Sam’s Story

Sam, who is homeless in Manchester has been rough sleeping since he was 16, he spent most of his childhood in different children’s homes and had never met his birth parents.

Growing up without his parents around and without the mother or father figure most of us have was difficult he told Pledge.

We asked him about friends and relationships, and sadly he says there are no friends to make or keep.

“When living on the streets, there are no friends to be made, and it’s hard to make any relationships. It’s a lonely place to be.”

Asked about the worst thing about being homeless, he says being tarnished with the same brush as other homeless, some that may have committed crimes.

“There’s a tendency for the public to think we’re all the same, and we’re not”, Sam says.

Thinking toward the near future, Sam tells us he’s not looking forward to Christmas, where he wanders the streets on Christmas day, unlike the rest of the Manchester wrapped up at home, he will be spending it the city centre, alone.

Sam, who says he welcomes support from charities and local services, doesn’t see his situation getting better on the street. His story isn’t unique, either, we come across more people like Sam every day in our walk around Manchester city centre.

Sam agreed to share his experiences to highlight the real stories of those living on the streets of Manchester. Pledge works with Sam regularly, and we actively direct him to local services to get the help he needs, and we also provide warm clothing to ensure he stays warm and dry.

Fin’s Story

Fin Pledge Ambassador

Who are you?

Hi, Finlay Hayes, I’m a Pledge ambassador.

Which matter to you most when supporting a charity like Pledge?

For me, it’s supporting a local charity, that helps local people.

Why is it essential to support a local charity versus a national charity?

You can make a difference in your local community, and when a charity is just around the corner, there is a greater sense of accountability.

Why should we care about those who are homeless and those who are rough sleeping on the streets of Manchester?

Manchester’s community is made up of those with and without a roof over their head. With homelessness growing in our city, we need to combat the issue and address the questions and problems within society that cause people to find themselves on the street. Mancunians are known for their warmth and hospitality, and we need to ensure those most in need have the community helping them to get back on their feet.

What about the facts around homelessness?

Education on homeless is still weak, and many people either do not know the reasons that lead up to people finding themselves homeless or are blindsided by preconceived perceptions of those on the street which prevent them from wanting to help.

Become a Pledge Ambassador

Being an individual or corporate ambassador for Pledge is about being part of a movement, a local ethical cause that means something to the community. We welcome ambassadors from all walks of life if you care about those living in poverty and want to make a difference, welcome to the team.