We are delighted to be supporting work by the charity Embassy, a Manchester-based charity, taking the approach to tackling homelessness in the city. Their aim is to create a new community in Manchester that will provide much-needed wrap-around support for the city’s homeless and vulnerable men. Embassy wants to provide a safe environment to enable them to get back on their feet. They now have a number of homes across Manchester, Salford, and Bolton that provide residents with their own rooms.
In 2019 they began their journey by reproving a luxury tour bus to provide emergency shelter and support for vulnerable adults. However, due to COVID-19, they had to, unfortunately, close their operations. During this time they have been reinventing what they can do and have come up with a new approach to tackle homelessness.
The Embassy team is looking to repurpose shipping containers to create a village of 40 new high-quality permanent modular homes, each with its own front door. There will also be a village hall which will become a community hub and training and mentoring facility for the residents. The village will be watched 24/7 by the experienced embassy team, along with a reception pod to ensure site security. The village hub will contain a high-quality outside space with plenty of greenery, a multi-use sports area, a space to grow vegetables as well as external eating and socializing areas. The project is generously being supported by Peel L&P and CAPITAL&CENTRIC.
The project will provide a safe and secure home for people who are homeless or at the risk of being homeless with in-house start-to-end support and routes into work. Embassy’s approach is to reintegrate vulnerable people back into society by helping them to find work and a home of their own, reducing the pressure on local councils. helping to build residents’ confidence and life skills so they can contribute to society; offering them a hand up, not a handout.
How will it operate?
The Embassy team estimates that each resident will live on-site for an average of six months before being ready to start their next chapter in life. The Embassy operates as a housing provides rather than a shelter and all potential residents are interviews and triaged, and only those who are ready and crucially keen to work are offered accommodation. Each resident will receive over 6 hours of one-to-one training each week from the team.
Embassy has an incredibly strong track record of getting vulnerable people back into work and they work with a number of local businesses that provide job opportunities to the residents.
View ITV’s video report here: https://www.itv.com/news/granada/2021-02-11/plans-to-build-village-for-homeless-people-under-manchesters-railway-arches
A Grono Message
Grono is incredibly honored to provide the artificial grass for this project and contribute to a remarkable project. We wish the Embassy team all the success in their new project and we can’t wait to see the finished result.
If you would like to find out more about the project or show your support, visit Embassy’s website on: https://embassyvillage.co.uk/“