From desperation to life changing support and new found hope

When our stories converged, Robin had been in and out of different accommodation, mainly due to his behaviour when under the influence of alcohol. He was between places at this point, sleeping on the streets as everyone was told to stay at home due to the coronavirus pandemic. In this blog, we trace Robin’s story from his Beacon visits to his admission to a mental health and substance misuse facility. Read more

Jess' first week volunteering

This week is #volunteersweek so we are sitting down with some of our volunteers to chat with them about their experiences volunteering with us. We thought it would be good to sit down with our newest volunteer Jess to see how she was settling in. It was only her 3rd day of volunteering with us when we put her on the spot to ask her a few questions. Read more

The journey of Recovery can often be two steps forward and one step back, that’s why we never give up

Many of our friends have had a traumatic past and can take drink or drugs as a way to escape from those memories or the harsh realities of rough sleeping. They may also struggle with challenging mental health conditions. At times even though they receive support and encouragement they can sadly take two steps forward and then one step back. We understand this and we are always here to support and empower our friends on their difficult journey towards new hope, new homes and a new life. Read more

What is payroll giving, and how does it help Barnabus’ cause?

Payroll giving is by far the easiest way to donate to Barnabus. It gives us the security of receiving a regular payment which helps us to offer long term planned support to help people out of homelessness. And, because your donation is taken from your pay at source before you get taxed, it actually costs you less to give – whilst we get more. Read more

Unsung heroes provide vital support

Today we are celebrating the support we receive from an unsung hero of our work. Behind the scenes the company Datacentreplus have been hosting our client database pro bono as part of their commitment to give back to the community in Manchester. Read more

The journey to recovery starts with trust

Craig* first came to our support centre, the Beacon, looking for help with his most basic needs: food, a shower, and new clothes. Over time, he came to trust our team and began to consider the Beacon as the closest thing to a home, having lived in a tent for several years without any support. When Craig confided in our support team that he had problems with his prison probation and was worried that he’d be recalled, we knew we could offer him the support he needed.  This is Craig’s journey Read more

Sam's Story

Sam moved into the house a couple of weeks ago and although it was overwhelming, it was plain to see how settled and comfortable he felt around the house and with his new housemates. Our work with Sam isn’t finished, but his progress is immense. Read his story here Read more

John's Big Easter Sleepout

John Terry decided to spend the night sleeping in his garden to raise funds to support our work helping people experiencing homelessness. Read how he got on here Read more

Your donations help Chris make a house a home

Chris* came to us in autumn 2020. He had been street homeless for two nights following the breakdown of his relationship with his partner, which was caused by losing his job at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

What A Year

As this financial year comes to an end and we pass the milestone of one year since the first COVID 19 Lockdown our CEO Yvonne asked herself the question. What did we achieve in one of the strangest years anyone has lived through in our lifetime? Read her answer here Read more

Helping our friend on his journey to a new life

Our support worker Jenna recently met Jim* at his emergency accommodation in a hotel in Manchester. Despite working hard to turn his life around, he had sadly become homeless. Fortunately, we were able to help him quickly get his new life away from his past back on track and in a positive direction. This is Jim’s story… Read more

Helping a friend out of a risky and distressing situation

John*, a man who had suffered a lifetime of abuse and been in and out of custody, left Manchester a few years ago to start afresh. But, despite his hopes, he returned to the city and found himself homeless. Read his story of hope here... Read more