It’s all about the goals

We can and will do more. It’s a saying I’ve always told myself. It’s always been there in the back of my mind. I’ve found it very helpful and it’s certainly helped to shape the services and projects I’ve started up. Numbers of people using the services of Salford Loaves and Fishes is rising. With…

Support, don’t deport.

I Stand against the rough sleeping Immigration Rules New changes to the Immigration Rules that make rough sleeping grounds for refusing or cancelling a person’s leave to remain in the UK will make the fight against homelessness more difficult than ever. These potential changes are going to further damage a system that’s already broken. Rough…

Salford Loaves and Fishes

Around 6 months ago I started a new job as Chief Executive Officer at Salford Loaves and Fishes, I’m new to Salford and did not really know the area very well after working for the last 20 years at The Wellspring homeless charity in Stockport. The difference between Salford and Stockport is huge, Stockport is…

Step up don’t step back

The pandemic has been a very challenging time for many homeless charities and other homeless organisations. Lots of services have closed their doors to vulnerable people and used the pandemic to reshape their services. This is all well and good and will have some benefit. However it’s also had a negative effect as charity’s have…

Hatching a plan

It’s been sometime since I posted on here! I first started this blog as a training exercise on how to use wordpresss. I only put it together for me personally but it’s become a useful place to store articles and links to media items that I’ve been involved in. Homelessness is rising, rough sleeping is…

Changing times

Trends in homelessness are constantly changing. In order to keep a frontline service relevant and productive, the services must change with the times. We can’t just keep on doing the same things, the same way. Homelessness services must be prepared to adapt and evolve to meet the demands of an ever changing client group. Times…

Spice things down a bit……

The use of the synthetic drug Spice is fast becoming a serious problem and is having a detrimental impact on the lives of homeless and disadvantaged people in Stockport and Manchester as well as lots of other parts of the UK. Spice is a New Psychoactive Substance that is a man made chemical version of…

Begging in Stockport.

Stockport Express update 22-02-17 Jonathan Billings Project Manager The Wellspring.   I am becoming increasingly concerned with the number of people who are currently begging in Stockport town centre. I was speaking to a person who was begging close to Mersey Way last week for around 5 minutes. During this short time 3 members of…

Don’t be alone this Christmas.

Stockport Express Update 14-12-16 Jonathan Billings Project Manager The Wellspring   The festive period can be a very difficult time for people, especially people who are rough sleeping or homeless. Shelter one of many homelessness charities are reporting a 30% increase in homelessness nationally over the last 12 months alone, this is very much in…

Stockport Express Update 7th December

Stockport Express Update 07-12-16 Jonathan Billings Project Manager The Wellspring We would like to express our thanks to everyone who has made donations to our two Christmas campaigns. Both have been really successful so far but it’s not too late to donate! On Sunday 4th December we hosted the Rucksack project for the 4th year,…

DONT FEED THE HABIT!

Stockport Express Update 30-11-16   Jonathan Billings Project Manager The Wellspring   The Wellspring has been chosen to be on of 3 local charities that are being supported by a new endeavour run by the newly rebranded Cooperative stores in Stockport. When shoppers purchase any Cooperative branded items in the stores a percentage of the…

Outreach services

Over the winter months The Wellspring staff team will be providing lots of Outreach services directly on to the streets of Stockport and Manchester. The aim of this work is to engage homeless people with support services. On Sunday 4th December The Wellspring will host The Rucksack Project 2016. This encourages people to donate practical…