In 2010, I became homeless when after losing my job I simply couldn’t afford to pay my rent. I applied for council housing and was not considered a priority being a single male over 25. I spent over 6 months living rough on the streets of Manchester, this was the most challenging period of my life and it took its tool physically and mentally. I used food banks, pop up soup kitchens and emergency shower units. I stayed in hostels, abandoned buildings and anywhere I could find where it was safe and I was out of the wind and cold. I vowed that if I ever got back on my feet I would help others in similar situations.
I was helped by friends and a homeless charity from Bolton, Greater Manchester. After seeing first hand the positive impact that charities like this could have on the Homeless community, I founded Middleton Community Trust in 2011. We have since become a registered charity and since the organisation opened, I’m delighted to say, wih the help of our partners Tesco fareshare and Lidl we have provided over 15000 meals and sleeping bags to the hungry and homeless of our city.