We are a small volunteer group (now growing). My sister Julie and I (Wendy) were introduced into this field by two lovely guys, who ran Tuk Tuk Tuesdays. Named so, because of the Tuk Tuk van they used to drive around in. Ash & Colin are both also very busy with other amazing work in the volunteer sector, and alas the little van isn’t great through the winter months. You will see them around Manchester as soon as the weather will permit the van to be on the road.
Following on from their work, and our involvement, we formed the Streets Ahead Group in November 2014 – named so from a newspaper article run on us, by the Oldham Evening Chronicle, as you will learn more about later, and can also see on our Blog page.
Right from the start with Tuk Tuk Tuesdays, our food & beverages have been purchased through donations. We started to ask for a small donation in the salon (Streaks Ahead Chadderton), if anybody had any refreshments. I am glad to say we have very kind hearted clients. All of the clothes we have collected, have been donated and we have also approached businesses and asked them to donate a tent or two, with great success I might add.
The salon was broken into in November, and amongst other things, the money we had raised for Tuk Tuk was taken.
When this became public knowledge, the public response was phenomenal. We were so overwhelmed & are forever grateful.
Already on a whirl wind, little did we know, that giving a member of staff at the salon a week off, would give her the time on her hands to contact the press.
She had seen an article in the paper of someone giving out soup to the Homeless in Manchester for Christmas. I must say she got a little bee in her bonnet, and apparently she ranted to her husband, that someone was in the paper for giving out soup. ‘Do they know what Wendy does?’.
Until this time we hadn’t really thought about what we did. We just did it. We had provided homemade food, sleeping bags, tents, underwear, support, warm drinks and much more.
Now, as a result of Kelly’s’ press call, we landed ourselves on the front page of the Oldham Evening Chronicle (please see our Blog page). The amount of people that supported us is truly amazing. We had people donating clothes, money, food, and even a turkey to cook & take on Christmas day.
We have also made contact with Cristina Cornforth. A private landlord that goes the extra mile for people in no win situations. She provides accommodation for the Homeless or those about to become homeless.
After meeting with Cristina, we have also received donations too for re homing. Yet again our wonderful friends and clients came into action. Cristina had just rehoused two homeless guys. We put a request on Facebook Friday evening, and by Sunday morning we had a fully loaded van.
There has been people off Facebook that we had never met asking how they could donate; we were reduced to tears some days.
I must say, we have had so many offers of help, in so many ways too, and It is so good to now have volunteers on board. It makes it so much easier being able to make extra teams whilst in Manchester, as It’s a very large area to cover & there seems to be an increasing number of genuine Homeless around too.
From these occurrences, we decided set up our public Facebook page – STREETS AHEAD – and yet again we have grown.
We also work alongside Cold Night’s run by Dawn Igoe, whom we have provided a link to, they also do some amazing work.
We would like to whole heartedly, thank you all for your continued support. Please find us on Facebook where I can speak to you, or on Twitter @2StreetsAhead where Jason will be happy to help with any questions, information or other enquiry that you may have.
This website you has been brought to us, and you, by kind donation from: – Andy Powell & his Team at: –
Caffeinated Projects Ltd
We thank you from the bottom of hearts guys.
Wendy, Jason and the team.
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Weds, Thurs & Fri 09:00 – 17:00
Saturday 09:00 – 15:00
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