The Real Change gathers momentum

GMA Area Manager John Wigley with Joanne Brenan from Rochdale Youth Offending Service


Since our Real change celebration event our campaign has gone from strength to strength. 

Real Change Rochdale encourages people to donate money online, which can then be accessed to help homeless people with practical items, like flat deposits or clothes for a job interview. 

The Sanctuary trust's very own pass it on team chair this important campaign for the Borough of Rochdale.  Alongside our partners the Bondbaord, Whag, Stepping stones, soup kitchen, Angies Angels, Riverside housing, RBH and Langley Housing Trust  - we make sure our most vulnerable citizens have immediate access to funds that promote a positive change in circumstances.

Last month we celebrated our Champion fundraisers, namely; Rochdale sixth form college, brown hill school and Youth offending Services.  Not only did we get an opportunity to thank our champions, this event also helped us to raise the profile of the campaign. 

As a result, Tony Lloyd MP has thrown his weight behind the campaign.  Tony has committed to attending our action meeting on August 5th to assess how best he can support the initiative.

Also, the Chairman of the Freemasons Mr Doug Smith and Councillor John Taylor of Wardle and West Littleborough are helping us spread awareness and apply for local funding.

And finally, I am please to announce the Real change campaign has just received £1402 from Rochdale township fund.  We will use this funding to spread the word and hopefully recruit more champions to this important initiative

This is exciting times for the Real change, we believe that together we can provide opportunities for vulnerable people across the Borough of Rochdale.  

If you would like to get involved with the Real Change, you can get in touch by emailing [email protected] or call us on 01706 526722

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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.