Help give Warrington’s children a Christmas to remember

The council’s neighbourhoods in Warrington team is running its Christmas Toy Appeal for the eighth year. The initiative helps families who are struggling to buy presents for their children. The team is asking for donations of new toys, chocolates, sweets, books and gift vouchers suitable for children up to the age of 16 – all […]

Social housing register has changed to better support city’s most vulnerable

The way social homes are allocated to residents on the housing register has changed to make sure the system supports those who need a new home most. The changes to the system will come into force today (Tuesday 3 November) following a major public consultation last year, which attracted around 2,500 responses.   Social housing will still […]

Funding success for 20 flats to be used to support homeless in Manchester

Manchester City Council has successfully bid for government funding, which will help to secure accommodation for some of the most vulnerable people currently homeless in the city. The Council has secured significant grant funding – worth £1.37m – towards the purchase of 20 one-bed flats by March 2021.  The total scheme costs, which includes funding for furnishing the properties, will be £2.7m with match funding provided […]

JustGiving fund in support of free school meals

Following the government’s decision not to extend free school meals to vulnerable families over half term, a JustGiving fund has been set up to provide support to those businesses, organisations and community groups who have stepped in to provide food to families who are in receipt of benefits-related free school meals. The JustGiving page has […]

£110k digital inclusion scheme helps 400 Manchester residents get connected

Manchester City Council is set to distribute 400 Google Chromebook laptops to residents in need over the coming weeks, to them to stay connected with friends and family.   The Chromebooks, which will be gifted permanently and come with free internet data until March 2021, are being provided to Manchester residents who do not have […]

Liverpool Funding to help rough sleepers into new accommodation

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND. Outreach team speak to rough sleepers and homeless people in Liverpool city centre. Picture: Jennifer Bruce/Liverpool City Council. Liverpool has successfully bid for £745,000 from the Government to help rough sleepers housed during the pandemic into permanent accommodation. The funding, from the ‘Everyone In’ programme, will be used by the council to support […]

Manchester asks for £16.4m to save and support city’s music sector and venues

Manchester has asked culture secretary Oliver Dowden and chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak for £16.4m over the next two years to directly support fifty city music venues and organisations. The figure asked for follows close liaison over the last weeks and months during lockdown between the council, cultural leaders and venues of all kinds, […]