University staff and students support Manchester Sleepout

Credit: Charlotte Graham

Last week Manchester Metropolitan staff and students took part in the 2016 Manchester Sleepout at Manchester Cathedral.

Organised by the Booth Centre, the annual event sees people take on the challenge of sleeping out to highlight some of the hardships that homeless people have to face every night.

Sheena Platt, a third year student studying Events Management, volunteered as an events assistant and helped run the night alongside the Booth Centre staff. A number of students from the 2nd year Events Management course also took part.

Rowena Harding, Marketing and Communications Officer for MMUSport and participant said: “I joined the Booth Centre’s Manchester Sleepout as an individual and was a bit daunted to be turning up alone to sleep out on a rainy night. However I quickly met a Manchester Met student, Sarah Rowley who is studying animal behaviour here, and had someone to find a spot in the Cathedral grounds with!”

Around 200 people slept out for the night and raised over £53,000. If you would like to find out more about the Booth Centre and how the funds support homeless people in Manchester visit: or contact Amy Hinks at:

Big Change Ambassador Training, Tuesday 29th November

Spaces are still available on the Big Change Ambassador Training on Tuesday 29th November. Organised by the University and Riverside Housing, the aim of the training is to:

  • Raise awareness of the Manchester Homelessness Charter and the University’s commitment to it
  • Outline the importance of alternative giving and promoting the Big Change campaign to help end homelessness in Manchester
  • Support services available across the City and appropriate ways of signposting those in need
  • Expected responsibilities of an Ambassador and explain the difference you can make

If you are interested in becoming a Big Change Ambassador contact: