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Homeless in Manchester Exhibition

After being invited to take part in the International Arts & Homelessness Festival, we began to think about what we could show to the public that was related in a strong way to the homeless in Manchester. Arts is vital in helping people who are homeless to rebuild their lives, through building confidence and self-worth. This then enables them to take more significant, more important life steps that they were too scared to before.

What is the Homeless in Manchester exhibition?

A photography exhibition that showcases the stories of hope and aspiration of those living and working on the streets of Greater Manchester. The collections of photography range from those who are or have been homeless, the general public and those who work in the homelessness sector across Manchester. All of the works will show that we’re all the same when everything else is stripped away and that you should not judge a person based on their current circumstances, but look at them for where they’ve come from, and where they are going. One of the people involved in the exhibition and who will have work being exhibited is Kal Gill-Faci. Kal is a local architect and passionate supporter of the local homeless community and the charities involved in ending homelessness. In the run up to our exhibition on November 15th, we talked to Kal at her allotment.

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Our exhibition, which is part of the wider International Arts & Homeless Festival will be taking place at WeWork Spinningfields on November 15th. To book your free ticket, please visit Eventbrite. For more information on the festival, please visit With One Voice.
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Three ways to help people who are homeless

Everyone wants to help people who are homeless but sometimes finding out how to help most effectively can be a daunting task. Before we give you our three ways to help, let’s take a look at the numbers and some definitions.

Homelessness: Shelter.org.uk defines homelessness as; ” Sleeping rough, not having rights to stay where you live or are living in unsuitable housing, such as a B&B, with friends or a hostel.”

Rough Sleeping: Shelter.org.uk defines rough sleeping as: “people sleeping or bedded down in the street, doorways, parks or bus shelters.”

Now for the stats, The North West of England saw the most significant percentage increase in rough sleeping since 2016. There was a 74% increase in rough sleepers. Combine that with those who are homeless, living in hostels etc., the number of people without a home is huge.

How can you help people who are homeless?

1) Contact your local council

Local councils are aware of their responsibility to help those who are homeless. You can alert your local authority of someone who is rough sleeping or homeless by calling the number on their website. This will mean their outreach teams can visit the person and signpost them to the right support available.

During the day, referrals into this accommodation can be made via:
The Council Rough Sleeper team – 0161 234 5339 or roughsleepersteam@manchester.gov.uk

For over 25s: Booth Centre: http://boothcentre.org.uk
For under 25s: Centrepoint North: https://centrepoint.org.uk

When daytime services are closed you can refer through:
The Council Rough Sleeper – 0161 234 5001

2) Support a local charity

A quick and easy way to make a huge impact and help people who are homeless is by supporting a local charity. By donating time, money or fundraising, you can support the work of a charity which works directly with those who are homeless. Charities perform a vital job of engaging and helping those on the streets to get the support they need.

3) Spread the message

Get behind a local cause or organisation that is helping and shout about them. If your local council is doing a good job, shout about it on Twitter and Facebook. The more we talk about helping the homeless, the more we break down barriers. You can make a huge impact just by posting a tweet, publicly backing a charity.

Finally

When you decide on what help you want to give, ensure you choose a charity that works in conjunction with the local authority and other charities. Good charities understand the importance of working together to combat rough sleeping and homelessness, because only when we work together can we truly help each other.