C4C Aims and Vision
Coffee4Craig operates a 7 night a week drop-in for anyone who is sleeping on the streets of Manchester.
MISSION STATEMENT - Overview
At Coffee4Craig, we are building towards a future in which everyone has a place to call home and feel safe. At our drop-in (The Meanwhile) we provide a safe space every evening for people experiencing street homelessness in Manchester, ensuring that our service users' physical, emotional, psychological, social and economic well-being needs are met every time they access the service. This is in line with our aim to provide consistency in the chaotic lives of anyone sleeping on the streets of Manchester.
Our Values -
Crucially, our main, interdependent values are as follows:
1. Consistency: We act as a consistent point of contact by creating a calm and welcoming environment where our service users can feel safe.
2. Creating partnerships: Training with the NHS in psychologically informed environments to ensure the safety and well-being of our service users are protected.
3. Supporting well-being: making meaningful, emotional connections with service users to build relationships based on mutual respect and trust.
Through these meaningful connections, we are better equipped to direct our service users to other organisations and services that are available to help them progress their journey outside of their immediate physical and emotional needs. The simple offer of a hot meal opens the door to a plethora of support and opportunities to transition into accommodation.
Our activities -
Coffee4Craig is open to anyone over the age of 18 who is experiencing street homelessness or who may be in a vulnerable position due to their current situation (i.e. sofa surfing, living in a vehicle etc).
As part of our out-of-hours drop-in service, we have the following provisions in place every evening:
1. Fresh, hot food and drinks;
2. Showers with toiletries and a change of clothing as well as access to haircuts;
3. Food parcels for those struggling with provisions and those settling into accommodation for the first time;
4. Medical support and referrals to other services where appropriate;
5. Mental health crisis intervention.
All of the listed provisions, alongside our staff’s careful interventions, ensure that we advocate with our clients during the process of navigating the system. Our clients can find this process challenging and having support is vital in their transition away from street homelessness.
Lastly, and most importantly, we act as a consistent point of contact for our service users'. This allows us to make emotional connections with service users', this builds trust that enables the team to uncover the cause of an individual's current situation and make positive action plans to recover. As we are the only provider to be open 365 days a year, this reassures service users' that The Meanwhile is always a safe space, no matter what day it is.