The Booth Centre has lots of activities planned for people to get involved with over the festive period including Christmas lunches, films, quizzes and performances from our theatre and opera groups.
Contact the team on 0161 835 2499 for a copy of the Christmas timetable.
We will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
There will be no ESOL café over the Christmas period, the last session is Friday 12th December. ESOL café will begin again on Friday 16th January.
Announcement about EEA benefit claimants in the Autumn Statement
It was announced in the Autumn statement last week that the ‘genuine prospect of work’ assessment is to be introduced to migrants who have been claiming JSA prior to 1 January 2014. This test is already being applied after 6 months to those JSA claimants from EEA countries whose claims started between January and November this year, and after 3 months to those claiming from November.
An EEA national with a jobseekers allowance claim made prior to January, who currently has passported Housing Benefit, and who fails the genuine prospect of work test, would lose both their JSA and Housing Benefit.
We are not yet sure how this test will be applied, but it could have far reaching implications for jobseeking EEA migrants with current Housing Benefit claims.
The Booth Centre Reconnections Service is available to any EEA national who would like to return to family or work in the UK or Europe. We are able to arrange transport and travel documents where necessary. The service has returned 81 people between April and December. If you have anybody who wishes to return to their home country or needs support to access a firm work opportunity in the UK or another EEA country, then please contact us for more information.
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Breakfast is available to everybody from 9am-10am. Face to face advice is available to EEA nationals from 9am-12pm and agencies can contact us for information and advice Monday to Friday between 8am-4pm.
We are looking to recruit a Kitchen Supervisor to run our training kitchen. This worker will be responsible for supervising the preparation of a free breakfast and lunch, training/supporting/supervising a team of volunteers, ordering, maintaining food safety standards, promoting health and well-being including working with our gardening project which grows produce for the kitchen and maintaining records.
Applicants need to be enthusiastic, reliable, energetic, positive, flexible, creative and non-judgemental with experience of working in the catering industry and supervising trainees or volunteers. The Booth Centre has an open door policy and is extremely busy resulting in this role being both demanding and varied, so the ability to multi-task and excellent customer service skills are essential.
Hours: 25 hours per week – 8am to 1pm Monday to Friday
Salary: Living wage £7.65 p.h. + 10% pension
Holidays: 25 days pro rata + bank holidays or days off in lieu of bank holidays
Closing date for applications: 18th December 2014 at 2pm
Interview date: 6th January 2015
The successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced DBS check
An application pack can be downloaded here.
Manchester Cathedral was the fitting backdrop on the evening of Friday 7th November as hundreds of people joined the Booth Centre’s Manchester Sleepout. Now in its fourth year, the Manchester Sleepout helps to raise awareness of the hardships faced by homeless people every single night. Over 200 brave participants took on the challenge of sleeping outside the Cathedral in freezing temperatures for one night only; helping to raise vital funds for the Booth Centre.
The Booth Centre offers activities, advice and support for the growing number of homeless people in Manchester. Over 170 people visit the centre each week, most are facing numerous challenges on top of their housing issues such as alcohol or drug addiction or severe mental and physical health problems.
People taking part in the Sleepout heard just how their support was helping to change lives, as two people from the centre who have previously slept rough in the city described their harrowing experiences. One courageously spoke about what it was like to be homeless:
‘Being homeless means you’re rejected by society, you are worthless and it feels like there is no hope. Thanks to the Booth Centre I have been given a future. They helped me find work and encouraged me to take part in their drama workshops. I have my confidence back and I can stand up here and talk with pride about my life, I no longer feel worthless.’
Before bedding down for the night outside the Cathedral, guests were treated to a special performance from the centre’s Streetwise Opera group. The Booth Centre offers weekly opera workshops which help to improve self-esteem and confidence and provide a fun activity for people going through a particularly difficult time in their lives.
The Manchester Sleepout was generously supported this year by Work Solutions Family Support Programme. Lorna Wilson, Service Manager, took part in the event with her team and spoke of their motivations:
‘We were extremely proud to support The Manchester Sleepout for the Booth Centre as we understand the significant challenges faced by homeless people in our community. One of our aims as an organisation is to help people to tackle the barriers to accessing employment and training opportunities in order to build a more positive future. Like the Booth Centre, we empower people to overcome the issues that may lead to unemployment or homelessness and so felt this event was a great opportunity to do even more.’
Despite the opportunity to sleep inside the Cathedral, the majority of the 200 participants lasted the whole night out in the cold in a show of solidarity towards Manchester’s homeless. It is hoped the event will raise over £40,000 for the Booth Centre to help them to continue to offer support, advice and activities for some of the most vulnerable in society.
You can show your support for The Manchester Sleepout by donating at: www.localgiving.com/boothcentre
Photo by Andreas Andrews www.AndreasAndrews.com
Senior Project Worker (maternity cover)
We are currently recruiting for a Senior Project Worker (maternity cover). We are looking for an enthusiastic, reliable, energetic, flexible, creative and proactive person who will be responsible for running activities, organising volunteer work placements and supporting people to move on to employment, education, training or voluntary work in the community.
Closing Date For Applications:
12noon on 21st November 2014
Download an application pack here
We are proud to be part of an exciting partnership with Business in the Community and The Mustard Tree. The Manchester Employment Task Group sees all three agencies working together to offer advice, guidance and training to help homeless people make a fresh start and find work.
Over the past three years, 400 people have gained employment as a result of the partnership, with 730 benefiting from training, education or volunteering. Amanda Croome, CEO, Booth Centre says: “It is only through collaboration and partnership that we can offer a life-line to people facing homelessness in Manchester. Booth Centre is proud to be part of a partnership that prevents homelessness and rough sleeping by giving people access to the right support they need to access employment and build a better life for themselves.”
Read more about this innovative Manchester partnership here.
Tickets are now available for The Booth Centre Theatre Company's production of A Christmas Carol .
Venue: The Booth Centre
Date: Thursday 18th December
Time: 2.30pm or 6.00pm
Tickets: £3 each
Please come along to see the show and enjoy festive refreshments beforehand. There will be two performances, the first at 2.30pm and the second at 6.00pm, each lasting for around one hour.
Find out more and reserve your tickets here.
Thanks to the team at www.roughsleepers.org we have received some helpful maps which show the appropriate support services for people sleeping rough in Manchester. The homeless services maps are in waterproof re-sealable wallets which are helpful for storing other important documents.
The website and the maps are a great resource for people who find themselves sleeping rough for the first time and are unsure where they can access help. You can find directions to our new centre on Pimblett Street as well as information about 18 other agencies in Manchester.
Find out more: www.roughsleepers.org
Contact: Jim Codd, Project Manager at Rough Sleepers - firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of this year's Spirit of Manchester Festival hosted by Manchester Community Central, we invite you to come and join us for a day of art, creativity and fun on 26th September.
We will be showcasing the excellent work produced by people who use the Booth Centre. You will be able to see some fabulous art work, video productions and some live performances from our opera group.
Refreshments will be provided so please come along, have a look at our new premises and see what we have been up to.
RSVP to: email@example.com
Date: Friday 26th September
Venue: The Booth Centre, Edward Holt House, Pimblett Street, Manchester M3 1FU