Supporting Jo*

Jo *was homeless and sleeping rough at Manchester airport when they came to our Cornerstone centre for support. Unable to claim benefits, work or secure a place to call home, they asked our team to help. 

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Jo had been sleeping at the airport and came to our Cornerstone centre for support. 

They started to volunteer straight away, giving them access to a weekly bus pass and a way to spend their time productively.  

Within a week of attending, they had been supported to contact housing and secure temporary accommodation through the council. Since then they’ve received free eye care from our Visioncare drop-in, applied for a national insurance number which enabled them to apply for benefits and they have now secure paid work.  

We also celebrated their official name change by deed poll with a signed card and some cake.  

Jo says that our team has been like a family to them and although they no longer require our support, they continue to visit and see staff and people that access the service. 

*Name has been changed 

Help more people like Jo*


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    We can only continue to support communities in Greater Manchester and Lancashire thanks to people like you. There are lots of ways you can help.

  • Two men in hi vis yellow jackets with caritas logo one with back to camera and one facing him

    We have more than 260 amazing volunteers.  Will you please join them so we can continue supporting even more local people?

  • Take part in an event, join our campaigns, take on a challenge or sponsor a room or activity.  You could even become a sponsor or corporate supporter.  Do it your way…

  • People sitting at tiered seating in lecture hall listening

    Shouting loudly, calling for justice, or taking action with others in your local community…there are lots of ways you can make a difference.

Where your money goes

It costs £12,000 per day to provide the level of service and support being delivered in Caritas projects across Greater Manchester and Lancashire.

Which means that everyone who needs it is able to access urgent practical help required, as well as any advice and support that will help them for the long term.

Every single donation matters because it means nobody is turned away or left behind.

These are just some examples of how your donation could be used to provide critical support – right now – or help someone begin to transform their own life with dignity.

  • £30.06
    is the cost of professional suport to someone facing a crisis
  • £86.00
    is the average cost of a weekly shop for a family of four people
  • £112.16
    is the average energy bills for a month for a 2-3 bed home
  • £1,500
    is the cost to sponsor one of our rooms for a year, preventing someone from being homeless
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