Greater Manchester Future Foundations is our vision to transform our city centre building in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, in order to ensure the support we provide right across the city region is better than ever.
Often, by the time young people arrive at our central Manchester headquarters, they are showing signs of serious mental health issues, substance use and poor emotional wellbeing.
Our aim is to raise £1.4million to transform 52 Oldham Street, so we can provide thousands of homeless young people across Greater Manchester with a safe, welcoming and inspirational environment in which to recover and grow, helping them to leave homelessness behind for good.
“Since becoming Mayor of Greater Manchester in 2017, I have made tackling rough sleeping and homelessness one of my top priorities. It has been incredible to see the work that goes on every day across Greater Manchester supporting people in really difficult circumstances to turn their lives around.
"Any organisation with that mission at its heart has my admiration and support. Centrepoint’s expertise and long history of working with young people is especially important because we know they often face real challenges to access safe and affordable housing. That’s why I am fully behind Greater Manchester Future Foundations, which will be a fantastic addition to the support we have available in the city-region. I look forward to seeing the new development change lives.”
For decades, long prior to Centrepoint’s arrival in Manchester, local authority grants just about kept 52 Oldham Street going, covering core operational costs.
But a lack of significant funding has meant that little has been available to maintain, let alone improve, the fabric and condition of the building.
We have been coping for a long time but the need to do something has become urgent. If we don’t take action now, the building may become beyond saving.
Its dilapidated state is preventing us from providing a safe, welcoming and inspirational environment for the vulnerable young people who come through our doors each day.
With your help, at 52 Oldham Street, we will create an environment for vulnerable young people to recover, grow, and make steps to independent living.
We will carefully consider the impact of the physical environment on the young people who will be using the space to create an environment that is not just in good condition but promotes safety and helps create positive relationships.
In addition to the spaces for young people, we will deliver a working environment fit for our dedicated frontline support staff with consideration paid to their security and wellbeing in a high-pressured environment. Centrepoint currently employs 55 staff in Manchester, 40 of whom directly support young people through the provision of frontline services. This means spaces that are thoughtfully designed for the core life changing services that operate from our building.
Research suggests that homeless young people are eight times more likely to have experienced poor mental health than their peers. 52 Oldham Street supports over 200 young people every year through mental health crisis support and psychotherapy. The refurbishment will create a calm and relaxing space where young people can tackle their mental health needs with qualified psychotherapists.
Engagement & Learning
Supporting young people into employment is a crucial step in the path to independent living. We will provide a motivating and inspiring space where young people can develop their skills and confidence and improve their prospects with dedicated sessions from our learning and engagement teams.
The Homelessness Prevention Service in Manchester is central to our work. It is the initial presentation point for young people in the city to seek advice and support. It's imperative that we provide a safe and confidential space where young people can learn about their rights, entitlements and make informed choices about the options available to them.
In order to support young people who are rough sleeping, we require a functional and practical space where young people can eat, wash, launder their clothes and pick up essential items such as personal hygiene products. Our offer is dedicated to getting young people off the street, but we must be prepared to support young people in any way when they present at our centre.
Adam’s* father subjected him to physical and sexual abuse as a child, and he faced emotional abuse from his mother. Last year, she suddenly threw him out of the family home, leaving Adam feeling as if his life was over. Forced to live in his car, Adam was unable to keep up his job and had to drop out of university, which left him feeling so desperate he attempted suicide.
With support from Centrepoint, he has got the help he needed and turned his life around.
The latest figures from the Youth Homelessness Databank confirm a homelessness crisis in Greater Manchester with 4,400 16-24 year olds estimated as being homeless.
In reality, these figures are likely to be far higher as they hide the number of young people who are sofa-surfing or staying in temporary accommodation. Centrepoint’s client numbers reflect a growing crisis in Manchester, with the numbers of young people presenting for support rising from c.20 per week in 2017 to c.30 per week now. Centrepoint’s services are needed now more than ever.
The Youth Homelessness Databank is part of Centrepoint’s ambitions to understand and eventually end youth homelessness. Freedom of information requests are sent to all local authorities in England, including Greater Manchester. This helps us create the most complete picture to date on the scale of youth homelessness and the nature of support currently being provided.
We believe that by transforming our 52 Oldham Street building we can make a huge difference to the lives of young people in Greater Manchester. But to reach our fundraising target we need your help.
If you or your organisation are interested in supporting our Greater Manchester Future Foundations appeal, or would like more information, please contact regional fundraising manager Ben Bowden on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 228 7654.