In 2016, as Manchester’s homelessness and Spice crisis made national headlines, we began to fund Lifeshare, a local charity focused on supporting young people who are sleeping rough in the city-region.
The Trust’s funding supports a Resettlement Worker, who works closely with young people to build a network of support and a pathway to sustainable housing. The Worker provides dedicated, personal support to young people who have previously fallen through the net of statutory or voluntary sector support.
Lifeshare works with clients over several months, supporting them through a person-centered pathway to resettlement, tailored to each individual’s needs and circumstances. Using a strengths-based approach, the Resettlement Worker builds on clients’ skills and interests to develop strong relationships, which in turn allows clients to become more confident in advocating for themselves.
Working with partners across Greater Manchester, this programme has supported over 150 people and enabled 40 people to move into and sustain accommodation long term.