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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Meet Stephanie Moore


Our Steph spoke to Open Up Magazine’s Deborah Grace about the work we do at Reach Out to the Community.  How did you get started? Becky and I ran Elliott’s greengrocer’s together in Chorlton Precinct. We used to give veg to the chefs who were cooking up food to give out on the streets. Then the shop became a drop-off point and an unofficial drop-in, because all the lads who were sleeping rough would just come in to us. It became […]

Our Community Hub – Two Years and Counting!


We’ve had amazing support from the community since that 1st day we opened the Community Hub on Wilbraham Road, Chorlton on 7th July 2017. We didn’t really have a plan other than opening the charity shop to sustain the work ROC were already doing. But more specifically ROC was started as we wanted to be able to support and help get people off the streets. We felt that we needed to offer something more than a meal after we’d spent […]