Unit 5, 153 Great Ducie Street,
Monday to Friday
19:00 - 21:00
Saturday to Sunday
17:00 - 19:00
Centre Point North, Team Vow, The Myriad Foundation, North West First Aid, Not Just Soup…and all of our amazing staff and volunteers.
Computer and phone access
Signposting & referrals
Emergency food parcels
Young Persons (16-25) support
CWP support (Cold Weather Provision)
Sept 2013, Craig White died of a heroin overdose in a car park in Cardiff, he was the brother of Risha Lancaster, one of the Coffee4Craig founders, Coffee4Craig began as a reaction to his death and a desire to make the world a little better for those who find themselves on the streets. Risha and Hendrix Lancaster started giving out coffee on the streets of Manchester that same month and it grew from there. The demand for hot drinks went above and beyond the initial expectation of Risha and Hendrix and they felt a calling into the homelessness sector. With a small group of volunteers and supporters starting to grow, we developed an outdoor 'street kitchen' three evenings a week in Piccadilly Gardens.
Coffee4Craig, Lifeshare, and CAN team together to start Coalition of Relief Network. This forum is for grassroots charities and organisations to work together and support each other in providing a better service for rough sleepers. The work from this forum has subsequently led to the Manchester Homelessness Partnership and the first Manchester Homelessness Charter. Coffee4Craig launches a food bank in Salford to support people who are living in poverty and those who are at risk of becoming homeless. Coffee4Craig launches its 'Education is Key' programme, working with young people in schools and universities to educate them on the issues surrounding homelessness, food poverty and mental health. In 2014, there were 47 rough sleepers in Manchester.
Here in Manchester, we have had a dramatic increase in numbers, the likes that have never been seen before and it is increasing every day.Here in Manchester, we have had a dramatic increase in numbers, the likes that have never been seen before and it is increasing every day.
Coffee4Craig partners with Centre Point North and moves its three-days-a-week street kitchen into a seven-day-a-week indoor drop-in centre, together with other homelessness charities Vow and Myriad. In 2016, there were 78 rough sleepers in Manchester.
Coffee4Craig works with Manchester City Council for the third year running to provide Cold Weather relief. The charity provides an outreach service to tackle the challenges around new psychoactive substances (‘spice’). In 2017, there were 94 rough sleepers in Manchester.
Coffee4Craig fosters business partnerships with companies around Manchester and is nominated for a TSB Local Pride award. In 2018, there were 123 rough sleepers in Manchester.
Coffee4Craig continues to develop its services and begins the process of expanding into the social enterprise sector, to provide a more sustainable financial future to protect the vital work the charity does, hopefully, one day it is not required.