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What We Do

The Beacon Drop-In Centre

Our Beacon Drop-in Centre is situated in the heart of Manchester city centre. It provides a sanctuary, a place of peace and refuge. It is open 5 days and 5 evenings. Opening in the evening is a particularly innovative approach for a drop-in facility and we are one of very few in the North West to do so.

We offer food, clean clothing, blankets, hot showers and dignity/toiletry packs.

We see around 600 visits every week. During the day the place is a hive of activity. It offers English, Maths and IT classes as well as Arts and Crafts and other social and community building activities. Our team of support workers help secure those sleeping rough with shelter, obtain ID, assist with benefits, housing, and connect to training for employment.

We have a large team of volunteers who give of their time willingly to listen to problems and provide assistance. In addition our voluntary nurses and paramedics offer basic first aid in our own purpose built suite two evenings a week. It has never been our intention to set up as a church, but to provide for the spiritual needs of the people we help. At regular times throughout the year the Beacon plays host to the 'God Slot' a kind of cafe church, a place to be inspired, find some peace and let go of burdens .The 'God Slot' is a open to all and is led by speakers who originate from all walks of life and church denominations.

For a further insight into our work within our city centre drop-in, street outreach and collaborative projects please take a moment to view our short film capturing a series of personal interviews from the men and women we see and visit the following pages in this section to find out more.

 

Working producing meals at the Beacon People using the Beacon People outside the Beacon Image for our Unsung Heroes 2008 award