• Support for Families

    We support families living on a low income in Manchester and Salford, who struggle to make ends meet. We offer help with the practical things that can make a big difference to everyday life.

  • SmartStart

    We have been able to help over 2,600 children have a smart start to the beginning of the new school year by providing uniform and other school essentials.

  • Books Are GRRReat!

    Book Clubs

    We run Book Clubs in the school holidays to provide thousands of free books for children, to encourage an enjoyment of reading and improve literacy.

  • Heritage

    In 2019 we will be celebrating our 150th anniversary. We have a long and varied history but our focus has always been to support those living in poverty.


Clogs and Coats – The Mirror’s Wigan Pier Project

14th September 2018
Retracing Orwell's steps to Manchester and highlighting the work of Wood Street Mission.

SmartStart Back to School Quiz

3rd September 2018
Get revising and prepare those mind maps because our SmartStart Back 2 School Quiz is nearly here! Join us on Thursday 27th September.

Constructing A Summer Book Club

3rd September 2018
This summer we constructed what can only be described as the perfect Book Club, thanks to our friends over at Chandos Civil Engineering.



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We can still accommodate a couple more teams in our SmartStart Quiz next week. There's going to be some tough competition, some fab Fish and Chips, plenty of laughs and great company. If you're in the area then why not book on? We'd love to see you there #Spinningfields

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Can you help? We're trying to track down any of the ladies who featured in this 1974 photograph. We'd love to give them the VIP treatment at our '1970s weekend' event on 20/21 October. Spread the word!

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Fabulous venue with a big heart. twitter.com/mancmade/statu…

Called into @Sheridan_MCR this evening to have a nosey & catch up with some friends. If you're looking to be creative with your conference then check this place out, 5 mins out of city centre #Mcr, space for up to 1800 people, amazing in house catering (I had to 😉) #MancMade
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The @beeinthecitymcr shop closes tomorrow at 4pm, these cute wee bees would love a new home. Thanks to all our amazing shop team for their hard work, you’ve bee’n incredible 🐝❤️MCR #beeloveMCR #honeypot @wildinart @WIA_Ben

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Did you know that we equip children for school all year round but obviously with a particular focus on September. This week we had a great visit from the @turleyplanning Manchester office with donations for SmartStart. Thanks guys.

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Sep 22

How does #ukpoverty work? What would help to solve it? These doodles by @PaulBrook76 help to visualise some of the messages from our #talkingaboutpoverty work with @FrameWorksInst bit.ly/2MiRKr2 #solveukpoverty

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