Petrus Hub News

Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteer Opportunity

April 2019 sees the relaunch of the volunteer programme at Petrus. We have been working hard to develop the programme to make volunteering an even more positive experience for all our fantastic volunteers at Petrus.

We currently have vacancies for a Volunteer Store Assistant at the Petrus Community Store. Please see the attached job de

  Apr 2019

A new way to support the homeless has launched in Rochdale

A new way to support the homeless has launched in Rochdale

Petrus has joined other local Rochdale charities in a new initiative that offers people a different way to give to tackle homelessness.

Real Change Rochdale raises money for practical items which help people who are homeless; things like a deposit for a home, enrolment on a training course or buying new clothes for a job interview.

  Jan 2019

Thank you

Thank you

Thank you

Petrus has helped over 500 families over the festive period with the help of the people and businesses of Rochdale.

Petrus, working with Rochdale Social Services, received over 450 gifts for children who were unlikely to receive a Christmas gift.

Over 100 gifts were left over and will now be donated to a local w

  Dec 2018

Petrus Community Christmas Opening Times

Petrus Community Christmas Opening Times

Season's Greetings and best wishes for 2019 from everyone at Petrus Community.

Here is a list of our opening times at Craig Lee House, The Hub, the Petrus Community Store and PIER over the next few weeks.

Craig Lee House

  • Tuesday 18 December: 9am to 4pm (normal hours)
  • Wednesday 19 December: 9am to 4pm
  Dec 2018

Farewell, Denis!

Farewell, Denis!

Petrus co-ordinator, Denis Skelton, is due to bid us farewell as he embarks on his next adventure.

Denis Skelton joined Petrus in 1977 as a worker, in the only project Petrus had at that time. Receiving minimal pay, or on a voluntary basis, workers would live with residents in the community, offering help and support.

As Petrus g

  Jul 2018

Introducing the new Petrus brand

Introducing the new Petrus brand

Petrus is launching its new look, including a new logo, font and colours.

After speaking to staff, trustees and service users, Petrus decided it was time to freshen up its brand.

Petrus provide so many more services now, and reach so many more people, it felt like the right time. Joining The Regenda Group has given Petrus the opp

  Apr 2018

The Petrus Pedals Community Cycling Club and Bike Kitchen to launch on Saturday 24 March.

The Petrus Pedals Community Cycling Club and Bike Kitchen to launch on Saturday 24 March.

Opening at the Rochdale Exchange Shopping Centre, visitors to the store can get help and advice from professionals on how to fix and maintain their bike; there will also be affordable second hand bikes available for sale.

The project aims to encourage anyone to get on their bike more, including service users and the general public.

  Mar 2018

Community seed swap

Community seed swap

Do you want new seeds, but not the price tag?

Do you have unwanted seeds lying around?

We would like to invite you to a seed swapping event, where you can swap your surplus seeds with other sowers for free.

No needs to swap? No problem. Simply give a donation for the seeds instead - all donations will go towards the cost of the

  Feb 2018

Spring seed sowing workshop

Spring seed sowing workshop

There is almost a hint of spring in the air, and so the time has come again when we are getting ready and sowing our seeds for a fruitful year ahead.

We would like to invite you to a seed sowing workshop at our residential project (where itís nice and warm!)

It's the perfect time of year to get involved, whilst we plan and sow what w

  Feb 2018

Petrus PIER Art Project Update and Other Events

Sculpture Project

As you may know our sculpture project funded by Kew Gardens Grow Wild has begun and is so far looking like it will be fantastic. We have now changed the venue for the sessions to the new Petrus Shop in the Rochdale Exchange as this will help us to make the sessions more accessible. There is lots to get involved in and things that everybody can do whether they pop in for one session or every session.

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  May 2017

Zen boss and staff to sleep out for homelessness charity Petrus Community

***Photo opportunity. Zen Internet founder and chief executive Richard Tang and the team will be available for photographs at 4pm on 23 February outside Manchester Cathedral***

Staff from Rochdale-based internet service provider, Zen, will brave the potentially icy temperatures of a February night to raise money for homelessness charity Petrus Community.

Among those wrapping up warm on 23 February will be chief executive Richard Tang and divisional managing director Martin O'Donnell, who will be joined in the grounds of Manch

  Feb 2017

Positive start to the new year for Rochdale homelessness charity

M&Y Maintenance and Construction has pledged to help refurbish the Petrus Community Hub, a homelessness centre based in Rochdale. Petrus Hub offers a range of essential day support services to vulnerable people, where those who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless can access advice and support, along with more practical help such as shower and laundry facilities and a daily breakfast.

Gill Kelly, managing director of M&Y Maintenance and Construction, recently visited Petrus and said: "The work that I saw P

  Jan 2017

Hidden Tales

Members of the Petrus Community presented an eclectic mix of short films, spoken word and live music at Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival at Touchstones on Thursday 20th October 2016.

The event was part of Hidden Tales, a project developed in partnership between Petrus and Community Arts North West, which aims to give expression to the unique wit and profound narrative of the Petrus service users and volunteers.

The Petrus participants worked with award winning film maker Mat Johns and digital artist Mahboobeh R

  Nov 2016

Tesco's Bags of Help initiative

Tesco customers are being invited to help community groups and good causes in Rochdale bag a share of a £12.5million carrier bag charge fund. Petrus is looking to benefit from this scheme.

More details:

  Oct 2016

Fundraising for Petrus

Fundraising for Petrus

The "Let's talk" project is one year old and has been successfully providing Petrus service users with fast track therapeutic counselling.

Petrus currently has two trainee Counsellors in post and they are seeing service users from across the organisation on a weekly basis. Our first trained Counsellor Clare has now gone onto a

  Jun 2015

Press Release - No Second Night Out Project

Press Release - No Second Night Out Project

'No Second Night Out Project' prevented over 600 people from becoming homeless in Rochdale

On Wednesday 4th February an Evaluation Event was held at the Petrus Hub to share findings of an independent evaluation conducted by Rochdale and District Mind's Discovery Team. Petrus Community in partnership with the Bond Board were successful in March

  Feb 2015

Petrus celebrate the achievements of its volunteers at awards ceremony

Petrus celebrate the achievements of its volunteers at awards ceremony

Petrus recently held an awards ceremony to celebrate the achievements of its volunteers. Staff, Trustees and volunteers attended this popular event at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre in Rochdale. Volunteers were presented with individual certificates by Lynda Robinson Chair of the Trustees. A special award was presented to Sister Knowl and a bunch o
  Dec 2014

St Cuthbert's RC High School Fundraiser

St Cuthbert's RC High School Fundraiser

Press Release

Pupils from St Cuthbert's RC High School recently presented Petrus Hub with a cheque for £1163.14. Kathryn Ansley, Lay Chaplain at the school said that "a big part of living our faith is how we support others in our community. We are proud that the pupils chose Petrus as one of their Lenten charities as it helps local peo

  Jul 2014

Press Release - March 2013

These are exciting times for Petrus Community. In the last couple of months Petrus has been undergoing some dramatic changes - all to the good. We have received funding from the Homeless Transition Fund, from the Health and Social Care Volunteer Fund and from the local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group to help us with our work as follows:

  • Step up Rochdale - No Second Night Out (see press release) - in partnership with the Bond Board
  • Step up Rochdale - BHealthy project - developing a volunteering project to work with
  Mar 2013

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