Could you help raise money for the centre by taking part in the Bupa Great Manchester Run? Registrations are now open!
Join 40,000 people for Europe's biggest 10k running event on Sunday 18 May 2014. Entries cost £38 (£31.66 plus VAT at 20%) which includes a T-shirt, medal, Finishers Pack and accurate chip timing.
Join the Booth Centre team and help raise money for our Centre. Once you've registered, just send us an email and we'll arrange to send you a Booth Centre running vest or t-shirt and a sponsorship form.
You can register for the event online, and there's lots more information on their website.
The Booth Centre has been shortlisted for a Lloyds Community Fund Award of £3,000 and the winner will be decided by a public vote.
We would use the money to set up a welfare fund to purchase basic furniture for people moving off the streets to help them to establish new homes in the community.
You can help us make this happen by casting your vote - it's quick and simple!
You can vote online or by visiting your local Lloyds Bank branch and asking at the desk for a voting token and casting your vote in the bank.
If you'd prefer you can vote by SMS too. Just text VOTE LQHB to 61119. Texts will be charged at your mobile network provider's standard rate.
You have until 1st November to cast your vote. Please share with anyone who may be interested in voting for us! Thank you.
We are thrilled to announce that we have secured new premises that will provide us with much more space and will allow us to greatly expand the help we offer to homeless people.
The building has been purchased for us by the Edward Holt Trust and is just a 5 minute walk from our current base at Manchester Cathedral. We have secured planning permission and are currently working with people from the Centre and a firm of architects to re-model the Centre so that it meets our needs. It is a large building project which will involve installing a lift as well as a brand new heating system, so it won't be finished until the spring.
We will maintain a close link with Manchester Cathedral who have housed us for the last 18 years. The Edward Holt Trust is kindly funding the cost of the refurbishment, however we still need to raise funds to equip the new building, and so we have lauched our New Building Appeal.
Tomorrow the Booth Centre's Streetwise Opera singing group will be travelling to London to perform at the British Film Institute on the South Bank in the premiere of The Answer to Everything. This is the culmination of two years of devising, recording, filming and rehearsing.
To coincide with the premiere, celebrated soprano (and Patron of Streetwise Opera) Elizabeth Watts, Duncan Ward and The Sacconi Quartet have generously allowed Streetwise Opera to release their recording of 'Lascia Ch'io Pianga' from Handel's Rinaldo as a single to raise funds. The track appears in a section of The Answer to Everything and also features Streetwise Opera singers from Manchester and Nottingham singing a chorus part devised by Duncan Ward. This is Streetwise Opera's first commercial release.
You can download the track for just £0.79 - all proceeds will go to help fund Streetwise's work at the Booth
Centre and around the country.
If you can't get to London to see the performance then we hope you'll download the single and listen to this unique track, which will give you just a flavour of the unique opportunity the Booth Centre gives homeless people to take part in professional opera singing with all the benefits of increased confidence, and self esteem that it brings.
A Night at the Opera
10th May, 2013, 7pm
Streetwise Opera's Manchester leaders present a glittering spring-themed evening of opera arias and show tunes. All funds raised will go towards Streetwise's workshop programme at the Booth Centre, Manchester.
There will be a raffle, tea, coffee and a cake sale in the interval.
St James and Emmanuel Church, 6 Barlow Moor Road, Didsbury, Manchester M20 6TR
Tickets: £7.00 adults / £5.00 concessions
Available to buy on the door or online at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/boxoffice/select/HXjQiakBmzoD
More information here http://www.streetwiseopera.org/night-opera
All proceeds go to Streetwise Opera's work in Manchester at the Booth Centre.
On Friday 9th November over 100 people decided to brave cold and wet weather to sleep outside Manchester Cathedral to raise money for the Booth Centre.
Around £15,000 has already been raised through the event with more donations to come, which will have a significant impact on the work the centre is able to do. Amanda Croome, manager of the Booth Centre said "This is a particularly challenging time of year for people who find themselves homeless, and as the nights get colder and wetter it's vitally important that we're able to help people get off the streets and into suitable accommodation. This boost to our funds will make a huge difference to our work."
Although the event gave participants a glimpse of some of the hardships homeless people have to face each night, organisers were committed to showing some of the positive changes the work of the Booth Centre can have on the lives of local homeless people. "One of the activities the centre runs is a weekly singing workshop in conjunction with Streetwise Opera and Opera North. We staged a mini opera during the sleepout involving some of the people who use the centre regularly, and it was great to see such a positive reaction to their performance."
Among those taking part in the event was Helen Varley, who works for CBBC in Salford Quays. "It was an amazing experience but also a harsh insight into the life some people have to lead. I felt the winter chill in my bones, my sleeping bag was soggy, and the hard ground and noise made sleep pretty impossible - I think I got 30 minutes kip all night! I don't think anyone who was part of the sleepout will ever take a warm bed for granted again and I'm proud and pleased that we have all come together for such a great cause."
Thank you to everyone who took part and made this such a successful event. We'll update you with a final total when we've finished collecting all the sponsorship raised!
Why not get into the Christmas spirit and help support our work with a fun-filled evening of music with fantastic local opera singers (and Streetwise Opera Workshop leaders) Elise Dye, Gavin Bailey and David Owen-Lewis. Let them entertain you with classic opera and musical numbers and join in with a festive singalong with Streetwise performers from the Booth Centre.
When: 17th December, 19:30 - 21:30
Where: St. James and Emmanuel Church, 6 Barlow Moor Road, Didsbury, Manchester.
Tickets are £8.00 for adults and £6.00 for concessions. You can buy them from the Streetwise Opera website or on the door.
On Friday 25th November 35 people decided to brave the cold weather and sleep outside Manchester Cathedral to raise money for the Booth Centre.
The event raised over £5,000, which will make an immediate difference to the work the centre can do. Amanda Croome, manager of the Booth Centre said "The number of homeless people in Manchester has increased recently and the Booth Centre is doing everything it can to ensure that as few people as possible end up rough sleeping, and those that do are able to get off the streets as quickly as possible. This boost to our funds will make a real difference to our work."
Although the event only gave a glimpse of what life on the streets is like, we wanted to make sure that those participating understood the reality of sleeping rough. "We asked two people who have slept rough in the past to give everyone taking part a true picture of what it is really like to sleep out, how dangerous and demoralising it is and also to explain how they have rebuilt their lives with help from the Booth Centre."
Among those taking part in the event was Jill Southern, who works at St Thomas Primary School in Leigh. "It was a great experience. I did get a couple of hours sleep, but I'm lucky enough to be able to come home to a warm house and a cosy bed afterwards. The evening really made me appreciate what I've got."
A huge thank you to everyone that took part and made this event such a success! For photos of the event please see our facebook page.
The staff at GVA Grimley's Manchester office adopted us as their charity of the year - and so far they've raised a whopping £3,000 for us by running a series of events, including cake sales that were very popular with everyone!
They dropped by the Centre on Wednesday to present us with a cheque for all the money they've raised, which we can use right away to make a real difference to the lives of homeless people in Manchester.
We'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone from GVA Grimley that has been involved in this fundraising.
If you'd like to find out more about how you can help raise funds for the Booth Centre through your organisation, please take a look at our corporate giving page or get in touch.
Since we relaunched our website in 2010 we've been thrilled by the amount of support you've shown - whether it be through taking up the volunteering opportunities we advertised, participating in our campaigns, or by fundraising for the centre. You have also given us a huge amount of feedback, which gives us a fantastic opportunity to improve what we do and how we do it.
One of the things you've said you would like to see improve is the ways in which you can make donations online. We are delighted to announce that as of today you can give money to the Booth Centre online through our JustGiving page.
By using JustGiving to manage donations we hope to make it easier and faster for you to give to the Booth Centre, and it also opens up opportunities for more flexible ways of giving that we couldn't accommodate before, such as donating through PayPal or by donating a regular sum each month.
It also makes it much easier for us to claim Gift Aid on donations, meaning we will spend less time processing payments and more time where it's really needed - providing advice and activities for homeless people.
You can find out more about JustGiving at their website.
If you have any questions, feedback or ideas on these changes please post them in the comments section.