The homelessness network receives funding and donations

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The homelessness network project is delivered in partnership with The Sanctuary Trust, Bond Board, Angie's Angels, The Soup Kitchen and several other local charities - supported by Rochdale Council.

We are delivering food to people who normally access local soup kitchens and/or homelessness related services but can't at this time due to Covid-19.  People are being encouraged to stay at home but are in food poverty and this pandemic poses a genuine threat to life due to starvation

Over the next 3 months, the network aims to;

  • deliver a minimum of 150 food parcels per week straight to the front door of vulnerable people who would normally access soup kitchen
  • provide a minimum of 11 local people with opportunity to volunteer and support their community in Rochdale
  • visit at least 50 people per week and from a safe distance enquire regarding other needs thus provide opportunity to link these individuals with wider provision / mainstream services

We will achieve this by delivering food to people's door - every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1pm, while observing government guidelines on safe social distancing.

Thanks to funding through Action together, Crisis and a large food donation from Rochdale Council we feel well placed to rise to the challenges of Covid 19.

Special thanks to the Bond board too, who have kindly donated their van to this effort.

Yesterday (Monday 6th April) our 6-volunteer delivered 77 food parcels to vulnerable people across the borough of Rochdale.  At this rate we believe we will achieve over 250 food parcels this week alone.

If you would like to get involved, please send donations through the Rochdale real change website (  Or, if you're the hands on type, please email [email protected] - we have the perfect role for you!


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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.