Christmas Markets to give helping hand to homeless

Collections for the Big Change homeless fund will be at Manchester’s Christmas Markets for the first time, and visitors will be able to offer their support to help homeless people this festive season.

The yellow collection tins will be placed around the markets until they close on Wednesday, 20 December (Thurs 21 December on Albert Square), and look out for volunteers from the homeless accommodation provider Riverside and other members of the Manchester Homeless Partnership including the Council who will also help collect donations from this weekend.

The Big Change campaign is a central fund for more than 20 charities, with support from Manchester City Council and CityCo, which has helped hundreds of people move their lives forwards and begin to build an independent life away from the streets.

The Big Change fund supports individuals who are homeless by paying for items they need from a deposit for a home to clothes for a job interview, furnishing for a new flat, or travel costs.
The fund has already collected £120,000 in donations and supported 704 people through grants. Donations can also be made online at where you can also find out more about the Fund's work.

Eleanor Watts, Chair of the Big Change Fund, said: “Christmas can be a particularly challenging time for people who have lost their home and the support we provide during the season has a hugely positive impact on people’s lives.

“It’s fantastic that the Christmas Markets are doing their bit for the Big Change Fund this year, and I would also like to thank the many volunteers who are giving their time to support homelessness this festive season.”

Stuart Goulden

Lead Consultant