Homeless in Manchester - Pledge - Social

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.


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.
Homeless Manchester

Sam’s Story

Sam, who is homeless in Manchester has been rough sleeping since he was 16, he spent most of his childhood in different children’s homes and had never met his birth parents.

Growing up without his parents around and without the mother or father figure most of us have was difficult he told Pledge.

We asked him about friends and relationships, and sadly he says there are no friends to make or keep.

“When living on the streets, there are no friends to be made, and it’s hard to make any relationships. It’s a lonely place to be.”

Asked about the worst thing about being homeless, he says being tarnished with the same brush as other homeless, some that may have committed crimes.

“There’s a tendency for the public to think we’re all the same, and we’re not”, Sam says.

Thinking toward the near future, Sam tells us he’s not looking forward to Christmas, where he wanders the streets on Christmas day, unlike the rest of the Manchester wrapped up at home, he will be spending it the city centre, alone.

Sam, who says he welcomes support from charities and local services, doesn’t see his situation getting better on the street. His story isn’t unique, either, we come across more people like Sam every day in our walk around Manchester city centre.

Sam agreed to share his experiences to highlight the real stories of those living on the streets of Manchester. Pledge works with Sam regularly, and we actively direct him to local services to get the help he needs, and we also provide warm clothing to ensure he stays warm and dry.


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.


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.


Tech used for social good to solve Manchester’s most significant poverty challenges

A partnership between the coding school, Code Nation and charity Pledge will highlight common social issues in Greater Manchester that can be solved using technology.

Regular cohorts of Code Nation students will work with poverty reduction charity, Pledge to look at local social issues that could be rife for tech innovation. 

Pledge, which is run by former tech CEO, Mylo Kaye has a mission to reduce poverty in Greater Manchester for those people who are experiencing homelessness, exploitation and unemployment. This partnership will see both Pledge and Code Nation work together to tackle important issues that many individuals and employers want to help with but don’t know how.

The first project, due to start in September will see the twelve-strong team of students work on a real-life brief with the charity, looking at how their skills of mobile and web development can create genuinely impactful tech solutions.

Due to be decided and unveiled by Code Nation students on October 30th, the project will be the first of its kind in Greater Manchester, merging the skills of a corporate and charity to create sustainable long-term social impact projects.

More information on the project will be shared via the Pledge blog over the coming months.

Who is Code Nation?

Code Nation is on a mission to prove that anyone (with the right attitude) can learn to code.

Total immersion over a 12-week period, providing in excess of 480 hours of training in both technical and life skills, takes candidates from zero to ‘work ready’, significantly faster than traditional learning environments.

You have to commit to the course and throw yourself in from day one. Our program has been designed to “up the pace” steadily throughout the curriculum as well as to keep you smiling and learning about life as a coder.

We look for curious minds and our interview process is designed to help you determine for yourself if a career in coding is for you.