Category: Ex-offenders

Neil gets a second chance

After a childhood spent in care, Neil began living alone at a young age. Without support, guidance, and love, he became homeless. He sofa surfed for more than two years,… Read more »

Having a bed is ‘icing on the cake’

Former homeless person Clive in his new bedroom after resettlement

Clive* never expected to lose his home, business, and family. He worked for 33 years of his life, including running his own business for 13 years. But both he and his… Read more »

Christmas in hostels across the country

Railway Road homeless hostel residents enjoy Christmas presents, Boxing day activities, Xmas dinner and decorations Your donations helped to make Christmas a lot brighter for more than 1,000 homeless people in schemes across England. A member of support staff described Christmas at a homelessness hostel... Read more »

Zurich support young homeless people

GROW (Giving Real Opportunities for Work) trainees in a kitchen chatting

Giving Real Opportunities for Work (GROW) apprenticeships support vulnerable homeless people into work. GROW apprenticeships train young people with lived experience of homelessness to support their peers. A new apprenticeship… Read more »

Frequently Asked Questions about homelessness

The Homeless Outreach & Support Team (HOST) is managed by Riverside Care & Support

Why are people homeless? Overall, the most common reason for becoming homeless is the end of a tenancy. Another common reason is relationship breakdown between family members. Further reasons include… Read more »

Mountains to climb

Snowden 2 2017

Residents at the Park View service are all in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. They come from backgrounds that include homelessness, prison, and mental health units. Some have experienced… Read more »

What you did for homeless people at Christmas

SASH project in Manchester - Christmas Day 2017

On Christmas Day, your donations reached and comforted more than 1,000 homeless people across England. They were given wonderful gifts, surprises, and meals to combat what can be a difficult… Read more »

A taste of independence

Ex-offenders, especially young adults, often lack basic life skills such as cooking and budgeting.

Ex-offenders, especially young adults, often lack basic life skills such as cooking and budgeting. They may also have problems with reading and writing. On top of this, many prisoners have… Read more »

Manchester volunteers have amazing impact

Simon O'Brien pictured with Riverside's Chief Executive Carol Matthews A service in Manchester that provides support to recovering addicts and ex-offenders trying to resettle in the area has rewarded several of its volunteers for their impact on the people... Read more »

Growing support in Manchester

Gate Buddies image

Church Housing Trust was recently able to host a moving event with their patron the Bishop of Manchester. Church Housing Trust donors and local church representatives came to an evening meal on… Read more »

Help for ex-offenders in Manchester

Gate Buddies

Church Housing Trust is proud to fund the Gate Buddies project, which supports ex-offenders in Greater Manchester. The scheme has been going from strength to strength, so much so that it caught the… Read more »


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