The Moulding Foundation donates £3.5 Million to tackle homelessness in Manchester
August 1, 2022

The Moulding Foundation has agreed to donate £3.5 million to support the construction of the Embassy Village in Manchester – a pioneering new safe and secure community for the city’s homeless and vulnerable men.

The project will provide 40 new purpose-built homes and transforms a derelict site below the railway arches between the Bridgewater Canal and River Irwell, into a housing-led community with a village hall, lots of green space, mini allotments to grow vegetables and a multi-use sports area.

The Embassy Village will help Manchester’s most vulnerable men get off the street and reintegrate back into society by putting high-quality housing and wrap around support at the heart of the solution.  The village hall will become a community hub with residents receiving one-to-one training and mentoring to help equip them with a range of life skills, including shopping, budgeting and cooking; as well as support to help get them into full-time employment.

Manchester-based charity Embassy has worked with regeneration business and landowner Peel L&P, CAPITAL&CENTRIC and a pro bono team across the Manchester business community to develop the village and secure planning approval from Manchester City Council in July last year.

Jodie Moulding, Founder and Trustee Chair of the Moulding Foundation said:

“We are hugely proud to be supporting Embassy Village with this incredible project, helping to reduce homelessness in Greater Manchester.

“The village will be transformational; in addition to safe housing, it will give residents the life skills, community support and access to the resources needed to lead thriving and healthy lives.”

Sid Williams of Embassy said:

“To receive this extremely generous donation from The Moulding Foundation is just incredible and puts us in a position to get the village built sooner than we had expected.

“The latest government figures show that Manchester has the second highest number of people sleeping rough in England. This project is critical in helping us transform the way homelessness is tackled in our city, providing a long-term and sustainable solution. We’re creating a supportive community where we help our residents into work and get used to managing a home, and this means we’ll be able to help four times as many people as we currently do. However, this means our running costs will double so we still need the ongoing support of the amazing Manchester community.”

The donation from the Moulding Foundation will fund the construction of the project, which will start later this year and is expected to complete in 2023.

The Embassy charity launched in 2019 with a re-purposed luxury tour bus to provide shelter and support to vulnerable adults which was forced to close by covid social distancing.

Since the pandemic began, Embassy has operated as a housing provider rather than a shelter. It’s common for men to spend 5 or more years in shelters before being housed in social housing and the village will allow Embassy to house people from the first day of their stay and end their homelessness.

The self-contained site will be staffed by Embassy’s dedicated team and aims to help residents move on to private sector rental, with full time employment and vastly improved confidence and life skills, helping to ease the burden on social housing.

If you are a company or individual that’s interested in supporting the village contact sid.williams@embassybus.org. You can also donate to the charity here. Funds are still being sought for the running costs and staffing of the village, perhaps you could help.

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We are incredibly grateful for the significant financial support that we have received from Far Logistics who have really caught the vision of Embassy and our work with the homeless. Thank you so much!Companies like Far Logistics partnering with us is critical to the success of Embassy, if you would like to join the team either financially or by offering employment to our chaps please get in touch: ruth@embassybus.org ... See MoreSee Less

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We are incredibly grateful for the significant financial support that we have received from Cardinal Global Logistics who have really caught the vision of Embassy and our work with the homeless. Thank you so much! Companies like Cardinal Global Logistics partnering with us is critical to the success of Embassy, if you would like to join the team either financially or by offering employment to our chaps please get in touch: ruth@embassybus.org ... See MoreSee Less

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🙏PRAY WITH US 🙏 Tues 14th Dec @ 8pm on zoom. We would love you to join us as we worship and pray and hear all the latest from Sid and Tess. DM ruth@embassybus.org if you would like to attend 🙏🙏🙏 ... See MoreSee Less

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