Manna House

"Manna House works for the benefit of the public in South Lakeland, providing advice, advocacy and a drop-in support centre for those who are homeless, vulnerably housed, lonely or needing help."

This week’s Skills Cafe was led by Nela, our Kitchen Lead, and was all about making a delicious, nutritious Indian meal for a fraction of the price of a takeaway. Everyone shared their knowledge, skills and taste and the final product went down very well with all the guests, too. Some even tried Chai tea for the first time, too. Looking forward to more affordable, healthy takes on favourite takeaways…

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This week our Sew What? craft group enjoyed jazzing up a few plain knitted hats with some gorgeous crafty flowers – knitted, felt and crocheted – and don’t they just look amazing?! Perfect for adding a bit of colour to a grey January day.

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A belated thanks to the super kitchen volunteers (just some of whom – Anna, Hazel, Glynis – made it into this picture with Clare) who helped to make our meal on the 22 December such a success. We served a full Christmas dinner to at least 66 clients and most came back for seconds, followed by Sylvie’s splendid home-made birthday cake as well as mountains of mince pies.

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Happy New Year to all our friends and supporters. Castle Lodge is open today and we’re back up to full speed after the Christmas break now and looking forward to seeing our clients, volunteers and supporters again soon. We had a fabulous Festive Friday on the day we closed – with about 80 people taking part at some point during the day. Clare cooked up a storm as usual and […]

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Our offices and drop-in at Manna House are closed from today, Friday 22 December, and re-open for full service again on Tuesday 2 January. In the meantime, the Winter Shelter continues until the morning of Sunday 24 December and re-opens again on Wednesday 27 December (and the Christmas Getaway takes place at Rydal Hall). Over this period, we will be looking after only the guests who have signed in by 3pm today […]

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A big thank you to Tamath Coleman-Kernan who drove over from Kirkby Stephen to Kendal on Saturday to deliver the takings from a special Tropic Skincare party to the Manna House Christmas Getaway. Tamath is an independent ambassador for Tropic Skincare and in the picture she is handing over a £210 cheque to Lois, our Winter Shelter Coordinator. (The Christmas Getaway is our 3-day residential trip to Rydal Hall for Winter […]

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On Wednesday 6 December, we had a great time putting the decorations that we’d made at the Skills Café and our Sew What? Women’s group on our chosen Christmas tree in Kendal Parish Church. Our decorations illustrated Aesop’s Fable of the Sun and the Wind and it was a joy to dress the tree in our usual unique style. Every decoration was different and special just like our Manna House family! Come to the […]

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We are thrilled to announce that Neil Ralph has stepped up at short notice to take over as Lead Volunteer on our 3-day visit to Rydal Hall this Christmas. Neil is a lecturer at Lancaster University, where he has worked in the housing sector and across the hospice movement. Neil has many years’ experience running residential events for young people in the outdoors and believes that reconnecting with nature is key to our wellbeing. He […]

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Thanks to the magnificent generosity and vision of the Stephenson Trust, Manna House will have a new home in spring 2018. The Stephenson Centre, as we’re calling the building, is just off Ann Street in Kendal. Refurbishment will begin immediately and will include a purpose-built entrance, kitchen and offices. The building was the former home of Lowe Alpine in Kendal.

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This week at the Skills Café we iced our Christmas cakes and then enjoyed a marvellous yoga session with Nes Bear who taught us how to relax and unwind. Her chocolate meditation was particularly well received!  All welcome for a fascinating talk about where in the world our food comes from this week at with the gorgeous Gabi.

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