Spirit of Manchester Awards

We are thrilled that Amanda Croome has been selected to judge the Spirit of Manchester Awards this year.

These awards celebrate the work of thousands of voluntary organisations, community groups, charities and social enterprises in Manchester.  It’s important to recognise, support and encourage volunteers and local voluntary action, especially as it has such a positive impact on the well-being of people across the city of Manchester.


Amanda Croome is Head of Homelessness for Caritas Salford

Amanda has over 30 years’ experience of working in the voluntary sector in Manchester.  Over this time she has championed the cause of ending rough sleeping and homelessness and was awarded an MBE for her services to people who are homeless.  She has been centrally involved in setting up the Manchester Homeless Partnership and working to bring together voluntary and faith based organisations to work with people who are experiencing homelessness, and with statutory services and the business community, to tackle homelessness.  Amanda was the CEO of the Booth Centre for 26 years before moving to her new post of Head of Homelessness for Caritas Salford in December 2021, where she is responsible for the Caritas’s homelessness services in Manchester and in Greater Manchester and parts of Lancashire.  Amanda is passionate about the need to involve people who use our services in designing, delivering and evaluating services and in the power of the voluntary sector to bring about this change.