INCREASE OF THE HOMELESS IN MANCHESTER

THE NUMBER OF ROUGH SLEEPERS IN MANCHESTER HAS MORE THAN DOUBLED IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS!

The Department for Communities and Local Government released the 2016 figures for rough sleeping throughout England at the beginning of this year. The statistics provided a glimpse into the number of people sleeping rough in local authorities in England on any one night.

Homeless Link, a national membership charity for organisations working directly with people who become homeless in England, analysed the figures and have created comparisons of homelessness in areas of England throughout the past 5 years or so.

This link below will direct to an infographic displaying further facts and figures on homelessness in Manchester.

 

The data interestingly highlights the local areas that have seen the largest increases in rough sleeping compared with previous years. The city of Manchester is number 4 in the whole of England seeing the largest increase in homelessness from previous years.

According to the data, the amount of rough sleepers in Manchester alone has more than doubled within the last 5 years.

In 2012 there were 27 recorded rough sleepers around Manchester which has since increased to 78 rough sleepers around Manchester 5 years later.

(Video created by Street Support)

This vast increase in homelessness has obviously spurred an even bigger increase in the help, support and awareness of the homeless around the city.

For example, the Manchester based charity, The Booth Centre, help  people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and help them plan for and realise a better future.
They do this by providing advice to find accommodation, education, training and help to secure employment, free healthy meals, support in tackling issues with health and addiction, and creative activities to boost confidence and self esteem.

Over the last 12 months the Booth Centre has been able to get more homeless people than ever before off the streets and into new homes, to get more people back into work and to support more people to gain qualifications, improve their health and well-being and to start to believe that their lives can get better.

Amanda Croome, CEO of the Booth Centre.

 

 

 

Also, there are numerous other charities in and around Manchester who offer support, drop-ins, shelter and food.

The Salford Food Bank is another organisation who are a part of The Trussell Trust UK which helps out in the Manchester area  with those who are in need.  They help out by providing emergency food packages for local people in crisis.

Click this link to discover more facts about the food bank and the process of collecting and providing the food packages.

Here Mark Whittington, Salford Food Bank manager, talks about the types of people who are helped out by the food bank each week.

Mark Whittington, the food bank manager, said: We rely on donations from the public in supermarket checkout tills. We collect the food donations and bring them back to the food bank where we sort them out into packages for families to come and collect.

The people who visit our food banks must have been referred to us from one of our 80 partner agencies  around Manchester, where they will receive a food bank voucher which can be exchanged for 3 days of food.
Each week, as well as providing tea and cake, we also have advisors to talk to during the sessions from Salford CAB, should anyone need further support.
This map below displays the places you can visit if you are sleeping rough, struggling with homelessness or are just keen to get involved and find out more on how to help.

 

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