- Education or training courses
- Furniture or househould items
- Clothes for interviews
Big Change pays for practical items individuals need to build independent lives away from the streets, including deposits, training courses and transport costs. If everyone who lives, works or visits Manchester donates, together we can make a Big Change!
Your donation joins the central Big Change funding pot. Big Change partner organisations work directly with individuals who are homeless, and apply for funds to pay for items they need. Depending on the amount needed, there are two levels of fund requests.
If the request is for under £100, Big Change partner agencies can submit an online application.
This excludes cash, emergency accommodation, food or other items which are available for free elsewhere.
If the request is for over £100, the application must be agreed by the Big Change panel.
The Big Change panel includes: one ex-rough sleeper who is in long term support; one representative from an established organisation; two from Coalition of Relief; and one from CityCo.
Individuals who are homeless receive the items they need, purchased using your donation. From a £1 donation, 85% funds these items for individuals, the remaining 15% covers the costs of services provided by Just Giving (5%) and administrative services by the charity Forever Manchester (10%). Show your support to ending homelessness by making a donation now.
Big Change recognises that people who are homeless often face practical barriers which need to be overcome for them to become active, independent members of their community and avoid sleeping rough.
Big Change provides homeless people with practical items which support a long term change. This might include paying for a deposit for a home, a training course to help improve job prospects and clothes for a job interview. Or it could involve furnishing a new flat, including purchasing crockery, pots, pans and bed linen, as well as funding travel costs to their new home.
Coalition of Relief (COR) is a network of charities and grassroots groups providing support to people on the streets. By bringing these groups together, and working closely with people who are homeless, the council, universities and businesses, Big Change emerged as an easy and effective way for the public to give differently.
Although giving money to people begging on the street seems supportive, it doesn’t help individuals get away from sleeping rough, or address the complicated range of reasons which made them homeless.
By working in partnership with charities and organisations providing frontline services for homeless people, the Big Change Fund enables individuals to make long term positive changes towards ending homelessness.
If you have a specific question, you can contact the Big Change Secretary on 0345 1122211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are lots of different ways you can show support to people who are homeless in Manchester. Big Change is also about responding to organisations callouts for help, and volunteering your time. You can also learn more about local services and Manchester homelessness organisations.
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If you are in another location and would like to help us bring Street Support to your area, please get in touch.