Petrus Service User 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.

We'v

  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.

Wh

  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

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

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

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.

  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

Liz.Varey@petrus.org.uk

or, visit www.petrus.org.uk

  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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Please share the updated poster with your networks.

Guided Walk i
  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: http://www.rochdaleonline.co.uk/news-features/105721

  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:

www.growwil

  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

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

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
  Oct 2014

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.

  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.

  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

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.

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  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

  Jun 2011

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

  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!

  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

  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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  Mar 2010

Falinge women learn to build with the Jericho Project.

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  Mar 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

  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

  Dec 2009

Tasty new menu is on offer to homeless

» More details... (Rochdale Observer)

  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

  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

  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

  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

  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

  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.

Whil

  Apr 2009

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