Breaking down barriers. Improving lives.

We explore innovative ways of working, to help people with multiple and complex needs to overcome barriers and reach their full potential

Over the course of our eight-year programme, spanning 2014-2022, we will have had meaningful contact with at least 600 people going through recovery or rehabilitation in Manchester.

Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund’s 'Fulfilling Lives' initiative, we work with people experiencing multiple disadvantage, which we define as a combination of three or more complex needs. These may include drug or alcohol abuse, issues with mental health and emotional wellbeing, homelessness, offending or domestic violence. Most people we support have historically struggled to access or benefit from support services, and many are living chaotic lives.

Working together is key to what we do. The services we offer have been designed and developed with the help of local people who have experience both of multiple disadvantage and the support necessary to overcome them.

Shelter lead the programme but work with partners to deliver dynamic services:

We also work with many local organisations who share our ambition to achieve real, positive change for people disadvantaged by or excluded from the system.

“I’ve been supported in every step of my recovery” – Darren, who was receiving intensive support and is now a peer mentor

I’ve been supported in every single step
of my recovery.

Darren, former service user and now peer mentor

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