The Manna helps people who are homeless or who are struggling in other ways. We are a project belonging to St Stephen’s Church. Most of the helpers are members of the church. You won’t get ‘preached at’ here, but please let us know if you’d like someone to pray with you.
What happens at The Manna?
While you are here you might want to…
Have a shower - We’ll give you socks, boxers/knickers, shampoo, soap, comb and a razor (free of charge). Please keep the shower room tidy and try to finish your shower in 10-12 minutes. You may need to come early before a session to get in the queue!
Get your washing done for £1 - speak to a volunteer. We can’t promise to do it straight away, but if you are happy to leave it with us, we’ll get it done in a few days. Important - make sure you collect your laundry promptly as we can’t store it.
Get a change of clothes - this is for people who have a real need for clothes. Clothes are donated by church members and local people and so at times may be in short supply. Just look on the rail.
Get your mail - If you are a rough sleeper you may have letters delivered to our address here that can be collected three times a week.
Play some pool or table tennis - (Tuesdays only) or join in our small groups (see below).
If you need some help...
Speak to our key workers Kate and Anne. They will listen to you and suggest solutions if you are not sure which way to turn. They are able to put you in touch with lots of support services. You can arrange to meet outside of session times if you'd like, or our worker can accompany you and advocate for you at appointments etc. Help with benefits, budgeting, housing or looking for work.
Speak to a drugs, housing or alcohol outreach worker. Speak to staff from CASA every Wednesday or the team from St. Mungo's on a Friday morning. We also work closely with gambling charity BetKnowMore UK.
Or just have a chat with a volunteer.
Small Groups – All Welcome
Gardening Join our gardener in the park next door to exercise your green fingers on Wednesdays
Cooking Learn to cook a healthy meal on Fridays 10 am – 12pm with Kemi our Catering Coordinator.
Prayer Service Join us for a short service on Wednesdays 3pm to pray or think about those in need.
Manna Singers Fun singing at 3:30pm on Wednesdays with Belinda and Rick.
Art Group Wednesdays from 1 – 3pm with Eva
Poetry Group Wednesdays from 1 – 3pm with Stephen
Outings - Join us for our weekly outings each Thursday, ranging from museums to walks to pool tournaments!