Petrus People News

What to do if you're concerned about a rough sleeper

What to do if you're concerned about a rough sleeper

As the nights draw in and temperatures start to drop, most of us get to go back home, snuggle down and warm up. Some of us, however, don't get this luxury.

The number of rough sleepers on the streets seems to have increased over the past few years. It's natural to want to help either by buying them food or giving them money.


  Nov 2018

Buy a gift for a child this Christmas

Buy a gift for a child this Christmas

A Rochdale based homelessness charity is calling the local community to help spread festive cheer this holiday season.

For the third year running, Petrus Community, in partnership with Rochdale Social Services, has adorned the Christmas tree in its community store with the names, and ages, of children who are unlikely to receive a Christma

  Nov 2018

Rochdale community garden group sweep up awards

Rochdale community garden group sweep up awards

Petrus Incredible Edible Rochdale (PIER) has been recognised for its work in an award-winning week.

The project is run by homelessness charity Petrus Community, with many service users volunteering with the group.

On Wednesday 31 October, PIER won three Thriving Awards at the regional North West in Bloom Awards for its projects Petru

  Nov 2018

Sleepout and help tackle homelessness

Sleepout and help tackle homelessness

Petrus Community is preparing for its annual charity sleepout on Friday 29 March 2019.

Each year Petrus invites the public to spend one night experiencing what it is like to sleep rough whilst raising funds for local charities.

Armed with only a cardboard box, blankets and a sleeping bag, those who take part will also help to rai

  Oct 2018

Greater Manchester homelessness charity set to grow under new Head

Greater Manchester homelessness charity set to grow under new Head

Petrus Community, a homelessness charity based in Rochdale, has appointed a new head following the retirement of Denis Skelton.

Rekha Patel-Harrison joins Petrus Community following her role as Director of Programme at City Year UK. Rekha originally joined the American-founded charity as Head of Site in 2015 and was instrumental in develop

  Oct 2018

A store in Rochdale is making a big impact on the local community

A store in Rochdale is making a big impact on the local community

On a small industrial estate, sandwiched between two vehicle repair shops, is a social enterprise making a big impact on the community of Rochdale.

The Petrus Community Store is owned and managed by Petrus Community, a homelessness charity which has been providing residential and support services in Rochdale since 1972. The store is run

  Oct 2018

Rochdale's Network of Community Gardeners

Rochdale's Network of Community Gardeners

We've created a short video about the Petrus Incredible Edible Rochdale (PIER) and its involvement with a wider network of community gardeners, through the Royal Horticultural Society’s In Bloom competition.

The video follows three Rochdale-based community allotments: Moss Grow Community Allotments and Kellett Road Grow Project.


  Aug 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

Job opportunity – Project Worker, Women in Prison

Do you have a commitment to working within a women-centred service and to making a difference to vulnerable women's lives?

Women in Prison (WIP) are a unique national charity providing support, advice and guidance to women in prison or at risk of offending. We currently have the following vacancy based in Manchester:

Project Worker
28 hours/week
£21,786.00 per annum, pro rata, fixed term contract until 31stth March 2021.

This role is based at Women in Prison's Manchester women's centre 'WomenMATTA', and

  Feb 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 it’s nice and warm!)

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

  Feb 2018

Retired police officer brings festive cheer to Rochdale's homeless for the third consecutive year

Retired police officer brings festive cheer to Rochdale's homeless for the third consecutive year

Fundraiser Andy O'Sullivan teamed up with the team at his local Morrisons Supermarket in Bacup, to raise vital funds for Petrus Community.

Andy, who regularly competes in running competitions on the homelessness charity's behalf, collected £350 across the festive period. The donations were used to provide a traditional Christmas dinner t

  Jan 2018

Petrus Strike Gold

Petrus Strike Gold

A Rochdale charity has been recognised for its investment in staff and good management.

Petrus Community, a homelessness charity which provides residential and day services, was awarded Investors in People Gold Standard after being independently assessed.

In particular, Petrus was praised for its exceptionally strong core va

  Nov 2017

Rochdale's homeless community speak up and speak out through the Hidden Tales project

Rochdale's homeless community speak up and speak out through the Hidden Tales project

Rochdales homeless community speak up and speak out through the powerful and uplifting Hidden Tales project

People from Rochdale's homeless community have shared their personal stories through poetry, music and a series of short films, as part of a hugely successful arts project.

Hidden Tales is a unique digital arts and performance project

  Nov 2017

Hidden Tales of Rochdale

Remarkable tales of resilience told in an innovative digital art trail

Hidden Tales arts trail reveals eight personal and inspiring stories of change and survival.

The unmissable artworks, which are on display in public spaces around the town centre, each feature a poem, a portrait and a QR code, which link to a series of breath taking short films about addiction, mental illness, hope and resilience.

Petrus service users and volunteers shared their stories and worked with Community Arts North West to create these stor

  Sep 2017

Volunteers needed at our Community Store

We have a variety of roles from till personnel to drivers mate.

Flexible hours and training and support provided.

For more information contact Liz Varey on 01706 345 844

or, visit

  Jun 2017

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

Hidden Rochdale - 21 June 2016

Hidden Rochdale - 21 June 2016

The Hidden Rochdale Team from Petrus and Community Arts Northwest visiting Manchester Met University and Hume, to meet with University staff and experiment with new tech, taking a journey through urban sites and city gardens, sharing, exploring, preparing for Hidden Rochdale.

Next week...? We will keep you posted!

Photos by Lee Kirby

  Jun 2016

Art Volunteers Needed

We are currently looking for volunteers with an interest in art to help to create a 24 metre long art and information wall at the allotment on Belfield Road as part of our Grow Wild Homes To Habitats project.

We would particularly like to engage young people aged 12 – 25 although anybody is welcome to join us. Please see the poster below and circulate to anyone who may be interested in taking park either in creating the art wall or supporting volunteers to do so.

More information can be found via the link below:


  Jun 2016

National Wildlife Centre Visit

NOW FULLY BOOKED - contact Rachel to be added to the reserve list

Please see below details of the trip to the National Wildlife Centre on the 13th July 2016.

The trip will include a visit to the grounds, the visitors centre and there is a café. A coach has been hired to take up to 50 people funded by Grow Wild and admission is just £1.75.

All welcome.

Please share. Booking confirmed upon payment on a fist come first served basis.

  Jun 2016

Petrus Sleep Out 2016 - April 22nd

Petrus Sleep Out 2016 - April 22nd

The Petrus Sleep Out is a fundraising event to raise money for vulnerable people in the borough of Rochdale and help provide frontline services for women and men in housing need. It is supported by the Mayor's charity.

Around 30 volunteers will be sleeping out under the stars to highlight the plight of those who have no other option but to sle
  Apr 2016

Happy Birthday To Our Store!

Petrus People Community store is now 2 years old and how proud we are! Just like any other 2 year old, it has grown up and learned a lot in this last 2 years.

As we celebrate our bithday it seems like a good time to take stock of what has been achieved in the last 2 years and to make our customers and donors more aware of the work of Petrus Community in Rochdale and the surrounding boroughs.

What do we do? We sell donated goods that still have life in them and our prices are hard to beat. We sell anything and everything; inc

  Dec 2015

Cartwheel Arts Scribble Festival

Please see belowdetails of the Annual Scribble Festival by Cartwheel Arts.

PIER plan to attend the event which is open to the public and free. Last years event was fantastic.

Free tickets can be booked via the link below:

  Oct 2015

P.I.E.R. allotment activity day

The young people completing the National Citizenship Scheme with the Challenge Network are joining forces with PIER for an open activity day at the allotment on Saturday 12th September.

All are welcome to attend.
  Aug 2015

Pictures from the PIER allotment 'Dig It' launch event

We recently held the official launch of the PIER Incredible Medical Allotment on Belfield Road. Here is a selection of photos from the day. Hope you enjoy them.

Thank you to everyone who attended and who volunteered to help with the preparations and on the day. Everyone did a great job!
  Jul 2015

PIER allotment 'Dig It' launch event

Please see attached an invitation to our PIER allotment Dig It launch event on the 22nd July.

It would be great if you could make it. On the day we will have lots of activities followed by a buffet lunch.

If you are interested in adopting one of our plots or any other involvement with the allotment please get in touch.
  Jun 2015

A new name for Green Gym - Petrus Incredible Edible Rochdale

As of May 4th 2015 the Petrus Green Gym have changed their name!

Exciting things are happening with the Green Gym and we have some fantastic projects lined up. We will soon be starting a community allotment on Entwistle Road partly funded by the RHS on land donated by the Eric Wright Group and will be working closely with Incredible Edible Todmorden. In light of our increased move towards food growing in the community we are pleased to announce that we will are now "Petrus Incredible Edible Rochdale" (P.I.E.R). We are looking forw
  May 2015

Green Gym Volunteers Meetings

Green Gym Volunteers Meetings

As of the 10th of March 2015 the Green Gym will be holding a monthly volunteer meetings.
  Mar 2015

Petrus People open new Community Store in Smallbridge

Petrus People open new Community Store in Smallbridge

Petrus People opened its second community store in Smallbridge on the 1 December. The new shop is called ‘Shop In The Square’ and the opening was carried out by Simon Danczuk MP who cut the ribbon and was supported by local councillors including the Leader of the Council Richard Farnell. The event was also attended by Petrus staff, supporters, vol
  Dec 2014

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

Petrus People Community Store – happy first birthday

Petrus People Community Store – happy first birthday

Petrus the local homeless charity recently celebrated 12 months of operating the Petrus Community Store on Hamer Lane, Rochdale. The Community Store recycle goods including furniture, clothing, bric-a-brac and household goods. Proceeds from the sale of goods will go towards helping to support the work of Petrus with local homeless people. In addit
  Dec 2014

Petrus Community Store: September 2014

We urgently need your unwanted goods or furniture for resale at our Hamer Lane, Rochdale store.

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  Sep 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

Green Gym

The Green Gym will soon be involving Petrus service users in developing our hanging basket social enterprise project and are working with local elderly people and those with a mobility issue to tidy up and do basic maintenance jobs in their gardens.

  Mar 2013

Green Gym Helps Community to Blossom

Green Gym Helps Community to Blossom

The Petrus Community, which supports local homeless people, has secured a one-off grant of nearly £1,500 to develop a gardening project at their Beswicke Royds Street supported housing scheme.

The funding was awarded by the Rochdale Township Committee and The Regenda Group to create a 'Green Gym' which will include a greenhouse, hor

  Mar 2012

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