Christmas 2016

This year the GMWNS will be open over the Christmas period. We want to ensure that our guests are able to enjoy and relax this Christmas time and so we are running two appeals for essentials and gifts for our guests.

The Reverse Advent Calendar – rather than opening your chocolate filled advent calendar each morning, why not add an item off the list below into a box each day of advent and then donate your gifts to our guests for Christmas.

Christmas Gift Boxes – can you, your family and friends fill a shoe box with any of the following items?

Once you’ve filled your box/advent calendar – please contact us to arrange collection or drop off.

Christmas Gifts: 

Chocolates (no liqueurs)
Scarfs, hat & gloves
Gift Cards (e.g: coffee shops, cinemas, bakeries etc.)
Books – in a variety of languages
Mini first aid kit (no medication)

Everyday Essentials: 

Shampoo/Shower gel
Shaving Kit
Wet Wipes
Hand sanitizer
Lip balm/chap stick
New underwear & socks
T shirts
Towels & Flannels


Job Vacancy – GMWNS Project Worker

We are recruiting a Project Worker to work with Greater Together Manchester and our shelter venues to coordinate and develop the Night Shelter. The post is for a minimum of one year, based in Manchester, with a salary of  circa £22k.

If you, or anyone you know, is interested, please download the details from the links below.

GMWNS Project Worker Job Description 

GMWNS Project Worker 2016 Application Form

GMWNS Project Worker Monitoring Form




Jill’s walking the Great Wall!

Jill Darwent, who was one of our volunteers at St Cuthbert’s, is going to be walking the Great Wall of China at the end of October to raise money for the Night Shelter, and for Step Together, another charity which she supports.

If you would like to donate to Jill’s fundraising, you can visit her JustGiving page.

Please pass this on to friends and family and anyone else you know who might like to donate.

Thanks Jill, and best of luck – we’ll look forward to seeing the photos!








Philippe’s Success

We’re very happy to update you on Philippe’s progress in his job at the Scafell Hotel in the Lake District. He has been promoted to Commis Chef, and says, “I don’t need anymore than this – it’s the dream life NOW!”

You can read his whole story here.

Jo and Andrew at tPhillipe cookinghe Scafell Hotel say that “Philippe is a hard worker, talented chef with a wonderful sense of humour who makes everyone laugh.” This won’t come as a surprise to our volunteers!

Jo and Andrew believe that hotels are a perfect answer to helping the homeless gain employment, as many provide accommodation,which one of the main missing links. They have also recruited Vit, who was one of our guests, as well as two other Booth Centre clients. You can read more from them here.


They have contacted the British Hospitality Association about what they’re doing, and the BHA are looking at rolling out a nationwide scheme later this year.

Pilot Project Evaluation Report

The Evaluation Report for the GMWNS Pilot Project is now complete. Thanks to all the Venue Coordinators, volunteers, guests and other organisations who gave us feedback and constructive criticism.

The report sets out how we evaluated the project and reports on what we found. It includes the outputs and outcomes of the project, identifies areas for reflection and improvement, and sets out initial proposals for the 2016-17 Night Shelter project.

You can view or download the full report (40 pages) or the summary (6 pages) by clicking on the links below.

Full report (pdf format, 1.458MB)

Summary report (pdf format, 503kB)

55 Miles for the Night Shelter

Leslie Fletcher, one of our volunteers at the Church of the Resurrection and St Barnabas, is going to be walking 55 miles along Hadrian’s Wall from 5th-12th July to raise money for the Night Shelter. Many thanks Leslie – hope you don’t get too many blisters (or sunstroke, or frostbite)!

You can donate at Leslie’s JustGiving page. Please share it with anyone else who would like to donate.

You can keep track of Leslie’s progress by following him on Twitter here.

Support the Manchester Homelessness Charter

The Manchester Homelessness Charter was launched on Monday, 9th May. Its aim is to bring together different people and organisations to deal with homelessness in practical ways, based on a shared vision of ending homelessness in our city.

Individuals, businesses and organisations are showing their support for the Charter by pledging specific action to help tackle homelessness. The Diocese of Manchester and Greater Together Manchester have pledged to run the Winter Night Shelter in 2016-17.

You can read more about the Charter, or make a pledge, at Why not pledge to volunteer or fundraise for next year’s shelter, and encourage your family, friends, employer, church or community group to make their own pledge?