Homelessness is devastating at any time of year but at Christmas, when Manchester is full of party goers and people shopping for loved ones, the difference between those that have and those that don’t, is sadly easy to see. We know you want to make a difference so we've come up with some suggestions of how you can help bring Joy at this special time of year. 

Christmas Gifts  and essential items you can donate this Christmas

Download the Poster

Download our poster detailing the festive treats we need and other gift ideas to support our work.

Festive Cakes / Christmas Cake Slices / Boxes of Chocolate Biscuits / Mince Pies / Chocolates (350g boxes or round tins) Gloves / Waterproof Jackets / Warm Coats / Hoodies / Jumpers / Jeans / Shoes / Trainers / Boots / NEW Socks & Boxers small/medium

Give Hope to people sleeping rough in our city – tell them about Barnabus
Barnabus support some of the most hard to reach people in our City and the harsh winter months are particularly life threatening for anyone on the streets. If you see someone sleeping rough spending a moment with them to show you care can mean so much. You could offer to buy them a hot drink or something to eat but much more than this we hope you will encourage them to come in and see us; only then can we begin to improve their circumstances and give them hope for the future.

We empower and equip people experiencing homelessness back into a home through our street outreach, support centre, healthcare and resettlement tenancy scheme.

Barnabus helps with accommodation, recovery from addictions, safeguarding and supporting physical needs; showers, food, clothing and mental health needs. We enable and equip people with the life skills they need and encouragement to succeed at independent living.

  • Support Centre, 45 Bloom St, M1 3LY we’re open Mon - Fri  am 10.00 - 12.30
  • Support Office: 61 Bloom St, M1 3LY is open Mon – Fri 10.30am – 12.30pm

We also hope you will have some  fun this Christmas with these festive fundraising suggestions, together we can #endhomelessness

Reverse Advent Calendar

Turn the advent calendar idea on its head. Start off with an empty box and for every day that you would usually open an advent calendar put one of our suggested long-life food or clothing items in the box instead. Your gifts will ensure we have items to help our friends in the New Year and challenging winter period.

We hope you will join in this activity for you and your family, your church, group or school may also be interested, you’ll be surprised at how much you can collect together. To find out more and see our advent poster click the link here.

Barnabus Santa Dash #freemyinnersanta

Join us for another exciting Santa Dash in Heaton Park, Saturday 4th December

Every year 100's of heaton park run runners www.parkrun.org.uk choose to support us with a festive and fun Charity Santa dash to raise much needed funds so that we can continue to offer vital winter and ongoing support. We love this event and raise funds from Santa Suit Sales.

You don’t need to be a Park Run runner to take part, everyone is welcome and there will be runners of all abilities. Children and dogs are also welcome.

Find out more about this event and reserve your Santa Suit here

Christmas Jumper Day

Bring some festive cheer to your work, school, church or group and hold a Christmas Jumper Day to raise vital funds.

Christmas Jumper Day usually falls on the 10th December so you can either choose this day or another day that works for you and ask participants to donate an amount £ of your choice to wear a festive jumper for the day.

You could also sell mince pies, home baked cakes, hold a raffle or Christmas themed activity to raise funds to support our work. If you want to get involved please let us know we would love to hear from you please email [email protected] 

We would also love to see your photos send them into us on email or tag and share them on our twitter, facebook and instagram.

Christmas Gift Cards

This Christmas give our Charity Gift Cards to your friends and family it's a fantastic way to bless our work and inspire others with your compassion for people experiencing homelessness. These gift cards will help to empower and equip people experiencing homelessness back into a home by supporting our street outreach, support centre, healthcare and resettlement tenancy scheme.

Check them out here.