Manchester man rebuilds life after homelessness

A man based in Manchester has spoken about how sleeping pods at Cornerstone Day Centre helped him rebuild his life.

On a video on social media, Azad talks about how homelessness turned out as a positive effect on his life.

Speaking to Northern Spark Productions, he says: “When I came here I was homeless. At that time I had nothing. So when they give [sic] me a place to stay, [because] I was poor.

“After volunteering for 6 months here, there was a chance to get employed here.

“Now I am a member of staff helping people with Benefit applications, learning [how to use] computers, job-search [sic]. It was like the ‘Cornerstone’ of starting a new life.”

Cornerstone is a day centre providing services to vulnerable and disadvantaged adults. It welcomes people from all backgrounds and operates a policy of non-discrimination.

Cornerstone Safe Haven Night Shelter was born out of the fundraising from the Cornerstone Big Sleep-Out. It is a project providing 2 beds and a warm dry safe place to sleep.

Over the last three years the Cornerstone Big Sleep-out has raised around £150,000 which has made a huge impact on the service that Cornerstone provides.

Manchester has become the hotspot of many rough sleepers, as the numbers keep growing, each year.

According to recent statistics from Manchester based Brydon Court the number of people sleeping rough on the streets has increased significantly in the past six years.

An innovative hostel for homeless people, called Stop, Start, Go has opened in October in a bid to help the homeless.

The centre has 12 beds and provides accommodation to rough sleepers. They will receive support to get into education, employment and a permanent home.

Shelters and homelessness organisations have started to take action in order to end poverty and help people like Azad.

TNT News Ioanna Kyriakou

Photo Credit: CaritasSalford

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