Number of homeless families across GM has risen by 1000%
Homeless children living in temporary accommodation across GM
2 years is considered an average 'temporary' placement
The number of homeless families across Greater Manchester currently exceeds 1500, with evidence showing hidden homeless and hidden households equate to 10 x higher than official statistics.
In the last three years, the number of homeless families in Manchester has risen from approximately 144 to 1250. Statistics indicate 1 in 59 children in Manchester are homeless or in temporary accommodation.
When you look to Greater Manchester, Oldham has seen the second largest increase in the number of homeless children over a five-year period – with a 1400% increase.
These figures provide only a glimpse in to the current extent of this growing issue!
With levels reaching crisis point, Shared Health Foundation has been working with agencies and council teams, as well as families with lived experience of homelessness, to investigate the difficulties being faced.
A snapshot of some of the work we are doing:
Producing our insight report and proposals for change.
We've presented findings from our initial scoping work which highlights then extent of homelessness among families and the impact this has on health and social outcomes in both the short- and long- term.
We have proposed changes which need to be implemented to protect the wellbeing of a growing number of affected children across GM.
Read our report HERE.
Faith Sector and Cultural Partnerships with B&Bs.
Creating intentional links with ground level community and faith organisations to reduce isolation and improve well being and quality of life for those living in temporary accommodation Practical support is offered and a consistent base and contact which is much needed during transitional periods.
Forest School Trauma Intervention Programme.
Aiming to build resilience, create unique community support opportunities and provide a safe space where children can feel a sense of belonging. Forest School interventions have been shown to positively impact education and learning in other areas.
Connection Building and Supporting Local Businesses.
Supporting local businesses and initiatives to grow whilst developing relationships with those in the community most at need. Such as:
- The Birthday Stars Project - Providing parties, entertainment and gifts so no child feels left behind or forgotten.
- Manchester Museum - Providing bespoke behind the scenes creative sessions for our children in temporary accommodation. They provide a safe space for play and education whilst empowering the children to guide the programme.