Currenlty, Greater Together Manchester is supporting people who are homeless through the pandemic in the following ways:
Working closely in partnership with a Miles Platting Church, GTM volunteers are helping prepare meals, sandwiches and cooking for people temporarily placed in Covid-19 accommodations (hotels etc). This project also supports those who may have had to isolate or shield during the pandemic.
Our volunteers are busy washing, sorting and preparing clothing for those people in most need of clothing through the pandemic and again, are unable to purchase clothing of their own.
Night Shelters (not active)
The GTMNS (Greater Together Manchester Night Shelters) were an incredible source of community spirit, dignity and respect for our guests who would have otherwise been rough sleeping. They also provided hot meals, clothing, activity, conversation and, of course, a bed for the night until they were able to support themselves. Sadly, due to the communal nature of the shelters, they are not considered safe to run in Greater Manchester due to Covid-19 and the high risk status of the virus. We will continue to review this situation regularly and update as things change.
GTM is working on weekly sessions to run in areas supporting those who have been temporarily accommodated. These sessions are not up and running yet but we hope to have them started soon.
If you are interested in supporting us in the active projects above, please get in touch with us by contacting the Homeless Services Manager, Craig.
IN GREATER MANCHESTER
Across Greater Manchester, 5,564 people are homeless – 1,804 of these individuals are in Manchester and 1,088 are in Salford – these are people who are either living on the streets or in temporary accommodation.* These figures do not include people who are termed the ‘hidden homeless’, people who are staying with friends or family, or who are ‘sofa surfing’.
Greater Manchester is also considered to be an eviction and repossession hotspot. This problem is highest in Manchester and Salford, with approximately 1 in 62 households are at risk of repossession or eviction.
The homelessness crisis is most obvious in Manchester City Centre, with people sleeping in doorways and under flyovers is a regular sight. Homelessness in Manchester City Centre has dramatically increased over the past 5 years. There are more rough sleepers visible on the city streets. There are more people accessing the support offered by day services such as the Booth Centre, Mustard Tree and Cornerstone. There are also many people accessing additional outreach projects such as Coffee4Craig.
THE GREATER TOGETHER MANCHESTER NIGHT SHELTER
The Greater Together Manchester Night Shelter is just one of the ways in which Greater Together Manchester has been working with churches and other partners to offer hospitality and shelter to rough sleepers.
For more information about volunteering opportunities at the GTM Night Shelter, see here,
If you are a referring agent and would like to make a referral, please see our information, here.
If you have further or more specific questions, contact our Coordinator, Craig.