Category Archives: chorlton

Fun Ways to Change Ways, Gain Praise and Fundraise!


by Ellie Murphy As we all know, the past few months have been a bit of a whirlwind! Down at the Reach Out to The Community headquarters, however, we have been offering non-stop support for the homeless sector, whilst also coming up with innovative ways to raise money during lockdown. Last month, the charity’s efforts and perseverance through this hard time were recognised as we were honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This week we will be celebrating […]

Reach Out Get a Move On, whilst you get your groove on!


Ellie Murphy Since mid-March, Reach Out To The Community, along with many other Chorlton establishments, has been closed. Despite our staff working endlessly behind the scenes, helping the homeless and vulnerable people within the community, we have really missed our doors being open to anyone and everyone – from our regular visitors and supporters coming to chat about our existing projects, people making donations or customers popping in for a good rummage to find some great bargains. Last weekend was […]

Reaching Out Online!


By Ellie Murphy For those who are not familiar with the Reach Out To The Community Charity Shop located in the heart of Chorlton, our doors are always open for a browse and a chat about our local projects with one of our friendly staff members or volunteers. We are ever so grateful for the influx of donations we usually receive full of quirky gems from branded clothing, unique brik-a-brac, collectable toys, books, DVDS and much more. Since COVID-19 became […]

A volunteer’s view


Emma Garside shares her experience of volunteering to help homeless people – including working in our shop! It’s been a year since I joined the homeless volunteering groups in Manchester and what an eye opener it has been! I went into it quite naively and uneducated that “surely because there were so many people on the streets nothing must be being done.” I can’t begin to tell you how wrong I was. In the past 12 months I’ve moved from walking […]

How to help homeless people


Most homeless charities – ourselves included – don’t recommend giving money directly to people begging on the street. It has nothing to do with any judgement about how that money might be spent. Life on the streets is dangerous and extremely bad for physical and mental health – the average life expectancy for a rough sleeper is just 47 years. By giving money, you’re keeping people on the streets: they’re vulnerable, they’re preyed upon and don’t always feel able to break free and find the help […]

Chorlton vs Homelessness


We’ve seen an increase in homelessness and street begging in Chorlton. Can we can work together as a community to tackle the issues? We all agree that seeing people begging on our streets is distressing: it’s criminal that a modern society can seem to be leaving so many people behind. A recent study by housing charity, Shelter, found that one in 154 people in Manchester is homeless. The big solutions to the homelessness crisis may be political, but practical help […]

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