The River Manchester

Founder Lydia Chan has worked in the charity sector for over twelve years, with a focus on poverty and homelessness.

When approached by a woman who was struggling to cope after fleeing domestic abuse with her ten year old son, Lydia was compelled to help and set about arranging food parcels, furniture and a team of volunteers to help make their new accommodation feel like home.

Within the first year, The River completed ten more days of painting and decorating for families who had to relocate due to domestic abuse and worked with over 60 people to rebuild confidence and employability through hands-on skills training.

Now, with the help of a small group of volunteers, Lydia and dedicated staff member Janet continue their invaluable work from the charity shop they run in Openshaw which also serves as a foodbank, cafe and training facility.

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