• Latest Update - 13th June 2020

    Update on the phased reopening of our services

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  • Books Forever Appeal

    Books Forever Appeal

    Donate new books and help transform the lives of local children.

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  • Mum and baby

    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.

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  • 150 Years of Supporting Local Children

    In 2019 we recognised our 150th anniversary as a charity. We have a long and varied history but our focus has always been to support families living in poverty in Manchester and Salford.

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  • SmartStart image


    Our SmartStart School Uniform project helped thousands of children last year with uniform items along with the 'Back to School' essentials such as lunch bags, stationery and school bags.

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  • Christmas Appeal 2019 Thank You!

    Christmas Appeal

    Every child deserves a special Christmas.
    Thanks to your generosity we’ve been able to help 1,430 families with over 12,000 toys and treats.

    How to help


Latest Update – Phased reopening of our services

13th June 2020
An update on the reopening of our services.

Manchester City Council – Freephone helpline to support the vulnerable

31st March 2020
Freephone helpline to support the most vulnerable in Manchester.
Help is available if you need it. Call 0800 234 6123

Spring 2020 Newsletter

20th March 2020
Our latest Newsletter has landed!


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“In my 30 years of social work I have never seen families in such dire financial hardship as widespread as it is today. There is a sense that they are held responsible for the poverty they live in and being judged for this.” bit.ly/3fN7npB #Poverty #Manchester #Salford

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@PaulDuxbury @BulliesOut @CAFTcharity @CountrysideL @manchdogs @MSCFoodbank @tide_carers @Kidscan_UK @DementiaUK @nationaltrust @FrazzledCafe @LIONAID @YoursimPal @RNLI Morning Paul, thank you for your ongoing support, we always appreciate it. Hope you have a great week.

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Big thank you to @OpenMoneyUK for raising over £1,000 towards #SmartStart with their remote raffle and guessing the weight and time of birth of a colleagues new baby – congrats Ryan! Their generosity will help us provide 29 children with new uniform #Manchester #Salford #Poverty

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Coronavirus hasn’t gone away in Greater Manchester. Help protect you family, friends and community and #StopTheSpread Play your part #SpiritOfSalford #COVID19 orlo.uk/tgiXT

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Greater Manchester’s parks and green spaces are important for our wellbeing, but they also give wildlife homes and food. 🌷🌳 Help IGNITION improve our green spaces by filling in this survey 👉 orlo.uk/nCiLB

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