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Homelessness in Greater Manchester

Homelessness is growing even more rapidly since the pandemic. Dormitory style shelters have been closed because of social distancing, and those who find themselves homeless were given hotel rooms but this scheme has drawn to a close. The government ban on evictions has now ended and furlough is also ending this year. All this, and some of the original shelters completely disbanding has created a worrying situation in which we soon expect to see a lot more people on the streets.

Homeless people often have to wait for local authority housing for several years. Those housed can find themselves very lonely once they’ve been housed leading to a shocking proportion returning to the streets for community. Often homeless men have an institutionalised background such as the armed forces, prison or the care system and so have never managed a home or a budget and are overwhelmed by the task.

Resettlement is key. There is a lack of resettlement workers in Greater Manchester meaning that little assistance is available to find employment, accommodation or home visits after being housed. The majority of Embassy’s staff team are resettlement workers and resettlement is our priority.

Our Story

We quickly realised short term emergency accommodation wasn’t enough, so 5 months after our first guest stepped onto the bus, we employed our first full time Resettlement Manager. Now we have employed several resettlement workers. This, coupled with growing offers of work from local companies meant we quickly became a resettlement programme. Now that we offer men and women residency in our houses, it means that we cut out the shelter ‘middle man’ end their homelessness on day one.

Our resettlement workers offer 6+ hours per week of training in shopping, cooking, budgeting and home management training. They are renting and practicing for regular private rental when they move on. There’s no hand-outs but rather we support closely to build independence.

Our residents are given the opportunity to work full time at one of our 15 Corporate Partner’s businesses so that they can save up first month’s rent and a deposit and be guided through the process into private rental accommodation, all with the support of our highly skilled Resettlement Manager. We also visit re-housed guests regularly for up to 6 months after they leave our accommodation. This unburdens council housing waiting lists, our ex-residents no longer rely on benefits and we help them to successfully settle and live happily in their new home.

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Our History

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N fled conflict in Darfur 10 years ago walking most of the way from Africa to Manchester. After waiting 7 years in a shelter, we met N and took him in. The pandemic slowed our progress but even so we found jobs for him. Each time he lost them and finally we established that he couldn't read or write in English. N has completed a college course, reads & writes and speaks much better. We have helped secure employment with our partners DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Piccadilly and last week, with furniture from our friends at LOFT we moved him into his new flat. What a decade! We are humbled to witness the happy ending to this hard chapter. We continue to provide him with support - here’s to the future! ... See MoreSee Less

6 months ago  ·  

Fancy joining the #Embassy team in the Great Manchester Run on 22nd May? Run with Sid, Cyprian and the rest of the team and raise money to end people’s #homelessness in our City!Go to https://www.greatrun.org/events/great-manchester-run/ to register before places sell out, then let us know by emailing ruth@embassybus.org… you’ll even get your very own Embassy running vest or t-shirt! ... See MoreSee Less

7 months ago  ·  

We’ve had little opportunity to visit churches the last couple of years and we have so much to fill you in on! If you’d like us to come and share our vision, be a guest speaker or do an interview at your church, we’d love to make it work.Please get in touch! ruth@embassybus.org ... See MoreSee Less

7 months ago  ·  

We love partnering with Message Trust and Barnabus, most of all we love partnering with the Lord👆🏼who gives new life to anyone who chooses to follow him. So proud of you Steve mate! 👍🏼 ... See MoreSee Less

7 months ago  ·  

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

7 months ago  ·  

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

7 months ago  ·  

Thank you to Waitrose & Partners for their very kind donation, we really appreciate you nominating Embassy Bus as your chosen charity! Thank you to everyone who contributed 🤗🤗🤗 ... See MoreSee Less

8 months ago  ·  

🙏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

8 months ago  ·  

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