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Project information

Real Change Rochdale

We turn your loose change into Real Change for people who are homeless in our community.

Together, we can make a difference.


Charity information: Real Change Rochdale at The Sanctuary Trust

Real Change Rochdale at The Sanctuary Trust logo
  • Need


    Here in Rochdale we have many great charities and projects working to tackle homelessness, but there are still barriers they face in helping people move away from the streets.

    Too often, this barrier is lack of money for simple things that many of us would take for granted: the cost of a rent deposit, the right ID to register for welfare benefits, or a bus ticket to get to a new job.


    Real Change Rochdale uses your donations to remove these barriers by purchasing practical items for people who are homeless or at risk in our area.

    Working together with local charities, you can be sure your donations are going on things which will make a positive difference, accompanied by the support so people can make the most of them.

    Everything you give in Rochdale goes to people who are homeless in Rochdale, and combines with other's donations to have the biggest impact.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Purchase practical items which directly help people move away from the streets or avoid homelessness


    » Raise funds from people, communities and businesses to distribute via partner charities on practical items people need to rebuild their lives.

    What success will look like

    Success is ensuring that no one needs be homeless or beg in the streets of Rochdale.

  • Impact


    By working with local charities, initiatives and projects who are already tackling homelessness, we will help people away from the streets, prevent others from ending up there, and plug the holes in the safety net that people too often fall through into homelessness.


    To ensure that grants made by Real Change Rochdale are spent on the practical items which will make a difference to people's homelessness, we will:

    - only purchase items through Registered Partner Charities, and never hand out cash
    - put all applications for items over £100 to an Independent Panel including people with lived experience of homelessness
    - require the applicant to provide a receipt or proof of purchase within 1 month


    We will provide monthly records of all grants given out to the Action Group of local charities, and a regular newsletter to all donors and supporters who wish to receive them.

    Real Change Rochdale is a genuine partnership and would be delighted to talk with you about homelessness in Rochdale.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,500 Items <£20 Small items such as bus tickets or phone credit which are required on the day
      £2,500 Items <£100 Medium items such as ID or clothes for a job interview
      £5,000 Items >£100 Larger items such as rent deposits or training courses so people can get back to work
  • Background


    Real Change Rochdale works across the Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale, from Milnrow, Wardle & Littleborough at one end to Middleton & Heywood at the other.


    Anyone who is homeless or at risk in Rochdale Borough will be able to apply for a grant through a Registered Charity Partner.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Real Change Rochdale is a true partnership of local people and organisations working to tackle homelessness in our area.

    Partners include Sanctuary Trust, Petrus, Rochdale Borough Housing, Rochdale College, the Bond Board and Riverside housing group.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sanctuary Trust - Pass It On Scheme

    The Pass It On scheme is led by people with lived experience of homelessness, and collectively Chairs the Action Group.

    Rochdale Housing Initiatives (RHI)

    RHI is a well established social enterprise working with health & housing in Rochdale. RHI administers grants on behalf of Real Change.

    People With Lived Experience Of Homelessness

    This campaign is led by people who have been homeless and know what it takes to turn your life around.