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Donated Goods

Barry, project leader of Nourish, is always on the look out for contacts and sources for the Food Cl…

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Answered prayer

Michelle, project leader for Restart, recently heard that the location of her weekly drop-in was clo…

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It all adds up.

Projects, Operation Joy and Restart, recently made a successful funding bid that covered a proportio…

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What an impact!

Receiving feedback is hopefully helpful, this was amazing! Mary tells us what happened today... Toda…

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Despite the passage of time...

Nick, our Chaplain, looks back over the past few months in which he has been a part of the Prison Ch…

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Operation Joy moving forward...

Exciting new developments at the Operation Joy drop-in in Oldham. The Operation Joy drop-in at Soul …

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A God Ordained Appointment

Paul, from Operation Joy, can often go quite long periods between seeing individual members of the h…

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What part are you?

Although disappointed that assemblies have been cancelled due to Covid this week, Mary, project lead…

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Hearing about Manchester City Mission

Our Operations Support Co-ordinator, Dave, visited long term supporters of MCM Glenbrook Chapel yest…

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The hunt is back on

Cath, our Next Stage Housing Co-ordinator, is back on the hunt for a house... As the New Year has be…

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New Times

The Family Food Fayre Food Club at The Windsor Centre is changing it's times from next week. Inca…

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What question would you ask?

Terry Durose, Director of Manchester City Mission and Chair of the City Mission Movement : UK, is as…

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Do you spot the answers to your prayers?

It is so easy isn't it to pray and forget to look for the answer, it must happen all the time! Even …

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Wednesday New Life Group

Nick, our Chaplain, runs a weekly New Life Group in the Narrowgate Support Hub, here at the Windsor …

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Prayer recommendation

Our street workers are so well known and respected that their regular contacts recommend others in t…

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Thank you Jenny

Director of Manchester City Mission, Terry Durose, said good-bye and thank you to Jenny Lemmon at th…

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Covid cancels Soul Children: Saddleworth choir launch

Debs and Mary from Groundbreakers were looking forward to launching Soul Children: Saddleworth choir…

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When a flat becomes a home

Ryan, from Operation Joy, helps a client turn his flat into a home. Operation Joy has been working w…

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An apartment for Christmas

Cath, our Next Stage Housing Co-ordinator, was thrilled that one of her clients recieved the keys fo…

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Joy at receiving a Bible

If Paul, from Operation Joy, say's he'll get you a Bible, he means it. He tells us here of a recent …

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Making a difference one life at a time

God uses Restart and partners to put a roof over the head of a vulnerable young woman this Christmas…

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Answer to prayer

Despite children being excited by news of the Soul Children choir starting next week, very few had s…

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Local support matters

Barry, our Nourish Project Leader, is encouraged by local financial support for the Food Club as mem…

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When plans have to alter...

Paul tells us how God used changed plans to touch a woman in need. MCM Missionaries can often find t…

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From client to volunteer

Great things have been happening at the Operation Joy Drop-In in Oldham. Ryan tells us how two of th…

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Welcomed to visit and pray

Michelle visited a brothel with bags of hope and all the women were happy for her to pray. Restart w…

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Prepared

Nick goes into prisons across Greater Manchester as a member of the Chaplaincy team, this week he sa…

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Terry on USB Radio

Terry was invited by Ruth O’Reilly-Smith, presenter and producer of UCB’s “This is My Story” program…

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Groundbreakers on the radio...

After nearly two years producing online assemblies for primary schools, Mary & Debs finally made it …

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Sholver Community Centre Children's Party

Groundbreakers were asked by Fresh Church if they would run the games for a community Children's Chr…

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Volunteers Sign Up

Ryan, from Operation Joy, has been recruiting volunteers to work with the street homeless community.…

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Set an alarm...

Mary & Debs are on the radio! Mary and Debs from Groundbreakers will be on Mike Shaft's show on BBC …

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It's Christmas!

Well, nearly anyway! Barry has published the Food Club opening times for the Christmas and New Year …

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Groundbreakers in the spotlight

Mary, from Groundbreakers, was interviewed today for a Scripture Union publication... At the recent …

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Nick's resilience pays off!

After four weeks with little sign of progress, Nick, our On The Wing Chaplain, tells how the "Living…

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Keeping in touch

Paul, one of our Operation Joy missionaries, missed his usual time on the streets of Manchester due …

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Clear Call Newsletter (No. 33) Winter 2021

The latest edition of Clear Call, our regular newsletter, has been dropping on people's door mats th…

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Answered prayer for a friend of a previous client

From sleeping in a van to his own flat, it all came together as a result of prayer for the friend of…

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Moving in the right direction

Michelle (Restart) has been working with 'A' after her life became particularly chaotic recently. As…

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"Just One Question"

Ryan (Operation Joy) asked a client, ‘P’, to consider the answer to one question, the next day ‘P’ h…

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The Food Club, Bury

Great news from Nourish this week, the Food Club, Bury launches tomorrow - Friday 26th November Link…

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“I want that Jesus in my life…”

Michelle (Restart) tells us of the joy and hope a recent Acts435 gift brought to a client. While mee…

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Resilience rewarded!

Paul's (Operation Joy) resilience in going out on one of the wettest Manchester days he's ever exper…

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One reaps another sows

God used colleagues, Ryan (Operation Joy) and Michelle (Restart), to bring ‘G’, a client of Michelle…

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Soul Children: Saddleworth choir to launch in the New year

Debs and Mary are working with St Thomas' Delph church to launch a Soul Children choir on Tuesday 11…

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The data shows Food Club members more confident now regarding mental well being than before the Club started.

The Food Club recently conducted an anonymous questionnaire, the resulst show the positive impact th…

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Harvest Giving

Our Nourish Co-ordinator, Barry Matley, says, "It was great to meet up with Wes and Margaret from Br…

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Working together

Ryan from Operation Joy has been working with two gentlemen that have both made decisions to follow …

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Lendlease volunteers make a difference

It was great to be reunited with Lendlease again after all the amazing help we had from them when th…

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God knows...

"God knows everything about us", Debs had said in a lunchclub. "Even that I'm being bullied?" ask a …

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Bank the Food app

Barry Matley, our Nourish Co-ordinator, was interviewed by BBC Radio Manchester's prestenter Mike Sh…

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Online assembly applied...

Groundbreakers are delivering a blended programme of online and face to face work this year, the onl…

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Recommended

Narrowgate Next Stage Housing helps a lady find find her own place to live, and with the finances an…

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Waking up on Sunday morning and wanting to go to church

Ryan, from Operation Joy, has been running a drop-in in Oldham for a whiel now, change takes time bu…

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"Why focus on prisoners?"

Nick our chaplain tells us why he is focusing on prisoners and the importance of God's grace to each…

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"It was great to see the children get so much out of it..."

The Headteacher of an Oldham primary school is looking forward to working with Groundbreakers again …

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How does BanktheFood work?

People often say, "What does the Food Club need?" The BanktheFood app answers the question for you, …

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Prison Bible Study Group

Our Chaplain, Nick, tells us about being dropped into the deepend with his Prison Bible study group.…

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Diary of a Disciple motivates class more than anything this term...

Mary and Debs from Groundbreakers visited a new school this week and the children loved the workshop…

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Now Operation Joy has a Drop-In in Oldham too...

It quickly became apparent when the Restart Drop-In opened in Oldham recently that the men experienc…

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More Time More Contacts

Paul increased his route around Manchester and offered prayer for old contacts as they are about to …

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Download the app

Nourish, our Food Poverty project, is now registered with the BanktheFood phone app, download it and…

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Support from inside

HMP Manchester used to support the night shelter, now our Nourish Food Club is their chosen charity …

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Keys to the door

Finally a client of Cath's, our Next Stage Housing Co-ordinator, gets his one bedroom flat. Caths te…

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WOW!

Assembly interupted by a boy exclaiming "Wow!" Debs, a member of the Groundbreakers team, was delive…

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Widening influence

Chaplain thanks God for increased opportunities in the Greater Manchester prisons. Nick, our Chaplai…

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Being back in schools is more than just the planned activities.

Back in schools and the Groundbreakers team are being recognised by children in the shops and by sta…

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Satellite makes impact

The Nourish team are looking to help a customer from the Satellite Food Club who is unable to get to…

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Helping at a distance

Restart put young person from Oldham in touch with help while they are living in Birmingham. Last we…

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Things we take for granted...

Help to purchase a countertop cooker means 'J' can prepare himself a proper hot meal. 'J' has been c…

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That's why...

Paul Winter bumped into members of the Roma community that he'd last seen 18 months before and came …

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Right Person Right Time

Restart client take right steps after talking with a new volunteer. At Restart this week we had a re…

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From Drop-In to Rehab via prayer.

“…when I woke up on the Sunday all I could think about was going to church” ‘VH’ had met Ryan and Sa…

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"I Thank God for you"

Every conversation is important! Having finished the Restart street work for the evening, Michelle g…

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What one thing did 'C' want Paul to pray for?

Remembering birthdays makes people feel valued, and it also important to know what their immediate n…

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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…