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."

We’re changing things around a little for the great Manna House Garden Party this year and moving from Abbot Hall to Gooseholme – halfway between our old premises at Castle Lodge and our new ones at the Stephenson Centre on Ann Street. It’s going to be a great afternoon with scrumptious food stalls, gentle live music and lots of crafty talent on display, too. We’ve booked the sunshine for afternoon […]

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This week in Skills Café Adam, our social worker student, gave us a fantastic morning of film making, documenting our “Life through a lens”. We made adverts for Manna House filming a typical day here. Thank you to Adam for sharing his talents – the film making in true Hollywood style is to be continued… next week!

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We were so lucky to have the culinary talents of Chef Carl (head chef of the Merewood Hotel) at our recent Easter Feast Skills Café. He inspired us to make fresh asparagus tarts and homemade hot cross buns. A heavenly meal to celebrate Easter. He will be joining us again on 25 April with some more cheffy skills to share for a sausage-themed Wednesday morning session!

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A huge THANK YOU to Year 6 at St Mark’s C of E School in Natland who raised over £100 for the Winter Shelter with their cake sale just before Easter. We’ve matched this money with £340 contributed by Cllr Stephen Coleman and been able to buy 22 shiny new camp beds for next year’s Winter Shelter. (The beds were tested this year and the guests said that they were much […]

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After our big Easter Feast on Wednesday 28 March (please come and help us prepare something truly celebrational and stay to enjoy it with us, too), Manna House will be closed until Tuesday 3 April, when we open for the drop-in at 10am as usual. Happy Easter everyone.

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We’ve not yet finished counting the sponsorship money from the Friends of Manna House Big Swim on Saturday 24 February – but we know now that we are going to beat our target of £4000 for work on the new building on Ann Street. We’ve thanked all the amazing swimmers and volunteers but we’d also like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all our generous sponsors. What an amazing […]

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The Sew What? group had another wonderful morning at Abbot Hall this week, sitting and stitching in the gallery with Shannon from Lakeland Arts, using the works of art for inspiration to stitch fabrics and textures in similar hues.

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We went to Growing Well this week and planted coriander seeds, pulled up turnips from the field and got inspired and extremely muddy! The Spring sunshine shone through at last. Hard work is the best seasoning for stimulating your appetite as we all really enjoyed a picnic lunch in the yurt around the log burner. Always a fruitful visit.

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We are thrilled to announce that folk legend Roy Bailey is coming over the Pennines to play a benefit gig at St George’s Church, Kendal, in aid of the Winter Shelter. One of our Shelter volunteers heard him play in Sheffield Cathedral and knows how passionately he champions important causes like helping the homeless and had the brilliant idea of asking him to do it – and he said Yes! Read […]

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Skills Café today was led by our Liam who expertly and patiently instructed us in the Art of Origami. We enjoyed Sushi for lunch too and all agreed it was worth the walk through the snow to get to Manna House for today’s session. Join us next week for our Spring visit to Growing Well to plant seedlings. Meet at Manna House at 9.30am and please let Clare know if you’re […]

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