Petrus News

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.

Petrus NewsStepUp NewsPetrus Women's NewsPeople News   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

Petrus NewsPetrus Women's NewsPeople NewsService User NewsPetrus Incredible Edible Rochdale News   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

Petrus NewsHousing NewsStepUp NewsPetrus Women's NewsPeople NewsService User NewsPetrus Incredible Edible Rochdale News   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

Petrus NewsHousing NewsStepUp NewsPetrus Women's NewsPeople NewsService User NewsPetrus Incredible Edible Rochdale News   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

Petrus NewsPeople News   Jan 2018

Buy a gift for a child this Christmas

Buy a gift for a child this Christmas

Once again we are working with social services to help spread festive cheer to children who need it most.

Last year, over 70 children received Christmas presents thanks to the appeal. So far we have received the names of 190 vulnerable children across Rochdale who will receive little or nothing on Christmas morning.

The Christmas Tre

Petrus News   Dec 2017

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

Petrus NewsPeople NewsService User NewsPetrus Incredible Edible Rochdale News   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

Petrus NewsPeople NewsService User News   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

Petrus NewsPeople News   Sep 2017

Petrus PIER - Big Lunch - Friday 16th June

We are hopefully (weather permitting!) going to be hosting our first big lunch at the allotment this Friday!

It is part of a national project led by the Eden Project which aims to bring communities together for lunch over the coming weekend.

The idea is that people throughout the community bring a picnic and have lunch together.

Petrus NewsService User NewsPetrus Incredible Edible Rochdale News   Jun 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

Petrus NewsPeople NewsService User NewsPetrus Incredible Edible Rochdale News   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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Guided Walk i
Petrus NewsHousing NewsStepUp NewsPetrus Women's NewsPeople NewsService User NewsPetrus Incredible Edible Rochdale News   May 2017

PIER Survey

Petrus Incredible Medical Allotment. Belfield Road, Rochdale, OL162UP

We would really like to hear your thoughts about our community allotment and garden to help us evaluate and improve our service and let our funders and partners know about its impact on the people who live and work in the area.

Download the Survey

Please could you spare the time to complete our survey and return it to us. Completed forms can be handed in to any of the addresses at the end of the survey or sent via email to rachel.bennion@petr

Petrus NewsPetrus Incredible Edible Rochdale News   Mar 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

Petrus NewsHousing NewsStepUp NewsPetrus Women's NewsPeople NewsService User News   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

Petrus NewsHousing NewsStepUp NewsPetrus Women's NewsPeople NewsService User News   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

Petrus NewsHousing NewsStepUp NewsPetrus Women's NewsPeople NewsService User News   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:

Petrus NewsHousing NewsStepUp NewsPetrus Women's NewsPeople NewsService User NewsPetrus Incredible Edible Rochdale News   Oct 2016

Petrus becomes part of the Regenda Group

Petrus becomes part of the Regenda Group

One of the North West's leading housing businesses has taken on as a partner a respected charity for the homeless.

The Petrus Community, which has been providing supported housing and services to homeless people since 1972, has now become part of the Regenda Group of companies.

The partnership gives greater strength and stability

Petrus NewsPetrus Women's News   Aug 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

Petrus NewsPetrus Women's NewsPeople NewsService User News   Jun 2016

Mayor praises Rochdale community project for its work with women offenders

Mayor praises Rochdale community project for its work with women offenders


Greater Manchester Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd has praised a Rochdale community project for its work to keep women out of custody and prevent reoffending.

Speaking after his recent visit to the Petrus Hub, Tony said: "Short-term prison sentences for women who have committed less serious crimes ca

Petrus NewsPetrus Women's News   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:


Petrus NewsPeople NewsService User NewsPetrus Incredible Edible Rochdale News   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.

Petrus NewsPeople NewsService User NewsPetrus Incredible Edible Rochdale News   Jun 2016

Celebrating The Completion Of Greave House Building Works

Celebrating The Completion Of Greave House Building Works

The Mayor and Mayoress of Rochdale Councillors Surinder & Cecile Biant were special guests at a celebration event arranged to mark the completion of significant building improvement works at the Greave House supported housing service.

Greave House provides vital support and re-ablement services for local woman and men who have ment

Petrus NewsHousing News   May 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
Petrus NewsHousing NewsStepUp NewsPeople NewsService User NewsPetrus Incredible Edible Rochdale News   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

Petrus NewsPeople News   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:

Petrus NewsPeople NewsPetrus Incredible Edible Rochdale News   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.
Petrus NewsPeople NewsPetrus Incredible Edible Rochdale News   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!
Petrus NewsPeople NewsPetrus Incredible Edible Rochdale News   Jul 2015

Gallery 10 organised a fund raising for Petrus

Gallery 10 organised a fund raising for Petrus

Chris Hamilton & Angela Jenkin proprietors of Gallery 10 organised a fund raising event in aid of the local homelessness Charity the Petrus Community to help fund their work. Local artists were invited to paint miniature canvasses which were then sold to members of the public with proceeds being donated to the Petrus Community. The Mayor and Mayore
Petrus News   Jul 2015

Rochdale Catenians Raise Funds for The Petrus Community

Rochdale Catenians Raise Funds for The Petrus Community

Rochdale Catenians Raise Funds for The Petrus Community

Rochdale Catenians have raised £1,500 and donated it to help support the work of the local homelessness charity the Petrus Community. Peter Galvin, President of the Rochdale Catenians said 'I am delighted that the members of Rochdale Catenians adopted Petrus during my year as Presiden
Petrus News   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.
Petrus NewsPeople NewsPetrus Incredible Edible Rochdale News   Jun 2015

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

Petrus NewsStepUp News   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
Petrus NewsPeople NewsPetrus Incredible Edible Rochdale News   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.
Petrus NewsPeople NewsPetrus Incredible Edible Rochdale News   Mar 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

Petrus NewsStepUp News   Feb 2015

Hidden Homelessness

Homelessness is a big discussion point at the moment with housing prices well beyond the pocket of many and changes in the benefits system which mean families are having to give up homes for one reason or another. The idea of 'homelesness' often conjures up images of people on the street, bearded and drunk or under the influence of drugs. Such people are a part of the homelessness problem. Another, larger, group are those who live in fear and at risk of homelesness or are being looked after by a local authority because they are deemed to h

Petrus News   Jan 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
Petrus NewsPeople News   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
Petrus NewsHousing NewsStepUp NewsPeople NewsService User NewsPetrus Incredible Edible Rochdale News   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
Petrus NewsPeople News   Dec 2014

Bond Board and the Petrus Community Partnership Agreement

Bond Board and the Petrus Community Partnership Agreement

The Bond Board and the Petrus Community have agreed a formal partnership. The agreement builds on Step Up Rochdale and the Spare Room Projects two successful joint initiatives in Rochdale Borough which have helped to reduce and prevent homelessness.

The agreement commits both organisations to continue working together to expand and develop ho
Petrus News   Oct 2014

Food When - a recipe for success

Food When - a recipe for success

A short book of recipes, stories and poems entitled 'Food When' was launched at Danczuk's Deli on The Walk in Rochdale. The book was the outcome of a collaboration between the Petrus Community, who provide services to homeless people in the borough, and Cartwheel Arts, as part of their 'Tell Us Another One' programme. The project brought service us
Petrus News   Oct 2014

Church Action on Poverty and Christian Aid Study

Church Action on Poverty and Christian Aid Study

Church Action on Poverty and Christian Aid have been engaged in a comparative study of poverty in this country and in the Third World which will culminate in a conference in Manchester on 8th November.

They requested a chance to talk with some of our service users, and this took place recently at Craig Lee House.

It was humbling to hear the
Petrus NewsService User News   Oct 2014

Petrus Community Store: September 2014

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

Read the full story:
Petrus NewsPeople News   Sep 2014


Rochdale Catenians are hosting a charity fund raising event for the Petrus Community which is being held on Friday, 26th September at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre, Kingsway, Rochdale, 7.30p.m. for 8.00 p.m.

The price of a ticket is £10 which includes food and raffle a competition with 9 delicious wines from France to taste and identify with plenty of clues!

We do hope that as many of our members and supporters will be able to help support this event and have a very enjoyable evening.

There are a limited number of tickets available n
Petrus News   Sep 2014

Petrus Community Grand Raffle

Petrus Community Grand Raffle

The Petrus Community Grand Raffle was drawn by the Mayor Councillor Carol Wardle.

The raffle raised £750.00 which will go towards the provision of services for homeless people in Rochdale.

Petrus Co-ordinator, Denis Skelton said: 'Once again we wish to thank the people of Rochdale for supporting our work by both purchasing raff

Petrus News   Aug 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

Petrus NewsStepUp News   Jul 2014



The Petrus Green recently paid a visit to Incredible Edible Todmorden where we met with the founding members Pam Warhurst and Mary Clear. We heard about their experiences and the amazing work they have been doing in the Todmorden area and how they are now branching out to other areas by working with other projects such as Offshoots Permaculture

Petrus News   Jan 2014

Homelessness Debate in Parliament

There was a debate on homelessness in Parliament on 18 December 2013. The following is an extract from the contribution to the debate by Simon Danczuk, the MP for Rochdale.

'The Petrus homelessness project in Rochdale has achieved an incredible amount on an exceptionally tight budget, even though it has faced severe budget cuts. If it were not for Petrus, dozens of people in Rochdale would have died prematurely as a result of homelessness. If politicians are serious about addressing homelessness, they should watch a video called &quo

Petrus News   Jan 2014

Petrus Films

The first link below will take you to a short film, Inspiring Stories, made about the BHealthy scheme. Petrus worked with Community Arts Northwest and filmmaker Lee Kirby to produce this film. It's a very cheery piece about the positive impact of BHealthy and our work with volunteers:

The second link, below, is the link for the Roofless and There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk films both produced as part of the Digital Sparks Project. The film was produced by Petrus, Community Arts Northwest

Petrus News   Dec 2013

The Petrus Community Store Opens

After a year of hard effort, The Petrus Community Store will be opening for business in the first week of December 2013.

The store is located in Hamer Lane, Rochdale.

Initially the store will be Open Wednesday to Saturday, 10.00 am - 3.00 pm

We've had fantastic support in developing the store from community groups, from individuals and from Rochdale Council officers and councillors. In particular the Rotary Club of Rochdale to arranged a couple of days to help us out but they just keep on coming and doing amazing work

Petrus News   Nov 2013

Hamer Community Store - Volunteers Needed

Petrus is looking for volunteers to work at its Community Store in Hamer.

» Please see the attached leaflet for details

Petrus News   Aug 2013

Green-fingered Visit for Team at Homeless Charity

Green-fingered Visit for Team at Homeless Charity

Staff and volunteers from Rochdale-based charity the Petrus Community revved up for a masterclass in using garden powertools.

The team from M&Y - the repairs and maintenance arm of leading North West housing group, Regenda - spent the day at Petrus's Green Gym in Besiwcke Royds Street.

Petrus, which provides a range of servic

Petrus News   Jul 2013

A fresh start at UniValet - and free car cleaning for two lucky customers!

A fresh start at UniValet - and free car cleaning for two lucky customers!

A fresh start at UniValet - and free car cleaning for two lucky customers!

The UniValet service has a new clean and gleam team, who will keep your vehicles shiny across the summer months.

Derrick, David and Mark had been long-term unemployed, but had demonstrated their commitment to getting back into work by attending a pre-emplo

Petrus News   Jun 2013

Rochdale Artists Support the Petrus Community

Rochdale Artists Support the Petrus Community

An exhibition of paintings at Number Ten Gallery, Baillie Street, Rochdale by Colin Fielding, Lorraine Dewhirst & Colin Gilbert

With Special Guest Walter Kershaw

29th June 2013 - 26th July 2013

Preview night 28th June 2013 at 7.00pm

Petrus News   Jun 2013

Rotary Club of Rochdale

Rotary Club of Rochdale

Picture: Denis Skelton, Petrus co-ordinator is presented with a cheque donation from David Smithard, President of the Rotary Club of Rochdale

A generous donation of £1,500 has been made by the Rotary Club of Rochdale will be put towards the development of Petrus' social enterprises, which include the Petrus Community Sto

Petrus News   Jun 2013

Petrus Newsletter - May 2013

To read about Petrus work with volunteers, Step Up Rochdale, Long Street supporters group, the Petrus AGM and issues around welfare reform, download the May 2013 issue of Petrus News

Petrus News   May 2013

BHealthy Launch Day

BHealthy Launch Day

On Wednesday 16th May the Petrus Community launched our BHealthy project. BHealthy’s aim is to support individuals to engage with health services and for their health and quality of life to improve.

The event, held at Petrus Hub, was attended by around forty people. Those attendees were Petrus service users, the new BHealthy volunteers a

Petrus News   May 2013

Volunteer recruitment session - 9 April 2013

Petrus is looking to recruit a number of volunteers from the community for its BHealthy project, the Step up Rochdale Lodgings scheme, its Green Gym gardening project and for the upcoming Petrus Store.

  • For more details see our Jobs/Volunteers page
Petrus News   Apr 2013

Volunteer introductory session - 26 March 2013

Volunteer introductory session - 26 March 2013

On Tuesday 26 March, Petrus held an introductory session for our new volunteer opportunities.

Deputy co-ordinator Phil Foster welcomed everyone and then the 4 Petrus staff responsible explained the new developments at Petrus.

Potential volunteers were made aware of BHealthy, Green Gym, Petrus People and the Community Store and the

Petrus News   Apr 2013


Rochdale is one of 22 communities to benefit from a grant to help ensure that no-one spends a second night on the street.

12 people are estimated to be sleeping rough on any one night in Rochdale.

Local charity Petrus, in partnership with the Bond Board, has been awarded £199,108 to help Rochdale get rough sleepers off the streets, into secure accommodation and back on track.

The funding follows the launch of Streetlink, a new hotline and website which enables concerned membe

Petrus News   Apr 2013

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
Petrus NewsHousing NewsStepUp NewsPeople News   Mar 2013

Gardening with Petrus

In the Spring Petrus will be expanding our two main projects based on service users developing gardening skills and making a positive contribution to the local community.

Petrus NewsService User News   Mar 2013

Grow Together

The Grow Together project is run in partnership with Groundwork who have been running groups developing skills for Petrus service users. The Grow Together group have built bird boxes and bird tables, planted seeds and flowers and learnt how to maintain gardens.

Petrus NewsService User News   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.

Petrus NewsPeople NewsService User NewsPetrus Incredible Edible Rochdale News   Mar 2013

Launch of UniValet

Launch of UniValet

Petrus UniValet car cleaning service, operated in partnership with Manchester University, was officially launched on 1st November 2012 by Dame Nancy Rothwell, Vice-Chancellor and President of Manchester University. The purpose of this new social enterprise is to help people back into the job market and potentially into employment at Manchester U

Petrus News   Nov 2012

100k Manchester Bike Ride

Petrus staff took part in the Christies annual 100k Manchester Bike Ride in September.
For the Rochdale Observer report please click here.

Petrus News   Sep 2012

Petrus Newsletter - September 2012

Download our September newsletter here: Petrus Newsletter - September 2012

Petrus News   Sep 2012

Homeless Games in Liverpool 6th & 7th September 2012

A group of 16 service users attended the 3rd homeless games held at Waverly sports centre in Liverpool. Activities included football, cricket, tennis, table tennis, darts, badminton, cycling, swimming, along with less strenuous activities such as board games, art workshops and computer sessions. On the day service users also had the chance to see a team of dentists, opticians and various beauty therapists. Food was provided throughout the day and all in all in was very well organised.

Although Petrus may not have won many gold medals

Petrus News   Sep 2012

Petrus Newsletter - April 2012

Download our April newsletter here: Petrus Newsletter - April 2012

Petrus News   Apr 2012

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

Petrus NewsPeople NewsPetrus Incredible Edible Rochdale News   Mar 2012

Beswicke Royds Street Official Opening

Bernard Gallagher, Lynda Robinson,
Simon Danczuk and Jim Dobbin
by the opening plaque
Everybody gets hands-on
with the hanging baskets

In June Petrus closed its project at River Street and relocated to 90 Beswicke Royds Street. The official opening ceremony of the new project took place on 4th November 2011. Bernard Gallagher, C.E.O of the Regenda Group, the developers of the property, officiated and during his speech reflected on the long standing relationship Regenda has had with Petrus. The event was filmed by Petrus and

Petrus News   Nov 2011

Petrus and Rochdale Probation Service - Women's Intervention Project re-launch

The re-launch of the Women's Intervention Project event on Monday 7 November was attended by over 65 people from various different agencies from around the borough. There was an awards ceremony for all the women who had completed various workshops who were presented with a certificate of recognition for their hard work. The presentation by Emily Lamb (Magistrate and Board Member of the Greater Manchester probation service).

The Women's Intervention Project is a partnership between Petrus and the Probation Service. It is an environment

Petrus News   Nov 2011

Volunteer Awards - National Volunteer Week

Volunteer Awards - National Volunteer Week

On the 1st June 2011 Petrus Hub decided to hold an event to mark national volunteer week. All of our volunteers were presented with certificates from Iram Taj (CVS Volunteer Centre Manager)

The afternoon was a real success and we will continue to recognise the work that our volunteers do to continue us to support service users.


Petrus NewsService User News   Jun 2011

The Hub IT Group Magazine

Service users at The Hub IT group have put together a magazine that expresses something about the issues they've had to deal with while helping them to learn new skills at the same time. Have a look for yourself at what they've done:

  • Download the IT Hub Group Magazine

Philip Foster – Deputy Coordinator

Petrus NewsService User News   Jun 2011

What's in a name?

What's in a name?

Petrus Trustees have decided to rename the Day Centre. From now on it will be known as the Petrus Hub.

The change reflects how the project has become a proactive service provider to Petrus and other homelessness services in the Borough, running a range of services including the Roughsleeper and Outreach services, training and individual

Petrus News   Dec 2010

3rd annual sponsored walk around Hollingworth Lake

3rd annual sponsored walk around Hollingworth Lake

Petrus held its 3rd annual sponsored walk around Hollingworth Lake on Saturday 11 September, to raise money which will go towards the provision of services for homeless people in Rochdale.

Among the 30 Petrus supporters who took part in the sponsored walk were Councillors. Daalat Ali and Rosemary Jones. Simon Danczuk MP also attended to s

Petrus News   Sep 2010

Rochdale MBC Cabinet Member Visits the Day Centre

Rochdale MBC Cabinet Member Visits the Day Centre

Councillor Keith Swift, The Cabinet Member for Skills and Economic Recovery, visited the Day Centre on 25 August. He spent a couple of hours with a large number of Petrus service users at one of the Cook and Eat groups organised at the Day Centre. Councillor Swift clearly enjoyed his time with the service users and at the end was able to sit dow

Petrus News   Aug 2010

Service Users Consultation Feedback

We've now put together the feedback we've had from the recent consultations we've had with service users about Petrus. You can see a copy of the feedback by downloading this document:

  • Summary of Feedback

Philip Foster – Deputy Coordinator

Petrus NewsService User News   Jul 2010

Rotary Club of Rochdale Donations

Rotary Club of Rochdale Donations

Peter Galvin, Petrus Trustee, recently accepted a cheque for £500 from Dr Elvet Smith, Chair of the Rotary Club of Rochdale. Altogether, the Rotary Club has raised £1,500 this year for Petrus. Thanks to all who have been involved in this effort on our behalf.

Petrus News   Jul 2010

Volunteers Needed

Petrus is seeking to recruit volunteers to assist in our Day Centre kitchen, particularly in the preparation of breakfast food. Help is needed Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 10.30am.
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Petrus News   Jul 2010

Service Users Consultation

We've been consulting with service users through May about support planning and assessments, health and safety, safeguarding and protection from abuse, fair access and diversity and service user empowerment. We held a pilot consultation at Craig Lee early in May and on 24 May had a large consultation event at the Day Centre. Twenty five service users attended from all over Petrus and the event was a great success. We'll be working on consulting with more service users throughout June - please tell us what you think!

Petrus NewsService User News   Jun 2010


Petrus has secured £10,000 from the Rochdale's Health & Wellbeing Fund to deliver health related workshops and activities over the next year.

The workshops and activities will be run from our Day Centre and will include arts & crafts, cooking, keep fit, smoking cessation, a walking group, swimming and much much more.

The activities and workshops will be open to people living in the Borough of Rochdale who are in supported housing, people without any accommodation and those who have their own tenancy but need suppo

Petrus News   Jun 2010

Petrus Trustee Recruitment

Petrus Trustee Recruitment

On 17 June, Petrus had an evening event aimed at recruiting new trustees. Lynda Robinson, Chair of Petrus, introduced the proceedings. Chris Blackwell, a founder member of Petrus, spoke about how and why petrus was established. Finally, Pat Culkin talked about the responsibilities and duties of a trustee. The event was well attended and was hop

Petrus News   Jun 2010

Successful Assessment of the Roughsleeper Service

The Roughsleeper service had a verification visit recently by the Rochdale Supporting People team, looking at our assessment and support planning processes. We're happy to say that the assessment was a very positive one and overall awarded a level A. This reflects the high value we place working to engage service users effectively and on working in partnership with relevent agencies in and around Rochdale. At the same time we were pleased to hear that the contract for the service has been extended until next March. Congratulations to Sue, Ch

Petrus News   Jun 2010

Free Makovers!

Free Makovers!

Last week a number of service users from Greave and Cheviot took up the offer of a free makeover from Jamilla Pauls. Food was provided and as you can see from the photos, everybody had a great time. Our thanks to the staff at Jamilla Pauls for their efforts - they were greatly appreciated.

Sonia Rothwell - Project Leader - Greave - March

Petrus NewsService User News   Mar 2010

Andy Whitaker

Andy Whitaker

Andy Whitaker, a Petrus Service user, who is just about to move into a place of his own, is currently featuring in a poster campaign whilst highlights the fantastic progress he's made in his life in the past few years.

You can read more about Andy's success by following these links.

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Petrus NewsService User News   Mar 2010

Falinge women learn to build with the Jericho Project.

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Petrus NewsService User News   Mar 2010

Ideas Wanted for Diversity Events

We're looking to organise a series of events for staff/service users to take place perhaps on a monthly basis, around bringing in groups relevant to the theme of diversity. The idea is to be as diverse about hearing from diverse groups as we can!

We'll be looking to build a programme and are looking for any ideas staff or service users might have about groups we might contact for this. The list of kinds of groups is practically endless - any groups addressing needs around gender, ethnicity, sexuality, health, age, belief etc is poten

Petrus News   Feb 2010

Petrus Service Users - We Want Your Views!

In the course of 2010 we will be working to achieve a top assessment in the Quality Assurance Framework (QAF). As some of you will know, the QAF is the way we prove to our main funder, Rochdale Council Supporting People, that we provide a good service. To achieve our aim, we will be trying to find out what you think about what we do and how we might improve things. You'll be hearing a lot more about this over the coming months but for now I'll be sending you a list of the key areas we'll be wanting to hear from you about. You can download TH

Petrus NewsService User News   Jan 2010

The Rotary Club Donation

Petrus has recently received a substantial donation from The Rotary Club. You can read more by following this link.

For more information please follow the link:

January 2010

Petrus News   Jan 2010

Petrus Roughsleepers Project - First Year Report

The Petrus Roughsleepers project was commissioned for one year in September 2008 by Rochdale Supporting People in partnership with Rochdale MBC Homelessness. It's aim was to address issues relating to rough sleeping in the Borough. Petrus started the contract in mid-September 2008. In September 2009 the service was extended for a further year.

You can read more about the service's successful first year in this report.

Petrus News   Jan 2010

Table Top Sale

Table Top Sale

Service users at the Day Centre planned a retail enterpise recently - running a Table Top Sale on the first Friday in December. The event was not only jointly planned by service users and staff at the Day Centre, it also included products - Christmas cards, clothing and cakes which had been made by service users as a result of their involvement

Petrus NewsService User News   Dec 2009

Petrus Trainee Development used as a National Case Study

The way Petrus has developed Trainee posts on the Roughsleeper Project for people who have previosuly experienced homelessness has been used by Thamesreach as a case study to promote service user employment nationally.

For more information please follow the link:

Petrus News   Nov 2009

Petrus Community Day

Petrus Community Day

Petrus held a Community Day at Castlemere Community Centre on 25 October 2009 which was attended by more than 100 service users, staff and trustees.

Amongst other activities, service users from Falinge Road and Ruth House put on a fashion show and staff from Long Street did a much appreciated presentation of cooking. There was a stall of

Petrus News   Oct 2009

Petrus welcomes Pat Culkin

Petrus is glad to welcome Pat Culkin onto the Board of Trustees. Pat has long experience in the Social Sector, working most recently, ahead of retirement as the District Manager of the Probation Service in Rochdale. He was also Chair of the Rochdale MBC Commissioning Board for Supporting People. We are sure that Pat's experience will be of great value to Petrus.
Petrus News   Sep 2009

Sponsored Walk

Sponsored Walk

A sponsored walk around Hollingworth Lake on September 5th in aid of the work of the Petrus, is hoped to have raised around £1,000, which will go towards the provision of services and activities at Petrus' day centre service. The Mayor and Mayoress, Councillor Keith Swift and Suzanne Etchells, supported the event. 30 members and supporters of Pe

Petrus News   Sep 2009

Christmas Cards by Belly Button

At Christmas a set of Christmas cards will be available for sale from which Petrus will earn a contribution per sale. This has been arranged in partnership with Bellybutton, a Manchester based company who produce a variety of cards. For more news on this visit the Belly Button web site, and have a look in the news/more news section.
Petrus News   Aug 2009

Long Street Take Female Referrals

As of July our house in Middleton at Long Street has now started accepting female residents. This is working well with two female residents already at Long Street. Staff are happy to answer enquires about this development.
Petrus News   Aug 2009

Nicki Pilkington

Nicki Pilkington, Deputy Coordinator, left Petrus in August after working at Petrus for over 15 years. Staff and trustees are well aware of the hard work that Nicki put in in her time with Petrus and want to wish her well for the future.
Petrus News   Aug 2009

Tasty new menu is on offer to homeless

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Petrus NewsService User News   Jul 2009

Good News at the Day Centre

Steve has been coming into the day centre for many months getting help and support off staff in completing job application forms as English is not his first language. Staff supported him in completing over ten job application forms. Steve kept on trying with help and support from the Day Centre staff. He managed to stay positive and enthusiastic in the hope of finding a job. Whist he was looking for a job he got involved in day centre activities which give him skills of budgeting/cooking/health and safety and most recently workshops around l

Petrus NewsService User News   Jul 2009

Day Centre Service User housed

Nigel was a regular visitor to Petrus Day Centre accessing various group activities and support until a change of events brought him problems. Living on his own, Nigel became a target for local youths where he lived. This caused a severe breakdown in his mental health. As a result he was taken in to hospital. He then lost his tenancy.

With the help of the Day Centre, Outreach and Petrus Floating Support staff Nigel was visited regularly in hospital to offer him different forms of support.

From hospital, Petrus staff helped Ni

Petrus NewsService User News   Apr 2009

Floating Support football match

In late February a trip was organised to go and watch a football match at Gigg Lane in Bury. The match was FC United v Buxton. We were kindly given some free tickets and everyone said they really enjoyed the day out. Nine people attended including 2 staff members.

"There was a good turnout for the match, it was a game of 2 halves as they say and everyone enjoyed the day, the game ended 1-1 and most people said they would go again", said Patrick from floating support.

The next meeting of the Floating Support Service User meeti

Petrus NewsService User News   Apr 2009

Falinge Road service users getting out and about

Ruth, who's been at Falinge Road for seven months has said, 'Since coming to Petrus, due to the support from the staff, I've had help around my drug use. I'm now using less frequently. I've also had help with budgeting. I no longer spend all my money on drugs. With staff support I've got in contact with Green Volunteers in Rochdale which has given me a sense of putting something abck into the community.

Another resident from Falinge has said,'Since living at Falinge Road, I've started attending the Cook and Eat group at the Day Centr

Petrus NewsService User News   Apr 2009

Service user forum for Roughsleepers service

When Petrus Roughsleepers service began to work with M, he was sleeping rough in derelict buildings that were unsafe and due to be demolished. He had been living rough on and off for a number of years and also had a heroin and crack cocaine addiction. Six months down the line M is now in long term supported accommodation and is turning his life around. He's attending Adelaide drug clinic for treatment and has remained drug free. He is doing so well in his supported accommodation that his support needs are now assessed as low and he's looking

Petrus NewsService User News   Apr 2009

Getting training for Robert at Greave

Robert currently a resident at Greave House recently applied to the Kingsway project to do some of their courses. These included Health and Safety, Manual Handling, Food Hygiene and First Aid Awareness.

In the past Robert had difficulty attending courses for various reasons, sometimes forgetting the date or time. To combat this Robert purchased a calendar and alarm clock to remind him when the courses were happening This was a great success. He completed all the training and is now waiting for his certificates to arrive.


Petrus NewsService User News   Apr 2009

New referral system

As of April 6th Petrus is operating a new simplified referral system which aims to improve access to Petrus' supported housing services, by introducing a more streamlined and efficient route in to our services. There are now just two routes in to the agency, one for male & one for female, with a quicker turn-around for interviewing applicants and making decisions on acceptance. For further details see the referrals information on the website.
Petrus News   Apr 2009

Supporting People review of single homelessness

Supporting People are concluding a review of single homeless services within the Borough and we expect to be fully engaged in the outcomes of that review, which we hope will help to improve services and create better 'joined up' working arrangements.
Petrus News   Apr 2009

Visit by Council Portfolio Holder for Vulnerable Adults

Petrus were very pleased to recently meet Cllr. Dale Mulgrew the portfolio holder for Vulnerable Adults, which includes oversight of the Supporting people Programme in Rochdale. Cllr. Mulgrew visited our River Street and Falinge Road services and had an opportunity to meet both staff and service users with whom he had lengthy discussions about life at Petrus.
Petrus News   Apr 2009

Day Centre Re-launch

Sally Trench nationally acclaimed author and social campaigner officiated at the day centres' re-launch & celebration event held during February. The event included a presentation of art and poems performed by service users. Over a hundred people attended the event including local councillors and officers representatives from a wide range of local agencies and service user, staff and Trustees from Petrus.
Petrus News   Apr 2009

Spark Funding

Petrus made a strong bid to the 2009 Spark Challenge, a pot of money established via the government and supported by a number of businesses to fund social enterprises which help reduce homelessness and create employment. Although Petrus were not one of the 15 organisations shortlisted the programme director of Spark has written to Petrus expressing interest in further developing Petrus' plan to set up practical services to help rehouse people and provide training & employment opportunities.
Petrus News   Apr 2009

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