Big Change MCR: Share the message and volunteer

The Big Change MCR campaign launched last year to share ways people can help the homeless and rough sleepers in Manchester.

CityCo and Manchester BID support the initiative as part of Street Support– a network of people experiencing homelessness, charities, voluntary groups and businesses who are all working together to help end homelessness.

The central message is ‘Give Differently’. Instead of direct donations on the street, Big Change is about helping individuals build independent lives away from the streets by offering practical services, items and money to pay for things that are needed. For example a deposit for a home, a training course, clothes for a job interview, furnishing for a new flat, or travel costs.

Follow @streetsupportUK  #BigChangeMCR to keep up to date with help needed, donations and please share the message.


Help is needed at the many charities and organisations working daily to support homeless people in Manchester. Apply here.

Promotional Film

Manchester creative agency Dinosaur has produced a short film to highlight the ways people can support Big Change. The video is voiced by Elbow front man Guy Garvey. Watch and please share.

Money Raised

£112,000 has been raised so far, with £62,000 distributed and 418 individuals helped.

New Posters

A new poster set illustrates how donations are being spent to help people. Please share the Big Change campaign message with your staff teams. Download here.

Social Media GIFs

A set of animated promotions show how Big Change MCR micro-funds are being spent, for example on new shoes, accommodation for the night or bus tickets. Please share via your social channels.