Friday, 31 May 2013

Friday, 24 May 2013

What is in a name?

“It caused us a great deal of distress to give up the name by which we had been known for ninety years, but time does bring change and change has had to be gone through.” - Potted History.

Since the charity’s beginnings in 1870 it has been known under three different names. All chosen to reflect the work carried out by the organisation, they also reveal how the charity has changed. So what is in a name?


(1870 to 1960) Manchester and Salford Boys’ and Girls’ Refuges and Homes

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Who will look after me?

“There has been a rich vein of voluntary personal service for the Institution running through the strata of the years.” Making Rough Places Plain, William Edmonton.

Very little mention has been given regarding the countless numbers of staff over the years that helped to look after the charity’s children. Many worked tirelessly in the early days to ensure those that needed it were given food, a good home and in some cases medical treatment. Some gave their time freely, their only reward being the satisfaction of providing care to those in need.

Matron in Bethesda garden.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

How it could have been

“Manchester has many glories, but none, I venture to think, which shines brighter or reflects more completely the city’s best self than the Refuges and Homes.” Lord Bishop of Peterborough.

Sermon written for the charity’s Jubilee