At Manna House we offer a range of services and seek to achieve positive outcomes for our clients.
We recognise that we need to work with other organisations to achieve those outcomes and so we network and signpost wherever possible. We have listed below a number of organisations with whom we work locally, and provided links to help you to find out more about the services they offer.
Shelter is a charity that works to alleviate the distress caused by homelessness and bad housing. They provide advice, information and advocacy to people in housing need, and by campaigning for lasting political change to end the housing crisis for good. Link here: Shelter
Homeless Link is the only national charity supporting people and organisations working directly with homeless people in England. They represent homelessness organisations among local, regional and national government. As the national collaborative hub for information and debate on homelessness, they seek to improve services for homeless people and to advocate policy change. Through this work, they aim to end homelessness in England. Link here: Homeless Link
South Lakeland District Council have a legal duty to help and assist homeless people. They help with emergency accommodation, housing benefit, manage the lists for housing through South Lakes Housing and have a wide range of support services. Link here: South Lakeland District Council
Spareroom helps people find rooms or houses for rent in their local area. Link here: Spareroom
South Lakes Citizens Advice offer a range of advice on housing issues. This includes everything from advice on problems with existing housing, repossessions through to homelessness advice. They have an office in Kendal on Blackhall Road. Link here: South Lakes Citizens Advice
CADAS help to reduce the harm caused by the misuse of alcohol and drugs in Cumbria, and provide opportunities to work towards living in a more satisfying and resourceful way. They have offices in Carlisle, Workington, Barrow and here in Kendal on our premises. Link here: CADAS
Mind is a nationwide organisation with the goal of providing support and respect to all those experiencing a mental health issue. Mind has offices throughout Cumbria, all of which offer expert advice and support in different ways. Link here: Mind
King’s Food Bank is a community-run project providing emergency food support to people in Kendal and giving help to anyone in need, whatever the issue, on the basis of referrals from respected partners like Manna House. Link here: King’s Food Bank
Eden & South Lakeland Credit Union is volunteer-run cooperative bank set up to offer loans to members of the local community at fair and reasonable rates of interest in order to reduce levels of debt and poverty. Membership costs just £2 with a minimum deposit of £3. Link here: Eden & South Lakeland Credit Union
Lancaster & District Homeless Action Service is the leading homeless charity in the region, helping people find accommodation and learn the life skills essential for independent living and provide help and support to engage with the job market. Link here: Lancaster Housing
There is also a non-referral night shelter in Lancaster from November to March, run by volunteers at Christchurch. If you are homeless in Lancaster and need emergency overnight shelter, this is the place to try: Lancaster Night Shelter. The Kendal Winter Shelter is referral-only and set up to help people in the South Lakes find more permanent accommodation.