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Providing Support

Providing support and encouragement for people seeking to take control of their lives

Discover Our Story

The Sanctuary Trust at this time of year is working incredibly hard to give hope to over 170 homeless people or those under threat of homelessness in the North of Greater Manchester and North Wales without family or friends to support them.  Your donations make a huge difference to their lives, for us to offer a little more than food and shelter. 

2020 has been a year everyone has experienced stress, financial uncertainty including family or  friends pass away or suffer illness. Crisis after crisis beyond an individual’s control can lead to homelessness, where support from family and friends is critical.  The Sanctuary Trust has a wealth of experience, with a team of dedicated individuals committed to give whatever it takes to offer those in crisis, hope, support and vision. The Sanctuary Trust is different, in that everyone’s life is unique and every individual receives a personal commitment that we are here for you every day, every hour.   The challenges this year were to make immediate accommodation adjustments, re-write our support engagement, and take on new employees, having seen double the number of people to support in Rochdale.  Next year we are preparing to see many first-time homeless people, as rent arrears, mental breakdowns and unemployment push families and single people experiencing no alternative than to seek help from organisations such as The Sanctuary Trust.  Our story has a very happy ending, with over 80% self-supported again in the community, able put their crisis point behind them and start their journey to experience a full and normal life.

Please make a Real Change.

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Missions and Objectives

Mission Statement

Mission Statement

The Sanctuary Trust is a practical expression of God’s love, providing support and encouragement for people who are homeless or seeking to take control of their lives through addressing drug, alcohol or other, homeless-related problems.

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Aims and Objectives

Aims and Objectives

To help people to take their full place in society and live independently.

To give vulnerable people opportunity to improve the quality of life by providing a stable environment which enables them to take greater responsibility for their lives.

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Changing Lives

Who we’ve helped

At Sanctuary Trust we take our responsibility in helping people to take control of their lives very seriously. We have had the great privilege of seeing many people make positive and committed changes in their life.

Here are a few that wanted to share their story…

Albert’s Story

Army Veteran

Albert was street homeless after losing his tenancy due to debt problems.  He could no longer deny his gambling had become a problem; Albert needed to take some action.  Following a successful assessment process, Albert moved into Halsall House abstinence project to begin his journey to recovery.

Stairway to success

Army Veteran

Brian’s Story I was just 12 years old when I started using cannabis.  It wasn’t long before I was addicted to heroin and committing shop lifting offense to fund my habit.  This was my life; drug addiction, crime and homelessness.   In 2015, I decided I wanted to change; I attempted abstinence but unfortunately relapsed.  Using

John Priestly

Army Veteran

The Sanctuary Trust opened new doors for me” John Priestly, Former resident at The Sanctuary Trust   John Priestly first sought the help of the Sanctuary Trust, a move that would see him gain control of his life and spark the start of a new journey. “The Sanctuary Trust was heaven compared to the streets,

STEP Move-on

Below are four short stories about people that came into our emergency accommodation and have moved on. All these anecdotes have been anonymised.  CR was our very first client; he was made homeless following the breakdown of his relationship.  Staff supported CR bid for houses, eventually CR was successful, he now has his own flat

Homelessness Prevention

‘We have supported a service user move into a private tenancy in Ashton and hooked him up with a local floating support service to help him settle.  He starts work next week at stagecoach; another happy customer! ‘Just completed an emotional health workshop with 3 of our men from Halsall house, one of the guys

John Philips

Here is an extract of a Conversation Dave Lackner-Smith had with former resident John Phillips on a social media website. John stayed at Sanctuary Halsall House for just over 6 months in 1995. and came back on four other occasions. John Philips Hey David You may not remember me. I used to live at The

Donations

Get Involved

Do you want to get involved with what Sanctuary Trust is doing, but not sure how to? We really do appreciate all support and donations made to The Sanctuary Trust.

For just £30 the Sanctuary Trust can

Donate
  • Meet up with a Rough sleeper and provide a mobile phone in order to support this person complete homelessness assessment with the Council. This starts the ball rolling to help this person off the Streets
  • Provide information booklet on where to meet basic needs such as access to free food, free clothing, support with benefits and much more
  • Provide taxi fair to help the person arrive safely to emergency temporary accommodation

For just £100 the Sanctuary Trust can

Donate
  • Meet up with a Rough sleeper and provide a mobile phone in order to support this person complete homelessness assessment with the Council. This starts the ball rolling to help this person off the Streets
  • Provide information booklet on where to meet basic needs such as access to free food, free clothing, support with benefits and much more
  • Provide taxi fair to help the person arrive safely to emergency temporary accommodation
  • Engage in Tenancy ready training that will help the person understanding their housing options, get to grips with their rights and responsibilities as a tenant, manage their finances and gather all the resources they will neded to maintain their tenancy long term.

For just £200 the Sanctuary Trust can

Donate
  • Meet up with a Rough sleeper and provide a mobile phone in order to support this person complete homelessness assessment with the Council. This starts the ball rolling to help this person off the Streets
  • Provide information booklet on where to meet basic needs such as access to free food, free clothing, support with benefits and much more
  • Provide taxi fair to help the person arrive safely to emergency temporary accommodation
  • Engage in Tenancy ready training that will help the person understanding their housing options, get to grips with their rights and responsibilities as a tenant, manage their finances and gather all the resources they will needed to maintain their tenancy long term.
  • Provide 15 group work interventions designed to address underlining reasons for homelessness. These will be delivered in small groups or 1 – 1 based on persons needs. This program is accompanied by a workbook for independent study

For just £1200 the Sanctuary Trust can

Donate
  • Meet up with a Rough sleeper and provide a mobile phone in order to support this person complete homelessness assessment with the Council. This starts the ball rolling to help this person off the Streets
  • Provide information booklet on where to meet basic needs such as access to free food, free clothing, support with benefits and much more
  • Provide taxi fair to help the person arrive safely to emergency temporary accommodation
  • Engage in Tenancy ready training that will help the person understanding their housing options, get to grips with their rights and responsibilities as a tenant, manage their finances and gather all the resources they will needed to maintain their tenancy long term.
  • Provide 15 group work interventions designed to address underlining reasons for homelessness. These will be delivered in small groups or 1 – 1 based on person’s needs. This program is accompanied by a workbook for independent study
  • Pay for first month’s rent and Deposit
  • Provide ongoing support to ensure if ever the person is at risk of losing tenancy we are there to help.

Our Latest Projects

Latest News

The Storehouse has Reopened for Business!

Great News! Following extended period of closure due to Covid 19, our much loved Storehouses are back open for Business! Sanctuary Trust Storehouse Project is a charity shop with a difference. Not only does the Project generate vital funds to help us reduce homelessness in Rochdale, we also provide meaningful work experience for people looking

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