The Real Change celebrates its Champions!

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Andy Burnham with Rochdale Sixth Form College pricipal Richard Ronskley with one of his students

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


The Real Change partnership honoured its fund raising champions with a special event at the Reaching out Centre

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.

Special thanks to Rochdale Sixth form college, Brownhill school and Rochdale Youth offending Services for all the money you have raised so far.

Rochdale sixth form college principal, Richard Ronskley, said: “Real Change Rochdale has had such a powerful and positive impact in the borough. It improves vulnerable peoples’ lives everyday. I’m proud that RSFC and its students support and work with Real Change. I look forward to building on our relationship to help Real Change continue to transform people’s lives.”

All cash donated to Real Change Rochdale is held in a central pot, which is administered by local homelessness charities. Local organisations which work directly with the homeless can then apply for funds when needed.

Over £4,000 has already been generated for Real Change Rochdale, with recent fund raising efforts by Brownhill Learning Community and Rochdale Sixth Form College boosting the coffers by more than £1,200.

The cash has already helped a local pensioner who risked losing his home of 30 years when changes to his personal circumstances caused him to run up some rent arrears. He was also referred to the council’s adult care team to give him on going support. The money has also helped a former homeless person get themselves properly established in a new home by giving them money to top up their electric meter.

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham attended the Celebration event.

He said: “Campaigns like Real Change are a crucial part of the support we are trying to put in place to prevent and tackle homelessness across Greater Manchester.

“Its strength is that it offers direct and immediate support for practical things like bus tickets and clothing for a job interview. Just that little bit of support can be crucial to help get people out of homelessness. I would love to see people get behind Real Change. It will make a big difference to a lot of people in Rochdale borough

Andy King, from Brownhill Learning Community, said: “We really enjoyed meeting Andy Burnham. He was great with the students and took the time to answer their questions about homelessness. The students really understood the importance of raising money and the practical difference it will make.”

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

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