The Fifth Big Sleep Out held on Friday 17th May to raise awareness and much needed funds to support homeless people was hailed as a great success! A record number of 116 sponsors slept out under the stars in the ground of the Xaverian College, Manchester. During the evening, Bishop John reminded us that ‘our brothers and sisters are in real need’ and that services such as Cornerstone ‘gives people a real sense of hope with its great happy family atmosphere that benefits so many people.’ Since opening Safe Haven night provision in November 2015, Cornerstone has increased the numbers of beds for homeless people to 30 every night.
Caritas services and parishes are servicing many homeless people throughout the diocese and one example of this service is the “A Bed for Every Night” scheme that has been taken up by parishes such as St. Christopher’s and Anne’s in Ashton. Homelessness and destitution is a growing problem in Manchester. Cornerstone creates a safe, welcoming environment for homeless people and those experiencing hardship by giving companionship, support and practical help. The Centre is run by both paid and voluntary staff offering food, clothing, housing advice and a range of emergency accommodation services including Safe Haven emergency accommodation. Access to IT, educational and health programmes help people take control of their lives and work towards stability and a hopeful future.
You can still donate to the Big Sleep-Out: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/2019bigsleepout
Cornerstone Day Centre, 0161 232 8888