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South Cumbrian homeless charity moves to a bigger site

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Manna House has moved to its new premises this month.

The charity that helps the homeless will be moving to the Stephenson Centre in Kendal.

Homelessness has seen a rise across the south Lakes. Just last year, Manna House helped 150 people.

The chief officer said they needed a space that uplifted them which is what the new centre provides.

Their new facilities will include a learning kitchen, computer room and a therapy and workshop space for people who use the centre.

The organisation was established in 2002 from Kendal's Shakespeare Centre it moved to temporary accommodation at Castle Lodge.

The charity helps people find new accommodation, jobs and provides training to the residents of south Lakeland.

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Last year we gave tailored 1-2-1 housing advice and practical support to meet the multiple needs of 850 people. We employ nine staff and work alongside fifty plus volunteers, which doubles during the Winter Shelter Project. At any given time in South Lakeland we are aware of an average of four rough sleepers, many more sofa surfers and many who are not known to any services."

– Andrea Aldridge, Manna House Chief Officer