Brian And Steve Pass It On

Just a few months ago, both Brian and Steve were facing street homelessness. 

They were able to avoid sleeping rough thanks to a referral to the Sanctuary Trust Halsall House - an 'abstinence based' supported housing project located near Rochdale town centre.  

At Halsall House Steve and Brian started to address and change unwanted habits.      By exploring behavioural habits with the intention of change, both Brian and Steve can (over time) create very different futures for themselves.          

 PIOS Bri Ste  

It was at Halsall House where Brian and Steve were referred to the 'Pass It On' Scheme.  This scheme recognises the valuable contribution persons with lived experience (of challenging situations) can offer disadvantaged people, those at risk of disadvantage and the wider Community. 

 PIOS Ste  

There is no experience like first-hand experience; people that have lived through tough challenges have lots to offer to those people that are currently going through the same. Brian says-

'I'm glad to be doing stuff that can help others avoid making the same mistakes that I made'

Steve added -

'I got a lot to offer and if feels good to help out, give advice when i can and make people feel better about themselves'


 Well done Steve and Brian! These guys are living proof that people can change, while using their life experience to help themselves and those around them. 

Click for more info on the work we do at Halsall House our through the Pass it on Scheme

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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.