_They also have a support office offering help with accommodation, benefits, training and support back into employment. The charity's collaborative Allotment and ReNu Up-cycling furniture projects provide engaging activities and employable skills, and a mentoring service for prisoners due for release takes place at HMP Manchester and HMP Buckley Hall, and is designed to reduce the risk of ex-prisoners re-offending. The charity is not government funded so relies on the generosity of people and local businesses for support. _
Did you know...
- Barnabus receives referrals from homeless charity Shelter, as well as: the police, agencies supporting victims of abuse or crime, citizens advice bureau, drug and alcohol services, the council and more.
- The charity first came about thanks to one man who 25 years ago began giving out sandwiches to the homeless.
- The charity has been visited by Evander Holyfield the World Champion Boxer.
- The Bishop of Manchester David Walker volunteered in a Barnabus kitchen and served food to the homeless.
- The charity's founders attend the Queens charity garden parties, and Barnabus holds the Queens award for Voluntary Services.
- Their first vehicle was a double decker bus!
- They are partners of Business in the Community and recently won an Impact Award.
- Barnabus service users once took part in a My Manchester Photography project winning a place in an exhibition.
- They take people to hospital and visit them in hospital and prison - because relationships and support matters
- Their expertise and advice is sought by other charities working with the homeless in the UK.
What makes Barnabus Manchester different
Barnabus is unique because they support the highest number of rough sleepers in the city and are currently providing over 300 people with one to one support i.e. acting as a care of address, helping with benefits, accommodation, healthcare, budgeting, addictions. They also offer mentoring support to ensure people who have been homeless but aren't any more are equipped to keep their new homes, look for work, retain jobs/training etc. They also go out onto the streets to meet with the homeless and encourage them to engage with Barnabus.
Other ways to support
"This year, Barnabus celebrates 25 years of life changing support to the homeless. We are appealing for 25 companies, groups or churches to support us throughout the year and make a difference together. You can help us through fundraising; holding your own event or fundraiser or joining in with one of ours. You can also volunteer; corporate and individual. Donate a monthly amount to us in support of our work. We welcome gifts in kind and pro bono gifts from supporting companies. We welcome prayer and appreciate any opportunities for raising awareness of our work."