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 year, for the first time, Manna House is planning to run its own Christmas Getaway for a few days over Christmas Day itself. We hope to take up to 40 clients and friends away for a few days to prepare and enjoy a traditional family Christmas together. We know there will be lots of lovely people wanting to take part but first of all we need two things – […]

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Plans are beginning to take shape for the big launch of this year’s Winter Shelter. All Shelter volunteers, past, present and future, are welcome to join us. The date will be Saturday 11 November, at the Salvation Army on Gillinggate. The evening will begin with volunteer training from 4pm to 6pm, followed by an informal supper. After supper the new SA Lieutenant Hilary Borthwick will share her experience of running a large homeless […]

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We had a great couple of hours this Wednesday recycling old cards and other crafty bits and bobs from the Manna House supply cupboard into amazing new cards – for Manna House family and friends, old and new, and for sale at our Random & Remarkable Jumble Sale on Saturday 23 September. Everyone really got stuck in as you can see!

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At the end of August, the good people at Space2Create invited the Skills Café folk over for a creative print session where we learned to make mono prints using rollers and shed window glass panes as a base! We traced images from magazines with great effect and the coffee and biscuits and new skills supplied by Mat and Joy were fabulous, too. There was a lot of concentration and resilience […]

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Taking over after months of great work by host of volunteer chefs, catering professional Nela Geuer joined us at the end of June as our Learning Kitchen Manager (Head Chef). She has already got our kitchen running like clockwork and has lots of great plans for the future. “I qualified as a chef in 1992 in Germany and moved to England in 1997. Throughout my career, I have worked in the […]

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Believe it or not, we’re already gearing up for winter at Manna House, finding venues and volunteers and making plans for the Winter Shelter which starts on 1 December. And the person trying to coordinate it all this year (after all the great work that Penny and Fiona have done in the past) is our newest member of staff – Lois Sparling – who started at the end of August. “I’ve […]

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Come and pick up something ‘Random and Remarkable’ at our next big Jumble Sale from 10am to 1pm on Saturday 23 September at Castle Lodge. You’ll be amazed at what we have in our attic, donated by the good citizens of the South Lakes. Selling that sequined jacket or set of tiny coffee spoons is just the best way we can turn that generous gift into giving our clients the best support we […]

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In August, we welcomed another new recruit to the Manna House kitchen staff. Clare Neal now works 2 and a half days a week as our Learning Kitchen Manager (Skills Lead), alongside Head Chef Nela Geuer. “I am so looking forward to working with everyone at Manna House. I have spent the last 24 years as a primary school teacher with a special interest in Food and Nutrition, literacy and learning creatively. […]

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Come along to Abbot Hall Park for a day of fun, festivities and frolics in the definitely sunny park! It’s great day out for all the family, and an important fundraiser for Manna House. Entry is free but you’ll want to buy lots of treats at our stalls and participate in activities and games! 10.30am-3.00pm

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