The Streetlife Trust Shelter and support for young people in Blackpool Fri, 27 Mar 2020 12:38:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Streetlife Trust 32 32 Important Notice – COVID19 Fri, 27 Mar 2020 12:38:16 +0000

We will be temporarily closing the night shelter and day centre following instructions from the government in relation to the operation of night shelters during the coronavirus lockdown.

Young people will be allocated B+B accommodation by Housing Options or EDT. This will ensure they have a safe place to self-isolate should they need too. They will also be able to stay indoors and social distance. These are things they can’t do at Streetlife as the majority of our facilities are communal.

We will be keeping in contact with young people by telephone during this time. They can also contact us through our Facebook page.

The contact numbers are:-Housing options no. 01253 477760EDT no. 01253477600

We will keep you updated as and when the situation changes. Thank you for your understanding and support.

UPDATE: #BigSleepOut2020 Postponed until October 2020 Tue, 17 Mar 2020 09:14:00 +0000 After careful consideration we have decided to postpone the #BigSleepOut2020 until 2nd October 2020.

All registered participants will automatically be transferred to the new date.

We are concentrating our efforts on keeping homeless young people safe during this period and we are doing all we can to keep the nightshelter and day centre open.

Our thanks and appreciation for your support and understanding.

#BigSleepOut2020 – Sleepout Procedures regarding the Corona Virus Thu, 12 Mar 2020 10:00:00 +0000 Please note, the #BigSleepout2020 will go ahead unless we receive official instructions to cancel it. If we are required to call it off we will re-arrange it, hopefully for October.
We will ensure the toilets and kitchen facilities are cleaned every hour (at least).

Please follow the following NHS advice:
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze. Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
• Put used tissues in the bin straight away
• Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
• Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Please do not attend the event if you are experiencing any symptoms; temperature, cough, shortness of breath.

TAKE TO THE STREETS TO SUPPORT YOUTH HOMELESS CHARITY Tue, 10 Mar 2020 21:26:34 +0000 Streetlife Blackpool, a youth work charity providing emergency accommodation and support to vulnerable homeless young people, have launched their annual Big Sleepout taking place on Friday 3rd April 2020 sponsored by Beaverbrooks.

#BigSleepOut2020 is Streetlife’s annual fundraising event for supporters of the charity to spend a night sleeping rough on the streets of Blackpool’s town centre to raise vital funds in order to keep their emergency night shelter at St. John’s Square open.

Last year saw the amazing generosity of over 200 people supporting the cause and raising over £43,000 to help towards the running costs of keeping the night shelter open.

Streetlife is a youth work charity whose aim is to assist vulnerable young people in the Blackpool area, established in 1982, Streetlife is an organisation, which assists vulnerable young people in Blackpool, a lot of who access our service as homeless.

The monies raised will be used to provide emergency safe accommodation to homeless young people in their Night Shelter at St. Johns Walk in Blackpool town centre.

This year’s #BigSleepOut2020 will be the organisations largest to date with a limited number of spaces available on the night. The event costs just £10 to sign up and you will receive a Streetlife entry wristband, travel mug and plastic survival sack and will be held outside St. John’s Church at St. John’s Square in Blackpool town centre.

All participants are required to register on Eventbrite prior to the event, you can register by using this link:

Jane Hugo, Streetlife’s CEO said:

We never cease to be amazed by the public support we receive for this event. It’s heart warming to know that so many people care about the vulnerable young people in our town. The sleepout is our major fundraising event and all proceeds go directly to keeping the Streetlife Nightshelter open.

This year headline sponsor for the event is Beaverbrooks The Jewellers, Managing Director, Anna Blackburn had this to say,

Anna Blackburn, managing director at Beaverbrooks, said: “Beaverbrooks is delighted to be supporting The Big Sleepout again for the fifth year. The event is a great way for the local community to come together and raise awareness about homelessness, while the funds raised will make a huge difference to hundreds of young people’s lives.

“I’ve done the fundraiser twice and it really was a massive eye-opener to how some people are forced to live on a daily basis. Registration is now open for this year’s Big Sleepout, so sign up, grab your sleeping bag and join the Streetlife team for a very rewarding fundraiser that will help hundreds of young people in Blackpool.”

For more information on how to register or to find out more about Streetlife please visit our website alternatively you can search for the event on Eventbrite.

STREETLIFE BOOSTED WITH NATIONWIDE HOUSING GRANT BY £38,150 Mon, 09 Dec 2019 15:58:31 +0000 Streetlife Blackpool has successfully secured £38,150 worth of funding from Nationwide Building Society’s Community Grant fund.

Nationwide, the world’s largest building society, wants to support charities tackling the many issues associated with housing, and therefore made £500,000 available to causes committed to making a difference in communities across the region.

Applications for the grants closed on 5 July 2019, and Nationwide is now pleased to announce Streetlife as a local community housing charity who have been successful in securing grants from the fund. The full list of successful applicants can be viewed now on its website –

Nationwide invited applications from across North West & North Midlands region for grants of up to £50,000 to fund housing projects focused on strengthening local communities and committed to making a real difference in local areas. Projects range from innovative new housing and improving living conditions, to supporting the most vulnerable members of the community.

Heather Hazley, Nationwide’s Regional Director for North West & North Midlands, said: “We’re delighted to announce the outcome of our latest community grants programme, with eleven housing related charities and organisations across the region collectively benefitting from the Community Grant’s funds.

“In 2007 our members voted for us to donate at least one percent of our pre-tax profits to good causes and that the focus should be on issues around housing. The Community Grants programme is one of the ways we’re trying to make a long-lasting difference, helping people living without the guarantee or stability of suitable, secure or affordable accommodation.”

Nationwide has now awarded over £7.1 million to more than 189 projects across the UK. With Community Boards in each region of the UK, Nationwide will be investing over £20 million in housing projects over 5 years to support local charities and organisations working to tackle housing issues in local communities.

Streetlife will use these vital funds to provide ongoing, practical, outreach support and guidance for young people in their tenancies, including benefits advice, budgeting skills, starter packs, access to items for the home.

The final decisions on the successful applications were made by a local Community Board made up of Nationwide members and colleagues. 

Sleepout or sleep in Thu, 29 Aug 2019 15:25:29 +0000 Streetlife took part in our Duty to Care? research project. We asked them about their recent experience of working with trusts and foundations.
Tell us about Streetlife


Streetlife is a youth work charity based in Blackpool, which assists vulnerable people between the age of 18-25 years old. Our aim is to enable and empower them to make informed choices and provide support via our emergency night centre, eight bed day centre and drop-in or lifeskill sessions.


What has changed about your work – and how you work with trusts and foundations – over the past five years? How have you responded to this?


In the past few years, our funding environment has changed quite drastically; funding for supporting young people that had originally been ring-fenced was lifted, and in 2014 all Local Authority funding ceased. This meant both Blackpool Foyer and Oasis night shelter had to shut down, so it was high-time we did a SWOT analysis and started exploring other funding opportunities. We managed to secure three years funding from Tudor Trust, one year funding from Amy Winehouse Foundation, and on-and-off funding from Lloyds Bank Foundation, CiN, Comic Relief and the Police and Crime Commissioning Fund that helped maintain salaries.

The world is changing so rapidly that it’s important we do too if we want to ride the tide and keep up momentum. We’ve adapted the way we recruit and work with volunteers: we capture people as soon as they start showing an interest, get them more involved with social media, and organise induction processes once a week so that volunteers can develop a better sense of the organisation.

We also ventured into community fundraising and raised our profile on social media – this is the fourth year we’re doing an annual sleepout, which raised 12k in its first year and saw over 200 people sign up within two years. This year we raised £43.5k and we are also planning our first charity ball.  As a result, businesses began showing an interest and we’ve started to see different kinds of people supporting us now.

What could trusts and foundations do differently to make your life easier?

The focus should be on fostering long-term relationships with funders, so that we can work together to develop a more proactive and scalable strategy. For example, The National Lottery Community Fund has been supporting us for four years and recognise that we need to support our overheads, so we can concentrate on what really matters.

A personal touch also helps a great deal – the Lloyds Enhance grant manager regularly comes to visits us, which means we’re able to have an open conversation and keep them informed of any new challenges before they become an issue. They’ve also invited us to the House of Commons to talk about our work, so we can be more involved at policy-level and garner more support.

Blackpool Expo Announces Streetlife Fri, 26 Jul 2019 14:29:00 +0000

Blackpool Business Expo Announces Streetlife As Its Official Charity For 2019

Streetlife Blackpool have come together with Blackpool Expo 2019 to be the events chosen charity partner.

Streetlife is a Blackpool based charity that aims to assist vulnerable young people in the town, many of which are homeless.

With thousands of young people homeless in the UK, Streetlife helps over 400 young people every year to secure temporary accommodation.  They were established in 1982 and help Blackpool young people up to the age of 26.

Nichola Howard who organises the annual business expo said ‘Charities like Streetlife rely heavily on donations to provide the services they do, businesses can support this by arranging fundraisers which can contribute to their corporate responsibility, we are delighted to have Streetlife as our chosen charity for this years’ event’.

The charity has a day centre that holds drop in sessions to allow young people a chance to socialise, grab something to eat and use the resources available to search for a job or accommodation. They also offer advice and support for people struggling with mental health issues and substance abuse.

In 1992, Streetlife opened their night centre to provide temporary accommodation to young people in emergent situations who need the shelter the most.

79% of those who attended duty appointments after accessing the shelter were able to secure accommodation. They also provide help after housing is acquired through food packages, toiletries, clothing and intensive support.

As well as offering specialist advice in many situations, the charity has close relationships with many other local organisations that can give support in any areas they may not be able to.

“Streetlife are overwhelmed and thrilled to be chosen as the Launch Events NW charity of the year, in 2019 it’s more important than ever to safeguard and protect our young people. As a local Blackpool charity, we solely rely on the kind donations of individuals and business alike to keep our night shelter open.” Jane Hugo – Streetlife CEO

You can find Streetlife at the Blackpool Expo 2019 on September 25that the Village Urban Resort Blackpool.



Another exciting event has today been announced as part of Manford’s Blackpool Comedy Festival, taking place at Winter Gardens Blackpool this May.

An After-show CrowdKaraokeis set to take place in the Arena, Winter Gardenson Friday 10 May, following the Jason Manford & Friendsshow which is taking place in the Opera House.

The Manford’s Crowd Karaoke event will feature an amazing live band for the crowd to sing along to, guided by big on-screen lyrics. No dreaded spotlight here, everyone can sing their hearts out together!

Crowd Karaoke was created so that people can sing and dance together. It really doesn’t matter if you can sing or not! Or even dance! What we do know for SURE, is that singing with other people is incredible fun. A funny thing happens: you feel like you’re all working towards something together and it is exhilarating.

Jason Manford said: ‘What better way is there to finish a great night of comedy, other than with a great big crowd karaoke sing-a-long?! Whether you can sing or not, join us in the arena for the after show party and let’s all belt out some classics together!’

A portion of the ticket sales from the After-show Karaoke event are to be donated to two local Blackpool charities.

Brian House, which provides specialist care and support for babies, children and young people who have a life-limiting condition. Many people are surprised to learn that it costs over £1 million a year to provide this specialist level of care. Without the very generous support of the local community, they wouldn’t be able to provide care to the Fylde Coast’s most fragile children.

Chloe Rossall, Community Fundraiser said: ‘We are so excited to be involved with Manford’s Comedy Festival as one of the chosen charities and are really looking forward to taking part in the karaoke. Just like Jason, we are all about having fun and making memories for our children, so our staff and volunteers are thrilled to have the opportunity to get involved with this event ’

Established in 1982, Streetlifeis an organisation which assists vulnerable young people in Blackpool, a lot of whom access the service as homeless. Their aim is to enable and empower these young people to make informed choices about issues affecting their lives. They provide support – for those up to the age of 26 – from The Base, the Day Centre and Night Shelter, which serves as emergency accommodation for those who need it most.

Fran Sullivan said – “Street Life are delighted to be chosen as a beneficiary of Manford’s Karaoke event andour staff, volunteers and young people are extremely excited at the prospect of flexing our vocal chords.”

“Literally Saving Lives” Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:23:06 +0000 “Literally Saving Lives” – BBC Radio 5 Live Interview

On 28th November 2018 Rachel, Dan, Will, Elisha and Aaron were at Media City in Manchester to take part in a pre-recorded radio show with BBC Radio 5 Live

The show explores youth homelessness and follows each of their experiences everything from rough sleeping in a bush to sleeping in a car park. The young people spoke about their circumstances which lead to them being homeless.

Rachel talks about how Streetlife helps young people and the services the charity offer.

The programme was aired live on the Steve Nolan show in December. Below you listen to the full interview.

Afterwards they took part in a private tour of The BBC and even had a go at presenting the weather.

without Streetlife all four of the young people don’t think they’d be alive today

Listen to the full interview below:

Congratulations to Josh Thu, 20 Dec 2018 14:02:38 +0000 Remember Josh from Stacey Dooley’s – The Young and Homeless documentary? Well as a result he has been offered a place to live and a position to work in a new tech firm which supports new business start ups using the benefits of block chain technology in London.

Their aim is to make the world a better place in terms of environment and social responsibility. This week Rachel and Josh had the opportunity to go to London for a few days to meet the team and find out a bit more about the role to see if the move was right for him. They have had a great time, Josh is due to start at the beginning of 2019. Dreams really do come true.