A Bed Every Night is part of Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham’s bigger pledge to get rough sleepers off the streets and into homes.
The night shelter will be at Pomona Gardens in Old Trafford, which is a supported accommodation scheme run by Great Places. The former office will provide 10 camp beds, along with two bathrooms, a kitchen, TV room and a laundry.
Councils are only required to provide a shelter when temperatures drop to 0C or below. But the 10 councils of Greater Manchester have agreed with Andy Burnham that there will be a bed every night for rough sleepers between November and the end of March.
On top of our previous commitment of £50,000 into the Social Impact Bond, which is designed to get entrenched rough sleepers into homes and give them support with addiction and other health issues, we are committing a further £5,000 to help fund the A Bed Every Night initiative this winter.
The project needs volunteers to work alongside support workers between 8pm and 10pm on any day of the week. Volunteers can commit to just one day or multiple days during the winter months. The project also needs small donations of warm clothes, non-perishable food, towels, blankets and kitchen equipment.
Larry Gold, Acting Chief Executive, of Trafford Housing Trust said: “We are proud to be working closely with Andy Burnham and Great Places to support his pledge that every homeless person in this city is offered a bed for the night during the winter period.
“We want to ensure rough sleepers are not left out on the streets throughout the winter, and especially over the Christmas period and hope everyone will support the project with their time or through small donations.”
GM Mayor, Andy Burnham, said: “A Bed Every Night is a coherent plan to provide warmth, safety and food in the short term before working with individuals to help them into our existing homelessness projects: the Social Impact Bond (SIB) and Housing First.
“Reducing rough sleeping by providing respite leads to recovery for homeless people and, ultimately, reconnection with society.”
If you would like to volunteer or leave a donation, please contact Wendy Greenhalgh at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0161 912 4176.
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