Celebrating Arts and Homelessness Worldwide
During April 2015, in collaboration with Streetwise Opera and People's Palace Projects we hosted a group of visitors all the way from Brazil as part of With One Voice, an initiative to celebrate the importance of supporting homeless people through the arts.
Amanda Croome, our CEO, will join a group travelling to Brazil in November, including Pete Churchill from Choir with No Name; Terry O’Leary of Cardboard Citizens; Paula Lonegan of Crisis Skylight; Paul Ryan of Café Art; Beth Knowles, a Labour councillor involved in homelessness, and someone with experience of being homeless in Manchester. They hope to pilot the Homeless People’s Movement in Manchester which could have significant ramifications for homelessness policy in the UK.
Find out more about this exciting project here.
With One Voice 2014-16 is produced by Streetwise Opera in partnership with People’s Palace Projects and is supported by Arts Council England, British Council Brazil (as part of Transform), and the Calouste Gulbenkian UK Foundation.
On Friday 6th November hundreds of people will join The Manchester Sleepout to highlight some of the hardships that homeless people face every single night. Brave participants have accepted the challenge to sleep outside Manchester Cathedral to help raise awareness and funds for the work of the Booth Centre.
The Manchester Sleepout will raise funds to help the Booth Centre to continue to help people move off the streets and make positive changes to rebuild their lives, just like Dave…
‘I lost my job, my relationship broke down and I ended up homeless. I slept rough for 7 months, it was a very dark and scary time in my life. I heard about the Booth Centre through other people on the street and I went along for some help. They helped me get into stable accommodation, and with the support of the centre, I’ve been able to stay in my own flat for 4 years now.
They are always there for me, even though I’m not homeless anymore, they’re still helping me every single day. I volunteer in the kitchen at the centre. It gives me a purpose to my day, a reason to get up, and it’s my way of helping other people like the Booth Centre helped me.
I would encourage anyone who’s thinking about it to get involved with the Sleepout on 6th November. You can experience first-hand a small part of what people have to go through every night, and by supporting the Booth Centre you’ll be doing something really good for homeless people in our city. Nobody should have to live on the streets.’
Sharman Birtles, The High Sheriff of Greater Manchester, is proud to be amongst the participants for the 2015 Manchester Sleepout. During a recent visit to the Booth Centre, Sharman told us why she wanted to get involved:
‘I’m lucky, I have a home and a warm bed, and a support network around me. This is my small way of helping those in our community who aren’t so lucky and have to sleep out on the streets night after night. I really admire the work of the Booth Centre, so I wanted to do my bit by joining their Sleepout this year.’
The Manchester Sleepout has been kindly supported by staff at local tea room, Propertea at Manchester Cathedral, so participants can look forward to a breakfast treat after their challenge under the stars!
Anyone interested in joining the Sleepout for the Booth Centre can register here or by contacting the centre on 0161 835 2499.
We are currently recruiting for 3 new members of staff. A Senior Support Worker responsible for our Activities Programme and 2 Support Workers.
Closing date for applications: 5pm on 10th September 2015
Interviews: 29th September 2015
More information on our Jobs page
A group of Booth Centre volunteers were invited to accept our Queen's Award for Voluntary Service and treated to a special afternoon tea at Gorton Monastery this week.
Together with Booth Centre CEO, Amanda Croome, the group joined the 21 other voluntary organisations from Greater Manchester in receiving the prestigious award.
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK. We are delighted to receive this in our 20th anniversary year - a fitting way to thank our volunteers for their continued hard work and commitment.
Read more about the award and the other winners here.
We have a great opportunity for a volunteer looking to develop skills and experience with a small charity in the area of fundraising administration. If you are organised, have basic computer skills and some experience in customer service or events, this could be the role for you.
Working alongside our Development Manager, tasks might include:
This opportunity would be great for a student over the summer or a recent graduate looking to gain experience of fundraising. We will provide full supervision, training and expenses as well as a reference and support to find future personal development opportunities.
We are looking for someone who can commit to volunteering for at least 6 hours per week on weekdays between 8am and 4pm. We can be flexible according to your other commitments.
If you're interested in applying for this role please send a current CV and covering letter to email@example.com, or call her on 0161 835 2499 for an informal chat.
We are delighted to announce that The Booth Centre has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
The award is a fitting way to mark our 20th anniversary celebrations in 2015. Over the last 20 years the Booth Centre has welcomed over 10,000 people who were homeless or threatened with homelessness and has helped over 2,000 people to move off the streets and find new homes. The Centre has also increased the skills and confidence of over 3,000 people through our Activities Programme, enabling people to gain over 700 nationally recognised qualifications and supporting over 400 people to get back into employment. This is all in addition to serving more than 550,000 free hot meals and over 3 million hot drinks.
The Booth Centre has only been able to achieve this with the support of its volunteers. Over 500 people have volunteered at the Centre over the last 20 years and many of these people have experienced homelessness themselves and have wanted to give something back after the help they received themselves.
Lawrence McGill the Booth Centre’s gardening volunteer and Amanda Croome the CEO attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on 20th May where they met the Queen and other winners of this year’s award. Lawrence picked up tips for the garden back at the Booth Centre, which he has created along with other volunteers who use the Centre.
The Booth Centre is one of 187 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of awards handed out to groups have increased by over 60% from 2014, due to an increase in high quality applications, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to tackle community challenges.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.
The Booth Centre will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of Manchester later this summer.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Martyn Lewis CBE said:
“I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups who have been rewarded for their community work with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The judging panel for this year’s awards were struck by the quality and breadth of all the successful groups. The thousands of volunteers who give up spare time to help others in their community and to help solve problems demonstrate the best of democracy in action.”
Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said:
“I would like to congratulate all groups who received this year’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, in recognition of their fantastic achievements. The hard work and commitment that goes into the work of these organisations is surpassed only by the passion and motivation of the individuals who volunteer. I hope these groups continue to inspire others to get involved and make a positive impact so that we can continue to build a bigger, stronger society.”
Amanda Croome, Booth Centre CEO, said:
“With increasing levels of homelessness, services like the Booth Centre are needed more than ever. We are very proud that our volunteers have been recognised for all the hard work that they’ve done over the last 20 years. We are always looking for more volunteers who have time during the day and would like to support homeless people in our community.”
See a list of all the deserving winners here.
After their highly successful production of 'A Christmas Carol', we are delighted to announce that the Booth Centre Theatre Company will perform their summer show 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Booth' on Friday 26th June.
As part of our activities programme we offer regular music and drama workshops in partnership with The Edge Theatre and Arts Centre. Thanks to funding from Arts Council England, the Booth Centre Theatre Company helps people to develop new skills and increase their confidence by getting involved with regular rehearsals and working towards a public production.
There will be two performances of 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Booth' at 2.30pm and 6.00pm on Friday 26th June. Tickets will be priced at £5 with all proceeds going towards the Booth Centre's work supporting homeless people in Greater Manchester.
Tickets will be on sale soon, but in the meantime save the date and email Amy to register your interest as space will be limited.