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Manchester’s mayor sees results of year of homeless support and shelter

10 March 2020

Sanctuary’s Stanley Grove has helped dozens of vulnerable people in the city.

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham with Stanley Grove residents.Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham with Stanley Grove residents.

A Manchester housing service providing accommodation for rough sleepers has marked its first year of operation with a visit from Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham.

Sanctuary Supported Living’s Stanley Grove first opened its doors in March last year as part of Mr Burnham and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s A Bed Every Night initiative, which was launched in November 2018 to provide a bed plus targeted support for every person sleeping rough in the city-region.

The service provides accommodation for up to 20 adults, including those with limited mobility and wheelchair users. It also offers separate accommodation, access and facilities for vulnerable women.

Mr Burnham met with residents to hear about how the service has helped provide them with stable accommodation and tailored support to prepare them for the transition to independent living.

Local service manager John Cluskey provided the mayor with a tour of the service and explanation of how it helps residents, while the head of growth and business development David Shaw and Sanctuary Group chief executive Craig Moule were on hand to discuss Sanctuary’s wider operations.

Whilst there, Mr Burnham had the chance to observe residents taking part in a video production skills workshop with ReelMCR. The activity offers residents the chance to work towards a PEARL Award qualification and is one of a number of workshops held on the service’s premises, with others including drumming and arts and crafts.

Speaking at Stanley Grove during his visit, Mr Burnham said: “I’ve heard a lot about Stanley Grove - it’s been one of our major locations for A Bed Every Night.

“When you come here and you see the quality of the environment, the difference it’s made for people here, well, all of the good reports I’ve heard are actually true.

“I’m very proud of the team here, everything they’re doing, the difference that they’re making for people, they’re helping turn people’s lives around. That’s why we created A Bed Every Night – it’s doing everything we hoped it would.”

"I had a fantastic time meeting the men and women who have benefited from Stanley Grove, not just through a roof over their heads, but through the support that will help them move on to a place of their own and not back out to the streets.”

John added: “Over the past 12 months, we’ve been able to support 12 people into longer-term supported accommodation – and a further six into independent living – who would have otherwise been on the streets.

“We deal with some of the most complex cases in the city, some of whom have had no form of ID or a bank account, and therefore can’t access other essential housing or health services. It can take months to resolve some of these issues but, while they’re staying with us, we try to help them rediscover the joy of life by reigniting forgotten hobbies, passions and skills.”

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham with (l-r) local service manager John Cluskey, Sanctuary Group chief executive Craig Moule and head of growth and business development David Shaw.

Sanctuary Group chief executive Craig Moule said: “Establishing this service has meant dozens of people who were sleeping rough currently have a roof over their heads – we’re extremely grateful to Mr Burnham for taking the time to come and see this first-hand. I am immensely proud of the work our team at Stanley Grove have done and the role they’ve been able to play in supporting A Bed Every Night.

“Services like Stanley Grove and other forms of supported accommodation through Sanctuary Supported Living to play an essential part of our role as a housing provider.”

Sanctuary Supported Living also manages a further four services in the Manchester region, comprising three supported housing services, providing up to 23 beds between them, and further floating support operation.

I’m very proud of the team here, everything they’re doing, the difference that they’re making for people, they’re helping turn people’s lives around.

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham

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