What would make someone choose to sleep on the floor next to their bed rather than in it?

What would make someone choose to sleep on the floor next to their bed rather than in it? Some of the people we support struggle so deeply with trauma that even when they have a home they find themselves struggling or completely unable to sleep in the bed, instead they choose to sleep on the floor, on their sofas or sometimes even spending nights back on the streets. Read more

Joining forces to protect people from life threatening illnesses

Imagine spending night after night in a cold damp doorway, with only a sleeping bag between you and the cold floor. The negative impact this has on your health is massive affecting every part of your body, but most of all repeated cold damp nights affect the respiratory and immune systems. Imagine facing another cold night on the streets but you are now coming down with the flu or a chest infection. Read more

Leaving a chaotic life behind

He was lost, without a home town, a support network or structure to his life unable to recognise or begin to address his mental health issues, Daniel was living a chaotic and transient life drifting between cities. Read more

Trapped In Poverty and Homelessness

Imagine you are trapped in poverty and homelessness, unable to find a home you can afford on universal credit, unable to find a job with no fixed address. You become trapped in temporary accommodation searching and hoping for an understanding employer or landlord to accept you. Unable to improve your situation no matter what you tried. This was the situation facing Sarah. Read more

Rising costs put peoples health at risk

The rise in the cost of living has been felt by nearly everyone in Britain but for people already struggling and on the verge of homelessness it can leave them to make nearly impossible decisions. Our resettlement team are now doing more prevention work with people at risk of homelessness who are struggling to afford the basics and keep a roof over their head. Read more

Helping Our Friends Recover Overcome Addiction

Our new Recovery Group is another important part of the journey off the streets. For those who are dealing with addiction, it’s a chance to talk about their experiences with peers in a safe, welcoming space. No therapists, no judgement, just a place to share. Read more

Partner Volunteer Scheme sees success

We started our Partner Volunteers program to help our friends succeed in their journey off the streets by building confidence, learning new skills and combating boredom Read more

A terrifying first night on the streets, to new hope for the future

James recently came to Barnabus after spending his first few nights on the streets, he was scared and very worried for his safety and his future. Read more

A Random Act Of Kindness

“We had this really fantastic morning, as I find most of the mornings at Barnabus are. It was just before Christmas, and it almost felt like a present.”  Read about an amazing morning our onsite NHS Nurse had in December Read more

Steve’s journey from mental breakdown to making progress

Steve’s* Barnabus story starts when he went through a very traumatic ending of his marriage. He moved away from his home to Manchester and soon found work, hoping to start afresh. But things didn't go to plan. For the first time in his life, Steve found himself sleeping on the streets – a scary and traumatic reality to face. He heard about Barnabus from another person sleeping rough, and decided to pay us a visit… Read more

Small steps towards a proper home after two decades on the streets

Dave’s* life had been dominated by rough sleeping for over 20 years. Despite coming in and out of temporary accommodation over this time, he had always returned to the streets – and had begun to call them home. Between 2019 and 2022, Dave came to Barnabus for his essentials and basic support. But then he suddenly began to engage more with our team. We began to get to know him more and find out why… Read more

Manchester Homelessness Partnership Saves Lives

Through this life threatening freezing cold weather the Manchester Homelessness Partnership has been working together to get everyone off the streets. However we are still seeing people come in after spending many nights on the streets in these sub zero temperatures. Read more