The Plans

AT A GLANCE

Embassy Village will take a pioneering approach to tackle homelessness and deprivation. Providing homeless people with their own front door, our scheme will begin to remove the high barriers and tough obstacles that many people encounter when trying to move forward from life on the street and gain a stable foothold in our communities.

We are proposing:
  • 40 new high quality permanent homes located under the railway arches further into the site for privacy
  • A Village Hall which will become a community hub and training and mentoring facility for residents, located towards the site entrance
  • A reception pod to ensure site security
  • High quality outside space with plenty of greenery, a multi use sports area, space to grow vegetables as well as external eating and socialising areas
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THE DESIGN

Creating quality accommodation for future residents, where they feel comfortable and safe, is a key part of the design and will help foster a mutual respect for the Embassy Village.

Embassy Village has been designed by Jon Matthews Architects, who have a track record of delivering high quality development in Manchester.

Every home will be situated under each railway arch in clusters of four (two up, two down) and will be arranged to create a sheltered inward facing courtyard. Front doors are accessed off the courtyard which then serves as a neighbourly, shared space which the residents will help to maintain. Each home has been designed to maximinise space and includes a wet room and open plan kitchen, dining/living and bedroom space as well as integrated storage. The homes will have a high quality fit out and be suitably insulated to ensure noise isn’t an issue, considering the location beneath the railway arches.

The Village Hall will create a large flexible multi-use space with shared cooking, laundry and washing facilities. The reception pod will be at the site entrance and will function as site security and house residents’ post boxes. The homes are manufactured off-site which reduces the amount of construction we need to do on-site while providing flexibility for the project to be expanded over time.

We’ve got landscape architects Planit I.E. on board to design the outside space. We’re planning plenty of communal spaces with planting and outdoor seating including:

  • Embassy Waterside – a reflective seating space
  • Bridgewater Gardens – an active area for socialising
  • Underway – the central spine of the site that acts as a lively centre stret connecting residents’ homes and the communal social areas

The plans will also have sustainability at their heart, with plans to re-use materials such as reclaimed timber, resilient planting, and a space for growing vegetables.

HOW WILL IT OPERATE?

The Embassy team will provide wrap-around support and work with residents to equip them with invaluable life skills to become more confident and independent. From budgeting, money management, and laundry, learning soft skills such as socialising and teamwork, to boosting work readiness through job searches, applications and interviews. The experienced Embassy team will manage the site 24/7.

We estimate that each resident will live on-site for an average of 6 to 14 months depending on their level of need to get ready to start their next chapter in life.

We aim to build on our strong track record of helping people to find that they have a life full of purpose, get into work, get into private accommodation and then remain part of community so that they are stable going forward.

The village will have a zero tolerance policy of drug and alcohol consumption on site. There will be strict rules on minimising noise after hours and ensuring cleanliness across the site and residents will not be able to receive visitors.

We operate as a housing provider rather than a shelter and all potential residents are interviewed and triaged. Only those who are ready and, crucially, keen to work are offered accommodation. Each resident will receive over 6 hours of one-to-one training each week from the Embassy team.

We have a strong track record of getting vulnerable people back into work and we work with a number of local businesses who provide job opportunities to our residents.

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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

6 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

6 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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