GM Poverty Action

GM Poverty Action coordinates networks of organisations and individuals to reduce poverty across Greater Manchester. We provide opportunities, ideas and support to encourage and strengthen collaboration, and we collectively influence policy and practice to address poverty in Greater Manchester.

We do this through the following objectives:

  • Raising awareness of poverty, its effects and its causes, and of activities that address poverty
  • Connecting people and projects for anti-poverty collaboration
  • Helping to strengthen the voices of people in poverty
  • Participating in research and projects to better understand and address poverty
  • Directly influencing policy and practice that will help to reduce poverty

Requirements of participating organisations

To participate in GM Poverty Action’s objectives, organisations are required to demonstrate and commit to the following:

  • To accept the cooperative objectives identified above;
  • To participate in a collective manner in the trio of activities discussed above:
  • To provide GMPA with information and intelligence about their organisations activities to address poverty across Greater Manchester;
  • To influence and cajole organisations in the public and commercial sectors and to provide feedback to GMPA;
  • To provide resource through a mix of means (finance, skills, time, case studies, venues, networks) into the activities of GMPA;
  • To have their organisational name form part of any lobbying activity of GMPA

If you would like work with GMPA and feel that your organisation would be able to contribute to the activities listed above. Please email our Communications Officer

A full list of our members is available here.

Profiles of just a few GMPA Supporter Organisations:

Urban Outreach Bolton for GM POverty Action organisations

“You never saw foodbanks two years ago, but now they are everywhere”, says Charlotte, a volunteer at a partnership ‘Pantry’ project supported by Urban Outreach in Bolton. The huge increase in foodbanks across Britain has indeed become national news. Jeremy Paxman last year grilled David Cameron about why there were 420 foodbanks in 2015 when

Startpoint logo forGM Poverty Action organisations

“We’re a social enterprise”, says Anne, the smiling and relaxed director of Startpoint in Stockport. “And enterprise has got to come first”. How charitable organisations are financed is the single most important question any operational project is concerned with. Many have brilliant ideas which can transform communities, empower residents, lift people out of poverty: but

Walking with the Wounded for GM Poverty Action organisations

 Walking with the Wounded: working to support veterans from the heart of Greater Manchester The Walking with the Wounded (WWTW) Canada Street Manchester office’s mission is to establish the charity in the North West, develop numerous corporate networks and partnerships to generate funding opportunities, promote and build community cohesion with all residents on Canada Street

Salford Unemployment & Community Resource Centre article for GM Poverty Action

Salford UCRC

Salford Unemployed & Community Resource Centre To support people in poverty and ultimately tackle poverty itself, local community organisations can run many different initiatives which focus on particular aspects of the problem – a food bank, training courses, welfare advice, wellbeing activities and so forth. All of these have a huge positive impact. But it

The Trussell Trust - organisation profile for GM Poverty Action

The Trussell Trust

The Trussell Trust is a national charity which aims to bring communities together to end hunger and poverty in the UK, by providing compassionate, practical help, whilst also challenging injustice. We are best known for our network of more than 400 foodbanks across the UK which provides a minimum of three days’ emergency food and

Sunshne House GM Poverty Action organisation

Sunshine House

‘Most of the community centres in Wigan have closed, there’s very few left’. People tell it like it is in Scholes, an area of central Wigan. Sitting having lunch at Sunshine House, talking to 5 of the volunteers and directors, they are realistic about the longstanding challenges the area faces. “This is one of the

Salford Involved GM Poverty Action organisation

Salford Involved

Broughton, Salford, is the 126th most deprived ward in England. “It is clear that people are living in poverty here, and have lived in poverty for the last 40 years”, says Dave Fraser, the Team Leader of Salford Involved, a local community cooperative. “We haven’t moved on the indices of deprivation. And while millions have

Manchester City of Sanctuary GM Poverty Action Organisation

City of Sanctuary is a grassroots movement of local people building a culture of welcome for asylum seekers and refugees in our towns and cities . It started in Sheffield in 2005 and 11 years on there are over 60 cities and towns of sanctuary, each one distinctively different and autonomous but sharing experience and the

Back on TrackGM Poverty Action organisation

Back on Track

When people make the positive steps away from addiction, come out of the criminal justice system or make strides in tackling mental health, a space opens in their lives, a gap is created in their journey. Ready for the next chapter but faced with uncertainties about how to get there, gaining skills and support is

Inspiring Change Manchester article for GM Poverty Action

Inspiring Change Manchester

Inspiring Change Manchester (ICM) is an 8-year BIG Lottery funded programme led by Shelter that has been designed and developed with service users to support people with a variety of complex needs (including a history of problem drug and alcohol use, mental health or emotional well-being issues, accommodation problems and offending). Their aim is to enable

People First Tameside logo with article for GM Poverty Action

Poverty is often thought of in simple financial terms but without worrying first about an individual’s access to money, groups of people can find themselves marginalised, without opportunity and facing big disadvantages to being involved in society at all. GMPA is in Tameside to visit People First Tameside, an organisation working with local people with

Banana Enterprise Network organisation article for GMPA

Banana Enterprise Network

Banana Enterprise Network  is a UK registered charity, doing things differently in a caring and supportive way!    We set up for a specific social purpose and ultimately aim to reduce poverty.   We are based in Salford.  Our founder and CEO Jayne Allman created the service after identifying a gap in service provision specifically for unemployed

Northern Housing Consortium article for GMPA

Northern Housing Consortium

The Northern Housing Consortium represents the views of housing organisations in the North of England. We are a membership organisation made up of local authorities, ALMOS, Local Stock Voluntary Transfers and registered providers associations that provide social housing for tenants. The NHC brings our members together to share ideas, and to represent their interests and

Mustard Tree logo for profile for GMPA article

Mustard Tree

For over 20 years Mustard Tree has been a Greater Manchester based charity committed to providing life support for the homeless and marginalised. We support communities where ‘poverty and disadvantage remain a key challenge’ and where ‘levels of unemployment and economic inactivity are amongst the highest nationally’ (Manchester Poverty Commission, 2013). For those facing homelessness

4in10 logo for profile for GMPA article

4 in 10

4 in 10 London children live in poverty. 4in10 is a network of organisations and individuals who feel this is unacceptable, and want to coordinate their efforts to tackle this problem at the local and regional level. Having previously been based with the End Child Poverty Coalition and then Save the Children, 4in10 is now

MASH, Manchester Action on Street Health logo profile for GMPA article


Recent Parliamentary debates about the legal status of sex work hit the national headlines, but in Manchester the organisation working on the front line with those in the industry is MASH, Manchester Action on Street Health. Cate Allison, the CEO, welcomes GMPA to their drop in centre in east Manchester. Selling sex on the streets

Cracking Good Food logo for GMPA article

Cracking Good Food

Adele Jordan, with the rest of her amazing team, has run Cracking Good Food, a sustainable cooking network across Greater Manchester since 2010. Run as a social enterprise, they teach people how to cook from scratch with 70% of their work being with hard to reach communities like Mustard Tree, Life Share & Compassion Foodbanks

CLES logo for GMPA article

Centre for Local Economic Strategies

The Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), have been instrumental in instigating, advocating and developing the work of Greater Manchester Poverty Action (GMPA).  As the UK’s leading policy and research organisation dedicated to local economic development, we seek to implement activities which advance social justice and tackle poverty. In Greater Manchester, poverty and inequality are

Compassion in Action GM Poverty Action organisation

Compassion in Action

GMPA’s recent news stories have seen how service provision dealing with health and social care across Greater Manchester is often fragmented. Consider homelessness, where a night shelter might be provided in one part of town but accompanying support services, such as addiction work and employment support, may be several miles away. This makes it much

Booth Centre logo for GMPA article

Booth Centre

Amanda Croome founded the Booth Centre in Manchester in 1995 on the principles that everyone should have a safe place to call home, positive relationships and a purpose in life. Homeless people are no different and this is what the Booth Centre aims to help homeless people achieve. Greater Manchester is facing very challenging times

The Children's Society logo profile for GMPA article

The Children’s Society

Rob Jackson, Greater Manchester Area Director at The Children’s Society, said: “The Children’s Society has supported disadvantaged children and young people in Greater Manchester since 1889. Nearly three in ten children in the city region live in poverty and this is damaging to both their immediate well-being and long-term life chances. Last year we helped nearly 5,000 vulnerable

IPPR North logo for GMPA article

IPPR North

IPPR North is happy to support the vital work of GMPA. At a time when Greater Manchester is seeing a new resurgence and unprecedented attention from policy-makers, its citizens will have to work hard if the poorest are to benefit from economic growth and investment; with new devolved powers there are new opportunities to tackle

Church Action on Poverty logo for GMPA article

Church Action on Poverty

As a national charity with our headquarters in Manchester, Church Action on Poverty is proud to be part of this network, doing what we all can to tackle the fact that Manchester faces some of the UK’s worst poverty and inequality. Church Action on Poverty is a national ecumenical Christian social justice charity, committed to

Fareshare Greater Manchester logo for GMPA article


EMERGE is a social enterprise and charitable group. We run FareShare Greater Manchester because we recognise that there are massive quantities of in-date surplus food currently generated within industry and on a pragmatic basis that this food can be redistributed to assist organisations who help support people in greatest need. Our policy is to work

Macc logo for GMPA article


Manchester Community Central (Macc) is a member of GMPA because we fully accept the challenge laid down by the Greater Manchester Poverty Commission report and that we have a role to play in taking action. In particular, we believe that the role of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector is crucial: not only in

Bolton Young Persons Housing Scheme write up for GMPA

Bolton Young Person’s Housing Scheme

When we think of the homeless, we may picture a grizzled beard and a cheeky smile, poking out from under a hood wrapped in clothes and sleeping bags, asking us if we can spare some change. The temptation is to place them as older people, far past 30, going on until later life: we avoid

Chatterbox Project GM Poverty Action organisation

The Chatterbox Project, Charlestown

In 2001 four local people, Sue Asprey, Debbie Whiteley, Sharon Clarke;  along with Christopher Gibbs, the new minister for St Mark’s Church , agreed that their community was in need of some ‘safe space’.  Luckily adjoining  the church there was a hall and St Marks Church Council agreed to let them use it free of

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