Evicted soup kitchen finds new home

Trafford Housing has stepped in to offer a new base, so the charity can continue to be a lifeline for homeless people in the city.

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A soup kitchen that was forced to leave its building last month after 30 years is said to have found a new home at Limelight, a community hub in Old Trafford.

The community hub, owned by Trafford Housing Trust, feeds hundreds of rough sleepers in Manchester city centre, said to provide breakfasts at the weekends.

For decades, the facility has been based at the Charter Street Mission, which first opened its doors in the 1860s to provide free meals, clothing and education.

However, the mission’s trustees said the charity must vacate because the city-centre building is being redeveloped.

Trafford Housing Trust has stepped in to offer a new base, so the charity can “continue to be a lifeline” for homeless people in the city.

Lifeshare Trustee Robin Toal said: “We are delighted to have found a new home at Limelight for our Weekend Breakfast Service.

“For 30 years we have provided an essential service to people in Manchester experiencing homelessness and poverty, and we look forward to continuing the service with our new partners.

“Limelight’s facilities are fantastic, and we’re excited to explore new opportunities with the team there to provide better services and support to people in our community who need it most.”

Trafford Housing Trust’s Acting CEO, Larry Gold, added: “When we saw the story of Lifeshare being evicted from the building that has been its home for decades, we had to step in with the offer of support.

“Lifeshare is the only charity that gives those sleeping on the streets a hot breakfast at the weekend. Without it, hundreds of homeless people could be going hungry. That’s not acceptable to us.”

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