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Manchester Homelessness Partnership
CityCo and Manchester BID are members of The Manchester Homelessness Partnership. The MHP is a network of people experiencing homelessness, Manchester homeless charities, voluntary groups and businesses who are all working together to tackle the problem.
Partners include The Bishop of Manchester, Wood Street Mission, Riverside Housing, The Booth Centre, Lifeshare, Coffee4Craig, Mustard Tree, The Men’s Room, Barnabus, Manchester Action on Street Health, Back on Track, Boaz Trust, On the Out, MACC, JustLife, Reach Out to the Community, Greater Together Manchester.
The MHP Guide for Businesses includes information and guidance for people working with people who are homeless and sleeping-rough, ideas to consider in certain situations, and more about the different forms of homelessness and how to help.
For more information about The Manchester Homelessness Partnership, please email CityCo’s Partnership Director Alex King.
BigChangeMCR is Manchester’s campaign to share ways the public can help the homeless and rough sleepers in Manchester.
Instead of direct donations on the street, Big Change MCR is about helping individuals build 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, training course, personal care, or travel costs.
BigChangeMCR is overseen by The Manchester Homelessness Partnership. View the team members.
See below for the latest ‘Think Big’ creative and below/to the right for a poster download.
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Street Support app
The Street Support app is an online tool that sets out ways people can help homeless people in Manchester.
People can find local support services that are working to meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness and can offer help via the app, as a citizen or a business. The app directs users to donations of time, money and resources.
St John’s Homelessness Initiative
The St John’s Manchester Homelessness Initiative is a joint commitment from all organisations involved in the St John’s Manchester property development including Allied London, Laing O’Rourke, McLaren, DWP, Riverside, Adept Corporate Services, Bruntwood, GMCA and All+ Management.
All have pledged to contribute towards ending homelessness through awareness-raising, inclusive employment and fundraising.
The initiative is a collaboration between the developers, construction contractors, supply-chain organisations, CityCo, City Council, BigChangeMCR, Street Support, charities and people who have personal experience of homelessness.
Representing Homelessness in the Media
CityCo has pledged to support the MHP in trying to improve how homelessness is represented in the media.
The causes of homelessness are complex and often are the result of structural factors. Without public understanding of the extent of homelessness in the UK and the myriad of causes, the sensationalised approach often seen in the media has a damaging impact and slows down the institutional reform that is needed for change.
Rough sleeping is just the tip of the iceberg, but accounts for the vast majority of media coverage related to homelessness, and this can cause problems off camera for the people involved who despite often being in a vulnerable position are not afforded additional legal or safeguarding protections.