Evicted soup kitchen finds a new home at Limelight

A soup kitchen that was forced to leave its building last month after 30 years has found a new home at Limelight, a unique community hub in Old Trafford.

by Communications | 18/03/19

A soup kitchen that was forced to leave its building last month after 30 years has found a new home at Limelight, a unique community hub in Old Trafford.

Lifeshare feeds hundreds of rough sleepers in Manchester city centre and is the only project to provide breakfasts at the weekends and open on Christmas day.

For decades, the facility has been based at the Charter Street Mission, which first opened its doors in the 1860s to provide free meals, clothing and education. However, the mission's trustees said the charity must leave because the city-centre building is being redeveloped.

Trafford Housing Trust, which owns Limelight, has stepped in to offer a new base, so the charity can continue to be a lifeline for homeless people in the city. The first breakfasts were served this weekend.

Trafford Housing Trust’s Acting CEO, Larry Gold, said: “When we saw the story of Lifeshare being evicted from the building that has been its home for decades, we had to step in with the offer of support. Lifeshare is the only charity that gives those sleeping on the streets a hot breakfast at the weekend. Without it, hundreds of homeless people could be going hungry. That’s not acceptable to us.”

The support for Lifeshare forms part of THT’s wider commitment to support Andy Burnham’s pledge to end street homelessness – this includes THT’s role as a funder and key partner in the ‘Entrenched Rough Sleepers Social Impact Bond’ which is providing homes and support services, and our support for the A Bed Every Night project, which provides bed during winter.

Limelight is a £20million hub that combines over 55s extra-care apartments with state-of-the-art community facilities. It also has an on-site health suite, library, pharmacy, opticians, hair and beauty hub, café and nursery, which are all open to the public and residents.

Limelight recently won two awards at the 2018 Inside Housing Development awards – Best Older People’s Housing Development and Best Affordable Housing Development. It also received a highly commended in the Best Residential Development category.

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