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Freedom

A man who came seeking help as he struggled with his finances, finds faith following the Keys to Fre…

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Back To School

Groundbreakers have been welcomed back to schools for face to face assemblies. Mary and Debs have be…

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The homeless are not just on their own.

Michelle tells how she met a vulnerable young woman with two children on the verge of loosing her ho…

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Volunteer Day

A really big thank you to Mazars who have not only supported the Food Club financially, but gave us …

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Hope on the streets

Restart team hand out bags of hope every week. Michelle and Sandie from the Restart team are out on …

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Restart Drop-In

Meet the team... This is the team in the newly established, influential and specialised Restart Drop…

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The Lost Bible

Paul Winter from Operation Joy told us about a lost Bible recently. I had met L a number of times d…

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Dawn project able to visit care home

Last week Jenny, who heads up Dawn Project called in at Pendleton Court after leaving the mission. W…

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Life Saver

Barry tells us about a Food Club member from Spruce Court. We have recently had a new member come to…

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The small things matter

Remembering birthdays is an important part of Operation Joy. Around this weekend there are at least …

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Giving Support

Michelle, who heads up Restart, tells of support offered to a young woman referred to Restart. “The …

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Collaborative work in Oldham

The recently opened weekly Restart Drop-In in Oldham town centre, that is focussed on providing a sa…

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Not just accepted, but read as well...

It was a few Sundays after 'E' had requested a Bible that Paul met her again in Piccadilly Gardens a…

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Food Club in Pendleton flats

When we first started the Family FoodFayre Club at the Windsor Centre back in January we started wit…

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Job opportunity - Partnership Manager

Green Pastures and Manchester City Mission working together to eradicate homelessness in the next 10…

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Music while you wait

People coming to shop at our community food club have been arriving a little early and gathering at …

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Lights, camera, turned off for now...

Yesterday Groundbreakers sent out the link to their final assembly of the school year! Back in Septe…

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A Simple Bag Of Snacks

Paul Winter, Operation Joy, visits Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester city centre most Sunday afternoo…

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All Around The School

Mary, from Groundbreakers, is a member of the Oldham SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for RE). Foll…

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Spruce Court Family Food Fayre opens next Wednesday

Barry has been working hard to get the Community Room at Spruce Court ready. Wednesday sees the open…

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Finding Hope After 20 Years of Street Life

Ryan and his volunteer team, met in Piccadilly Gardens. After a short time of reading Hebrews 11, an…

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The End of an Era

On Friday 25th June Terry and Janet Durose visited Lionel Cook and his daughter Shirley at their hom…

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Bubble wrapped truth...

Paul Winter (Operation Joy) was out in Piccadilly Gardens at the weekend and came back a Bible light…

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New at Family Food Fayre

Working with Visit from the Stork CIC there is more on offer at the Family Food Fayre. Are you a par…

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Accomodation Opportunities

Contact Cath at Narrowgate Next Stage Housing if you are interested in either of these opportunities…

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Scripture Union Interview

Mary from Groundbreakers was interviewed by Scripture Union for their regular 95 News email, we are …

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Family Food Fayre is at Spruce Court

A satellite Food Club opens in Spruce Court. Last Wednesday, 14th June, Barry Matley from Mancheste…

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Operation Joy asked for a Bible in Piccadilly Gardens

Paul Winter from Operation Joy has been visiting Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester City Centre on Su…

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Stranded

Ryan listens to a man stranded in Manchester on his way home... Ryan, from Operation Joy, and a team…

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Clear Call

Have you had your copy of the latest edition of Clear Call? Contact the mission office if you have n…

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Birthday Celebration

One of the key tasks of Operation Joy is know when people are celebrating their birthday. I had got …

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New Opportunity for Prison Ministry

Since the closure last year of the Narrowgate Homeless Shelter, the team at Manchester City Mission …

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Resettlement

I have been continuing to work with those who were previously in the night shelter but who have now…

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Restart Drop In

Where do you go if you need help? It’s hard enough for you and me to get the help we need sometimes,…

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My cup overflows

Ryan (Operation Joy) and Michelle (Restart) went into Manchester City Centre to reach out to street …

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The food club

The Food Club started out in order to help child hunger and families in particular, that may have be…

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Journeying together

Peter was referred onto Ryan (Operation Joy) by Michelle (Restart). Ryan met with Peter in Manchest…

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Narrowgate Hub News

Since the closure of our “Narrowgate Homeless Shelter” due to Covid-19 we have continued providing …

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The Cottage

In November and December, we saw two residents move on from the cottage into their own flats. We wi…

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Green Pastures

Following the successful outcome of our application to Green Pastures, I am now actively looking fo…

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Unexpected opportunities from pandemic lock-down

Due to covid, the Dawn Project have been unable to go into care homes, so they have sent messages vi…

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We love to hear how schools have built on what we have done in Groundbreakers assemblies

In an assembly about the tongue and how we use it, we gave the children a way of thinking before th…

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Experience Christmas… Experience Easter!

A local team in Saddleworth, supported by Groundbreakers usually puts on Experience workshops at Ch…

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Turning Life Around

We are supporting another girl who has now come out of the sex work and is trying to change her life…

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Social media contact, Good News in the pandemic

The pandemic has placed limitations on street ministry, and the use of social media has been vital i…

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A prodigal returns

Ryan Ackrill was out in Manchester City centre visiting some homeless people, when he was drawn to a…

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A food club success story

A key part of the Food Club is our amazing set of volunteers, who go the extra mile to help our mem…

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What do you do when the school doors are shut, and you are a school’s worker?

Back in April 2020, I emailed the 34 schools we regularly visit to see if they would be interested …

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Peace for a family member

Ryan was on his way home from Manchester City Mission one night and decided to call at his mum’s to …

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On a recent evening out meeting the girls, we met a young woman who we’ve known for some time. It h…

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Helen back at the food club

With Covid-19 really affecting so many people, it was really encouraging to see Helen again at the …

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Salvation on the streets of Manchester

Ryan (Operation Joy), Michelle (Restart) and Emelda one of our volunteers, were out in Manchester, r…