Lifeshare is Manchester’s oldest charity dedicated to supporting homeless and vulnerable young people in Greater Manchester.
Established in 1984, by a group of volunteers who recognised the lack of support for the city’s increasing number of rough sleepers, Lifeshare`s initiatives have become fundamental to the efforts of tackling homelessness in Manchester.
The charity started by providing food for rough sleepers from a burger van - before pioneering sexual health support and needle exchange for sex workers and those with drug dependency.
The last decade has seen Lifeshare at the forefront of the fight against Spice - a highly dangerous, cheap synthetic drug. Supporting young people with complex needs helps to guide them towards a better life.
Their ethos is that all people, regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, gender, level of ability or HIV status, are entitled to respect and dignity and should be afforded equal opportunities.
Lifeshare is a non-religious organisation and has no political affiliations.
Past District Chairman Christine Sivori, a member of the Manchester Club, has been closely involved in the charity for over 30 years - a dedication which earned her the most prestigious Inner Wheel honour -The Margarette Golding Award
Since the lockdown, three front line staff are supporting 61 clients and have taken on 8 new clients.12 clients have been found temporary or long term accommodation and food parcels are being supplied to all clients.
For more information on Lifeshare go to: www.lifeshare.org.uk/about/