Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation

A Bed Every Night: Initiative to address homelessness in GM

A Bed Every Night is a commitment to provide a bed, welcome, hot meal and support over this winter. A Bed Every Night (ABEN) is for anyone who is sleeping rough or at imminent risk of sleeping rough in Greater Manchester and doesn’t have a current housing solution.

ABEN has now been running for two months, and is being delivered with help from a wide range of public, private and voluntary sector partners. As of the end of December, almost 550 people have been accommodated and over 130 assisted to move on to alternative accommodation.

There is a lot of work ongoing behind the scenes with buildings, maintenance, training staff and volunteers, gathering feedback and improving referral routes. However, there are still areas where more bed provision and more accommodation for people who are ready to move on is needed. There have been many people accessing ABEN who have more complex needs, including health related issues. However, there is more that can be done over the coming months. If you haven’t already done so, please get in touch with your local lead (below) or with helen.simpson11@nhs.net to find out whether you or your services could help to support individuals accessing ABEN.

For updated information on A Bed Every Night provision and to find out how to support someone who is rough sleeping in your area, visit www.streetsupport.net/gm.

LOCALITY ABEN LEADS
Salford: rachel.connelly@salford.gov.uk
Manchester: laura.stevenson@manchester.gov.uk
Oldham: moira.fields@oldham.gov.uk
Bury: ahmed.ajmi@bury.gov.uk
Tameside: sarah.evans@tameside.gov.uk
Trafford: wendy.greenhalgh@trafford.gov.uk
Wigan: joanne.casson@wigan.gov.uk
Stockport: molly.bishop@stockporthomes.org
Rochdale: ian.jolley@rochdale.gov.uk
Bolton: jon.powell@bolton.gov.uk