Edward Holt House opens its doors
On the 28th March 2014 the Booth Centre opened its doors to a newly custom-fitted building aptly named, ‘Edward Holt House’ after the ‘Edward Holt Trust.’ This much-needed move means that the centre’s service users can now access up-to-the minute advice, shower & changing facilities, hot & cold food, activities and of course a warm welcome – all in a pleasant, purposeful, drop-in centre.
An array of activities are available to the Booth Centre service users, which means there are a host of live-changing possibilities too. From arts & crafts, through to gardening cooking, theatre and opera, there is something to suit everyone. Whether it’s growing fruit and veg in the centre’s greenhouse or taking part in one of their IT drop-in sessions, positivity, encouragement and personal goals are within reach. What’s more, in addition to providing an escape from the obstacles of everyday street life, these activities are a fantastic way to build confidence, learn varied skills and gather self-esteem too.
Let’s take a closer look…
As you are probably aware, theatre is not only great entertainment, it also has a multitude of benefits especially for those taking part. In addition to channelling emotions and energy in a creative way, performance provides an opportunity to explore everyday issues, alongside some of the greatest stories ever told. Recognising the powerful potential of performance, the Booth Centre has continued to integrate theatre and opera, into their arts schedule. As well as regular sessions with Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre and Opera North (to name but two prestigious organisations) the Booth Centre’s own Theatre Company now proudly presents numerous in-house productions.
This year’s seasonal show is, ‘A Christmas Carol’
The Booth Centre Theatre Company invite you to watch their magical version of a Charles Dickens’ classic – A Christmas Carol. Performances last approximately 1 hour and there is even chance to enjoy a little festive cheer with some pre-show refreshments.
Performances are: 18th December @ 2.30 and 6.00
Tickets cost £3.00, with all proceeds going to fund activities, advice and support of Manchester’s homeless.
We all need a sense of achievement in our lives, a place to belong and a space in which we are not judged – the Booth Centre provides exactly that. Such opportunities at the centre enable service users to access more positive choices in life. For instance, this year 46 Booth Centre service users undertook work placements, a figure which is predicted to double. And that’s not all…. In 2014, 79 service users gained qualifications and 35 found employment.
A place to call home
Having a place to call home is something so many of us take for granted, however too many are not lucky enough to have such fixed accommodation. …and that’s where the Booth Centre steps in.
Are you aware that in 2014 the Booth Centre helped 170 people secure a new place to call home and 123 homeless people return to living with family and friends?
Regular events run by the Booth Centre give everyone a chance to get involved in raising vital funds for the homeless community. One amazing example of this is their annual, ‘Manchester Sleepout’ which challenges members of the public to leave the comfort of their warm beds and sleep on the streets. Held at Manchester Cathedral in 2013 & 2014, this event is a real eye-opener and a chance to raise essential funds.
For a quick look at some of the up-and-coming events for 2015 why not visit www.boothcentre.org.uk?
You can make a difference
Nobody should ever have to live their life on the street and with help from the Booth Centre, those who are currently without accommodation can access vital facilities, support, advice and opportunities.
Of course such life-changing work requires constant funding and this is where you can make a difference.