Big thank you to the Biglife for your donation

The Sanctuary trust would like to offer a big thank you to Biglife for your donation of essential items such as coats, scarfs and hats to help rough sleepers across Borough of Rochdale. 

By donating these items the Biglife is supporting The Rough Sleeping Initiative (RSI) - a central government programme aimed at helping people off the streets.

Rochdale Borough Council and Oldham Council were successful in their individual bids for the RSI. This has been awarded to commission a local Rough Sleeper Coordinator each.

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Rochdale Borough Council has commissioned Rochdale Borough Housing for their Rough Sleeper Coordinator. This post will sit within their Homelessness Service. They deliver on behalf of Rochdale Borough Council.

Oldham Council has commissioned De Paul Trust for their Rough Sleeper Coordinator.

To enhance the delivery of RSI programme across Greater Manchester the combined Authority (GMCA) were also successful in their bid. The purpose of the fund is to deliver a rapid response outreach service to the 6 local authority areas who either currently do not have a dedicated resource for this purpose  or who have a limited provision based on either daytime office hours or exceptional circumstances.

The 6 local authority areas have been divided into Zones and Rochdale borough is delivering this in partnership with Oldham borough as Zone B.

Rochdale and Oldham have been allocated some of this funding to allow for 2 x full time Outreach workers that will work across both areas. One of these being focused on Female Rough Sleepers. Sanctuary Trust has been commissioned to deliver this.

Thanks to the support of Biglife, the Sanctuary trust is confident we can work together to find solutions to end rough sleeping across Greater Manchester.

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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.