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Our History


The Beginning

Sept 2013, Craig White died of a heroin overdose in a car park in Cardiff, he was the brother of Risha Lancaster. Coffee4Craig began as a reaction to his death and a desire to make the world a little better for those who find themselves on the streets.

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Street Kitchen

January 16 2014 Coffee4Craig started the first static C4C street kitchen on Piccadilly Gardens Manchester, with Northwest first aid, this became 3 nights a week between 7pm and 9pm Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

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Coalition of Relief

2015 Coffee4Craig, Lifeshare, and CAN team together to start COR (Coalition of Relief Network.) This forum is for grassroots charities and organisations working together to provide a sustainable long term support for people sleeping on the streets in Greater Manchester.

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Manchester's Homlessness Charter

Coffee4Craig started to work with MCC on the Cold Weather Provision ensuring people sleeping on the streets got shelter when temperatures hit zero and below.

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C4C moved indoors to host seven nights a week from Centre Point North on Oldham Street, Manchester.

Working with CentrePoint, MCC, North West First Aid, Team VOW and all the amazing teams who cook with Not Just Soup and all the fantastic volunteers who make C4C what it is, a family.

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Andy Burnham

GMHAN was launched by Andy Burnham (Greater Manchester Housing Action Network) including Coffee4Craig, charities, organisations and businesses in Greater Manchester and ABEN (A Bed Every Night) was born.

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The Street Engagement Hub 

Coffee4Craig continues to run their 7 evening a week drop in from Centre point. while working with MCC GMHAN to provide essential services for people sleeping on the streets. 

The Meanwhile Dropin Group

Moving to 
The Meanwhile

February 14th Coffee4Craig have to temporarily close the evening provision and move out of Centre Point, but have found a building and start renovating the site so they continue their essential work.


& beyond...

Coffee4Craig continues to work around the restrictions of the Pandemic, working in the homelessness partnership to ensure people continue to be safe through the pandemic and cold weather.

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