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 said he always leaves our workshops with a more positive attitude and outlook on things!  Thanks for the feedback it's nice to know we are having an impact'

'One of our service users has moved into a Rochdale Borough Housing property.  Exciting times!  We were able to deliver a bed and a sofa to her new address.  This was very gratefully received; she would have had to sleep on the floor, thanks Sanctuary Storehouse!

'The Crisis Project is really taking off.  In 6 months we have improved 55 service users health outcomes, 57 service user life skills outcomes, 55 service users social network outcomes, 57 service users resettlement outcomes and 46 service users vocational outcomes.   What a result!


John Priestly

Sanctuary Trust works 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 Rochdale and later the homelessness Conwy and the substance misuse such as Drugs and Alcohol. By Providing emergency shelter for the homeless in supported housing services funded mainly through Supporting People we assist other providers such as Shelter homelessness, Petrus and Stepping Stones who are also supporting people through women's and men's hostels and floating support. We also have STEP Emergency overnight provision. With our work in Wales we partner with Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) as they provide financial help for homeless through emergency shelter and their Supporting People funds. There are different kinds of accommodation available but what is needed is good quality supported accommodation with a strong business and development plan. We have also provided consultancy service to help others move closer to an answer to homelessness. Our social enterprise company, Sanctuary Trust Enterprises runs Noah's Ark Play Centre, The Storehouse Charity Shop.