Mossley charity welcomes Mayor’s city region approach to homelessness
Tuesday 1st August 2017 13:03 Community Greater Manchester Mossley & Saddleworth Tameside Posted by Nigel P.

The Mossley based homeless charity Emmaus has welcomed  Greater Manchester Mayor’s approach to the homeless problem across the region.

Mayor Andy Burnham has announced new grants from his homelessness fund, after spending time talking to rough sleepers about their needs.

Mr Burnham has called for an end to rough-sleeping in Greater Manchester by 2020 and is personally committed to dramatically reducing homelessness in the region.

On Friday (July 28) he announced a £20,000 grant to the charity Stop, Start, Go (SSG) which is creating brand new accommodation for rough-sleepers in Manchester who are ready to seek employment.

A further £3,500 grant was also approved for  the Bolton branch of Emmaus who will use the money to teach homeless people trades to create an extra bedroom for rough sleepers in Bolton.

The move has been welcomed by the director and workers of Emmaus  in Mossley who see the move as recognition by the Mayor that homelessness is not just a Manchester City Centre problem, but manifests itself across the city region in boroughs neighbouring the city of Manchester such as Tameside, Oldham and Bolton.

Alison Hill, Director of Emmaus Mossley, said: “We are pleased that the Mayor of Greater Manchester’s Homelessness Fund is already supporting homelessness organisations across the city region. It is vital that all the boroughs of Greater Manchester work together to support people out of homelessness and we welcome this renewed effort championed by the Mayor of Greater Manchester and his team.

“Homelessness is not exclusively a city-centre issue, it affects all the boroughs of Greater Manchester. Here at Emmaus Mossley we play an active role in the Tameside Homelessness Forum, working together with other local partners to make the best use of limited resources. Companions of Emmaus Mossley with lived experience of homelessness recently attended the Greater Manchester Homelessness Action Network event in Salford, helping to shape a GM-wide approach to end homelessness.”

Mr Burnham said: “I am personally committed to this. I am putting my own money into the fund and I have been overwhelmed by the number of people who have done the same. Together I absolutely believe we can end rough sleeping and put a roof over everyone’s head in Greater Manchester.

Greater Manchester’s Mayor meeting homeless people

“This morning I went into the city centre at daybreak to talk to those sleeping rough. I want to hear from them about their experiences and get their ideas about what is needed. I will do that every three months to reassure myself and everyone else who contributes to the fund that the money is being spent on real solutions and improvements that make a difference. I want to meet people on the streets and make sure we’re connected our work with what they need. I want to see a reduction in the number of people sleeping rough for myself.”

Mr. Burnham launched the Mayor of Greater Manchester’s Homelessness Fund on his first day in office on May 8, 2017, and has raised more than £50,000 with more than 500 individual pledges and donations from local people and organisations over the past three months.

His first grants were awarded in June to charities from across Greater Manchester and the second grant announcements today total more than £25,000.

The Mayor added: “We are really doing something so worthwhile together and I do believe we can make such a difference to people living on our streets – but with these latest grants we have almost wiped the fund out. To do more, we need more. I know everyone from children donating their pocket money to pensioners bringing money into our offices has got us this far – I want to say thank you to everyone who has got involved. If you can help us now in any way, I promise I will personally make sure it goes directly towards helping people turn their lives around.”

The SSG grant is part of a £300,000 project to provide accommodation for rough-sleepers looking for employment. The remainder of the funding for the project is being supported by Manchester City Council and the Edward Holt Trust.

In Bolton, the £3,500 grant to Emmaus will create an additional bed for rough sleepers in the town by training homeless people in building trades and asking them to create the room.

Mr. Burnham concluded: “I am so pleased with how far we have come in just two short months. I feel really passionate about tackling this and I am proud that local people believe that is the right thing to do too. If you can spare any amount – however large or small – it will go straight to organisations who are supporting rough-sleepers and homeless people across Greater Manchester. Please also bear in mind the Big Change fund which helps individual homeless people and rough-sleepers to get back on their feet.”

 

Terry Waite President of Emmaus UK will be visiting the Emmaus Community in Mossley next month (September)

Emmaus Mossley are set to mark twenty years since the establishment of their community in the town at Longlands Mill next month.

Helping them celebrate their birthday will be President of Emmaus UK, Terry Waite CBE.

To donate to the Mayor of Greater Manchester’s Homelessness Fund please go to https://www.gofundme.com/GM-Mayoral-Fund