Helping Manchester’s rough sleepers guide

Advice on street giving for rough sleepers from Manchester City Council

Manchester City Council’s advice is that street giving doesn’t help rough-sleeping people in the long-term. Even if the person receiving the money has a real need, the benefit of cash in hand is only short-term. MCC is therefore supporting the Big Change campaign. Big Change works with charities, voluntary and public sector organisations to provide long-term solutions to homelessness.

Rather than just helping rough sleepers to survive on the streets, Big Change encourages people to give effectively. This is done by pooling all of their donations in order to get rough sleepers into housing.

It pays for necessary things and materials people need to obtain, furnish and maintain a home. These include:

  • property deposits plus the first month’s rent
  • costs of travel to get to their new home
  • practical items such as pots and pans, bed linen or a sofa
  • clothing for job interviews
  • education and/or training courses.

The organisations who can apply for these funds can use the quick application process to be given money almost immediately.

How you can help

Donate at and share this link on social media.

Text ‘REAL01 £1’ to 70070. Or, you can donate more by simply typing £2, £5, £10, etc. instead.

You can organise a fundraising event at work, school or university. You can also donate your time and skills as a volunteer.

For more positive ways to help, please visit the big change website

Other help can help you to find the best services and support for homeless people.