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What We Do

History of our Street Outreach

The work of Barnabus began on the streets and we owe the unique spelling of our name to one of our early outreach vehicles, a fully converted double-decker bus. The bus was equipped with a small kitchen, we went out with food, clothing, blankets and basic first aid was also available. Over the years we’ve carried on our street outreach with the help of converted Mercedes Sprinter Vans and in 1999 we opened our Beacon Drop-in Centre.

We continued to go out on the streets until 2010. At this time forecasters were warning of the coldest winter on record for 100 years and temperatures plummeted to -17 in Manchester. Peter our Project Director and Founder took a groundbreaking decision to open up our Drop-in in the evenings so that the men and women on the streets could have some respite from the cold and at the same time enjoy a hot meal and have access to clothing, blankets and sleeping bags.

Our Beacon Drop-in is now open 5 days and 5 evenings a week, we are extremely well known in the City and now receive around 500-600 visits a week at our drop-in and support offices from people that are homeless and in need.

If you can support is in any way through fundraising, volunteering or donating items or services please give us a call on 0161 237 3223 or email admin@barnabusmanchester.co.uk

People out on the streets of Manchester Homeless people on the streets of Manchester Homeless person on the streets of Manchester Image for our Unsung Heroes 2008 award