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Greater Together Manchester's Winter Night Shelter

Since 2010 the number of people sleeping rough in Manchester has increased 10 fold. Around 95% of single people who find themselves homeless are not eligible for statutory support and the large majority of these people are male.  

Winter is a particularly challenging time to be experiencing homelessness. We are proud to support this fantastic project, run by Greater Together Manchester, which is provding overnight shelter and support for homeless men throughout winter 2016/2017. The shelter is operating for 6 months via 5 churches that are all within 2 miles of Manchester City Centre. The shelter is open to all and supports 12 men at any given time.

People can experience homelessness for a whole range of reasons.

Colin's* Story

Colin joined the shelter in November 2016.  Colin’s relationship had recently ended and he had lost his job, as a result he ended up sleeping rough. Looking at Colin, you would never have thought he was homeless – he was always well dressed. Colin flourished in the shelter – he got stuck into every activity and was always willing to help the volunteers with their tasks. He took on an informal mentor role, supporting new guests in settling in and helped other guests who were unfamiliar with Manchester find their way. 

After two months at the shelter, Colin secured his own one bedroom flat near the city centre. He also recieved a grant from the Big Change for new furniture.  Colin is now applying for jobs and, within one week of leaving the shelter, he applied to be a volunteer. Colin is now volunteering regularly each week and is valued member of our team and community. 

* Names have been changed to respect individual's privacy 

Winter Night Shelter

Volunteer and guest