Sleeping rough in Manchester
21 JUL 2016
Its tragic how many people are sleeping rough in our city; battling the cold, hunger and fear. Manchester city council has recently head counted people rough sleeping in the city centre and the figures have nearly doubled since last year. According to Homeless Link Manchester officially recognised 155 people as homeless in 2012. In 2015 Manchester assessed 559 homeless applications and recognised 219 people as officially homeless. Whilst homelessness is continuing to rise, resources to tackle the issue are depleting rapidly.
Here at Chapter 1 The Limes not only do we want to see change, we want to be instrumental in tackling the homeless crisis. Our vision is to journey with young vulnerable people by providing accommodation to Rough Sleepers, supporting their complex needs and teaching them life skills. We understand that many homeless people have no formal qualifications. We want to put an end to homelessness by teaching people how to live so they can obtain and maintain a property. We are the first Homeless hostel in Manchester to work with Young Rough Sleepers, by opening our Annex building to accommodate six rough sleepers in Manchester. We are establishing ‘The Hub’; an education centre for homeless people & the local Community. We are in the process of building 'The Hub' at the back of the house which will run a number of courses:
Tenancy Training, Employability, House Club, Gardening, Sports therapy and Healthy Eating. Integrating the Rough Sleepers into this environment of teaching, giving them a chance to step back into society. Working alongside groups such as Manchester City Council with whom we have formed a pilot ‘. Since January, Chapter 1 The Limes has accommodated fourteen rough sleepers many of which have been successfully integrated into the main house project. The residents have been given the opportunity to complete a variety of courses such as in house Tenancy Training, Money Management, Prince’s Trust and Sports Leadership.
Interview with a client:
Hello, I am a Young Rough Sleeper,
Before I moved to The Limes, life was very hard, I’m originally from Iran but fled the country because I was being persecuted due to my Christian faith . All of the churches were closed in my home Tehran. I contacted a church in UK for help. I man-aged to get a visa and came to England. The church in the UK helped me get the documents I needed. For six months I was homeless and I slept in churches I moved to Manchester. I was accepted at Cornerstone where I still volunteer. Coming to the Limes has been very good. I have been able to practice my faith learn English, shower and eat. I have a very good case worker and have made lots of friends. I am now on an ESOL College course and I’m hoping. At the start of April, Manchester City Council confirmed that the project has been extended for another twelve months. This is fantastic news, we all are really pleased and excited to know the project can help young Rough Sleepers
At the start of April, Manchester City Council confirmed that the project has been extended for another twelve months. This is fantastic news, we all are really pleased and excited to know the project can help young Rough Sleepers
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