About Sanctuary Trust

Sanctuary Trust is a registered charity working with homelessness and homeless related  poverty and emergency homeless issues. God’s Sanctuary was the vision of Sheila Halsall after seeing the level of homelessness in Rochdale and later the homelessness in North Manchester and North Wales, substance misuse such as Drugs and Alcohol, social and mental health problems.

How Do We Help

By Providing Outreach Support and Intelligent Accommodation for people in need in supported housing services funded mainly through grants, donations, Housing Benefits and other Service agreements/contracts. We work with other providers including those who offer medical and clinical solutions, with the local authorities and their stakeholders.

With our work in Wales we partner with Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) as they provide financial help for people suffering homelessness through emergency shelter and their Supporting People funds. There are different kinds of accommodation available but what is needed is good quality supported housing, providing each person with an individual plan to overcome the issues that caused their homelessness. All client and business information is recorded on a central server using our own data base management console STMC© system. The Sanctuary Trust manage a strong business and development plan. We have also provided consultancy service  to help others move closer to an answer to homelessness and substance misuse. See our Annual Report 

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.

Aims & 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.


Linda Mills


John Edwards

Vice Chair

Kirsty O'Brien​

Company Secretary

Carl McCann


Elijah Boswell


Alan Jackson


Ian Johnston


Senior Management Team

David Lackner-Smith


Richard Shaw

Finance Director

John Wigley

Director of Operations and Development

Our Social Enterprise

 The Storehouse Charity Shop now produces furniture packs for people moving from a homeless situation into their independent accommodation.

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