Here is how you can support Manchester’s homeless charities by dining at these amazing restaurants

The StreetSmart scheme launched this week, where you can help the homeless by eating at some of your favourite restaurants
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The scheme works by participating restaurants adding £1 to every bill they deliver over November and December, with ALL money raised going directly to local homeless organisations.

A whole host of incredible restaurants from Manchester’s hospitality scene have signed up to take part this year, including Manchester’s only Michelin star restaurant mana, owned and operated by chef Simon Martin.

Other restaurants taking part include pan-Asian restaurant Tampopo, who have recently been awarded a special national achievement award by StreetSmart for their outstanding fundraising efforts, as well as Spinningfields rooftop bar 20 Stories.

The full lineup of restaurants taking part this year so far are:

  • Mana, Ancoats, Manchester City Centre

  • HOME MCR, Manchester City Centre

  • Tampopo: Albert Square, Manchester City Centre.

  • Tampopo: Corn Exchange, Manchester City Centre.

  • Tampopo: Trafford Centre, Manchester City Centre.

  • Banyan, Corn Exchange

  • Banyan, Spinningfields

  • Manahatta, Deansgate

  • BOX, Deansgate

  • Bottega by San Carlo at Selfridges

  • 20 Stories, Spinningfields, Manchester City Centre

  • Noi Quattro, Ancoats

  • Street Urchin, Ancoats, Manchester City Centre

Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, has released a video appealing for even more restaurants to get involved.

He said: “We all know that the winter ahead is going to be one of the most challenging we’ve faced.

“Unfortunately, the people who will be hit hardest will be those who are already in the most precarious positions, and those already living at the edge could be pushed over it. That’s why the StreetSmart campaign is so important.

“A voluntary donation can help support life-changing initiatives here in our city region. Even in our toughest times, Greater Manchester has never walked on by. Please, if you can, help support StreetSmart this winter.”

The funds raised by StreetSmart here in Greater Manchester will go towards critical work of organisations including Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity and the “A Bed Every Night” scheme, which aims to provide a bed and personal support for anyone who is sleeping rough or is at imminent risk of homelessness in Greater Manchester.

Through this simple idea of adding a voluntary £1 to diners’ bills during the festive months, Greater Manchester restaurants and diners will be raising funds for local charitable projects that help those living on the streets and in unsuitable accommodation.

In previous years, StreetSmart has seen an incredible £34,000 raised by Manchester restaurants and this year those taking part are planning to smash that target.

Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity, along with other local homegrown charities who will benefit from the campaign, are focused on helping individuals break the cycle, regain their dignity and rebuild their lives via positive action, as well as providing crisis and emergency shelter and food during the current cost of living crisis.

StreetSmart has raised over £10 million since its foundation, and raised an incredible £696,000 for homeless people across the UK in 2021. Over 50 homelessness charities now benefit each year, with funds supporting services such as the creation of beds, housing, mental health advice & job support.

Glenn Pougnet, Director of StreetSmart said: “After another tough year for the hospitality industry, and for people all over the country, we are so grateful to the brilliant Manchester restaurants who have signed up so far.

“We know it’s a difficult time to run a restaurant so their support means more than ever. Unfortunately, tough times hit people who are already struggling the hardest and so the funding for charities like Bed Every Night are more vital than ever.

“We’d love to see even more restaurants sign up and join us in fighting homelessness this Christmas”

Restaurants across the city region can still sign up even though the StreetSmart 2022 Campaign has commenced by contacting siobhan@siobhanhanley.com or tom.allanson@gmmayorscharity.org.uk

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