R came to the Booth Centre in July of 2020, in the middle of the pandemic. At that time he was covid positive and needed emergency accommodation in order to self-isolate. Manchester City Council’s rough sleeper’s team helped source this on the day.
After his self-isolation was complete, he was accommodated in the EU men’s project SPIN. After some time gathering evidence and directly working with the Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit he was able to secure settled status. He was then able to move into a room in a shared house.
During this time, R had continued to use alcohol, this made it difficult for him to find and hold down employment. R wanted to find work and improve his English. To help with this, the Booth Centre offered him a volunteering role at the Centre. R has been volunteering with the Booth Centre now for a number of months and has drastically reduced his drinking. R’s volunteering role has enabled him to have structure and purpose.
He has now been able to obtain agency work and volunteers with us in between his shifts
We support the Greater Manchester wide A Bed Every Night (ABEN) scheme with SPIN…