Category Archives: homelessness

My First Month with Reach Out


My name is Alison (Ally to my friends) I started as Project Manager with ROC, a month ago. What a month it has been! I thought I would write this to introduce myself to you and also give you a little insight into how my first month has been.  I  have been in the homeless sector for 10 years, working on various projects with a number of organisations (as both volunteer and staff member) including the winter night shelters, a community food […]

Behind the Scenes at our Food Bank


A NEW FILM! Coronavirus has made life hard for so many people in Manchester. We’ve been busy all summer, working with the Church of the Apostles in Miles Platting as part of the city’s emergency food response network. This film is a behind-the-scenes look at what we’ve been doing: cooking hot meals for rough sleepers in temporary accommodation, and providing food parcels for people who need extra help.   Find out about what we have – and what we need […]

Reaching out Further with the Rev Ellie Trimble and the Church of the Apostles


On Saturday 4th July I visited an unassuming church in the middle of a housing estate. This is the epicentre for providing meals to the hotels that house the homeless during this pandemic. It is a well-organised operation, where everybody has their own job to do. The work is carried out by staff from Reach Out to the Community and the Church of the Apostles,  with around 18 volunteers, including professional chefs that have been furloughed from their day jobs. All the […]

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service


We’ve had some AMAZING news!  Reach Out to the Community has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK – it’s the equivalent of an MBE! We’re one of 230 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations remains high year on year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better […]

When Life Gives You Lemons….


  by Ellie Murphy Despite our lively Reach Out To The Community Shop being closed for over three weeks now, there is still an incredible amount of work being done for the community behind closed doors, due to the CO-VID 19 pandemic. As everyone knows, this has been a massive shock nationwide, however our team, volunteers and the community have demonstrated a fantastic response to the outbreak to support the homeless sector more so than ever before. The ever-popular independent […]

Reaching Further


By Linsey Parkinson A government announcement that local authorities should house all rough sleepers hasn’t ‘fixed’ the problem of homelessness, even temporarily. People are still on the streets and at risk and Reach Out to the Community’s Stephanie Moore (above, second from the right) has found that the team is busier than ever. “There are still lots of rough sleepers out there and it’s down to a combination of issues,” she says. “We’re doing regular outreach and welfare checks and referring as many people indoors as we can, but finding someone […]

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 […]