester Cathedral
Victoria Street
Manchester, M3 1SX
Phone: 0161 835 2499

  • Free hot drinks & sandwiches
  • Advice available
  • Open door policy - anyone is welcome to attend
  • The Centre's garden is open 9.00am - 10.00am Monday to Friday

3.Young Person's Support Foundation 

Manchester City Centre Project

Resource centre for young people aged 16 - 25.

52 Oldham Street
Manchester, M4 1LE
Phone: 0161 228 7655 or 228 7654

  • Morning drop-in Monday - Friday 10.00am - 12.00pm
  • Afternoon drop-in everyday (except Wednesday) 1.30pm - 3.00pm
  • Free breakfast, access to showers, essential toiletries provided

4.Lifeshare Weekend Breakfast Project

Breakfast Club every Saturday and Sunday from 7.00am - 9.00am

Free cooked breakfasts & food parcels available throughout the year.

Charter Street Mission
142 Dantzic Street
Manchester, M4 4DN
Phone: 0161 235 0744

5.Lifeshare Streetwork & Outreach Project

  • Help people sleeping rough to access emergency accommodation & link into other services
  • Support anybody at risk of homelessness or exploitation
  • Provide food parcels

1st Floor, 27 Houldsworth Street
Manchester, M1 1EB
Phone: 0161 235 0744

6.Lifematters/Counted In

Services to people sleeping rough in Manchester

Drop in 9.30am - 12.30pm and 12.30pm - 4.00pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Drop in 1.30pm - 3.45pm, Monday to Thursday.

Drop in Friday, 9.30am - 12.30pm.

14 -16 Swan Street
Manchester
Phone: 0161 835 5921

7.Manchester City Mission

Drop-in centre Monday to Friday 10.00am - 4.00pm.

Windsor Drop-In Centre
Churchill Way
Salford, M6 5BU
Phone: 0161 737 8775
Manchester City Mission website

  • Toilets, showers, and laundry facilities
  • Access to doctor, dentist, nurse, and hairdresser can be arranged at the drop-in sessions
  • Subsidised breakfast & lunches

8.Cornerstone Day Centre

Drop-in 10.30am - 4.00pm Monday to Friday.

104 Denmark Road
Hulme
Manchester
Phone: 0161 232 8888

  • Free tea, coffee and toast in the morning/soup and bread in the afternoon
  • Cheap meals, free showers, & clothing
  • Laundry facilities
  • Benefits and housing advice

9.Winter shelters in Manchester

Manchester City Mission

Narrowgate Night Shelter

Overnight shelter for homeless people on a night-by-night basis, seven days a week, all year round (free basic meal and breakfast provided).

People are taken on a 'referral only' basis.

Windsor Drop In Centre
Churchill Way
Salford, M6 5BU
Phone: 0161 736 7959
Agency referrals - Manchester City Mission website

10.The Boaz Trust

Provide winter shelters for up to 12 destitute, male asylum seekers at a variety of church locations across Manchester.

People are taken on a 'referral only' basis.

First Floor, 110 Oldham Road
Ancoats
Manchester, M4 6AG
Phone: 0161 202 1056

 

For further details please contact STREET UNITED COORDINAORS:               

Mohsen Sadeghinejad:07575959929  Maral Assadzadeh: 07397046677 

  Esmaeil Freydoni Kondri: 07428428296