Petrus Women News

Housing First vacancies

Housing First vacancies

Petrus, in partnership with The Bond Board, has a number of fantastic opportunities to join the Housing First Team.

Housing First is a defined approach to ending homelessness, which provides individuals with a permanent offer of independent, stable housing and open-ended wrap-around support.

Find out more about Housing First.

  May 2019

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

Seb Moore wants to raise £300 to help the homeless before Xmas...

Seb Moore, a seven-year-old Kart Racing sensation, is taking a on a challenge to help raise money for Petrus.

Last Christmas Eve, Seb saw a homeless man while out shopping with his parents. He approached the man and gave him some money and wished him a Merry Christmas. By the time he got to the car Seb, burst into tears and was very upset that the man would have to spend Christmas on the streets.

Seb wants to try and give something to the less fortunate, who unfortunately won't have the comfort of a

  Dec 2018

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

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

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 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

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

  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

  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

  Jun 2016

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