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What does Coffee4Craig do for the homeless?As a charity, we offer a 7 day a week drop-in from our base, The Meanwhile, Unit 5, 153 Great Ducie Street. Manchester, M3 1FB. We are open for anyone who is street homeless between the hours of 18.00 - 20.00 Monday to Friday & 17.00 - 19.00 Saturday and Sunday. During office hours we operate an advice service, some of the staff team are located at other services and carry out support sessions on the street including working at the Street Engagement Hub with GMP.
What does the C4C drop-in offer?The drop-in offers respite from the streets, hot food cooked by our very own chef, showers, clean clothing, toiletries, haircuts, conversation with staff and volunteers, snacks, hot drinks, water refill point, medical support, emergency crisis intervention and advice.
What about during the winter, do you offer shelter for people?Coffee4Craig does not directly offer accommodation (yet) but we do support the Homeless Partnership and MCC to offer an out of hours service for referrals and allocations into accommodation when the temperature drops below zero. This is commonly called SWEP (severe weather emergency protocol) or CWP (cold weather procedure) Since 2016 we have gone above and beyond to provide an opportunity for people on the streets to access emergency accommodation to preserve life during minus temperatures. Historically we have run night shelters in church halls, provided staff to support existing housing providers to take in more individuals, funded hotels and worked through the night to provide support when it is a matter of life or death.
Does C4C work with other charities and groups?Yes, absolutely!! Coffee4Craig is a founder member of The CoR Network (Coalition of Relief). As a network CoR was instrumental in the inception of; 1. The Manchester Homelessness Charter 2. The Manchester Homelessness Partnership 3. The Real Change Manchester (formally The Big Change Mcr) 4. The ongoing open dialogue between Manchester City Council and the 3rd sector. We also supported streetsupport.net from the beginning, Hendrix worked with Manchester City Council to produce a street giving and support guideline and best practice format for any new groups wanting to start giving support to people experiencing homelessness. We are in attendance and represented at various meetings with professional bodies, other charities etc…Including being on strategic and scrutiny boards; GMCA - The Mayor for Manchester GMP - Greater Manchester Police MCC - Manchester City Council GMMH - Greater Manchester Mental Health Body CityCo and other charities we work with; On the Out, Mustard Tree, Barnabus, Booth Centre, Lifeshare, CentrePoint, Reach out to the Community, NHS - Urban Village & MRI, Street Paws, Riverside Housing, CGL and various housing providers. We have also been invited to speak at various events or forums including; The European Parliament 3 times, The local council scrutiny meetings, Health, Homelessness and Housing, The Samaritans Annual Conference, The Lord Mayor Celebration Dinner, The annual conference for housing,
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