Friends and supporters of the brand-new Fix Up Academy in Prestwich donated clothes by the bundle to the homeless, recently.

But rather than see them used just to keep the vulnerable warm in winter, the quality threads will be donned all-year round for job interviews and important presentations.

Homeless-Friendly collected the clobber from the Bury Old Road concern and have now distributed it to Christian charities working day-to-day with people of no fixed address.

“People think of the vulnerable at Christmas and I dare say the cold weather has made them consider those living on the streets” said Cheryl Hogan, founder of Fix Up. “But we are about offering sustainable solutions to help change lives. As beauticians we realise the importance of appearance in impressing others and building self-confidence and want to ensure that homeless people have every chance of gaining employment.”

Faith based Fix Up aims to aid prison leavers, forces veterans and other men experiencing disadvantage. Uniquely, it offers them the chance of gaining skills and qualifications coupled with a mix of mental and physical health mentoring. Enrichment activities such as boxing and gym sessions, make trainees fit-for-work.

Opening in March, Fix Up is happy to hear from any organisation currently helping their core group and has plenty of partnership, volunteering, and mentoring opportunities available. To find out more, email

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