Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Thomas' Story

Today we tell a story from the Children’s Haven in regards to Thomas, a Refuge boy who ended up on the charity’s training ship, the Indefatigable.

Thomas first came to the attention of the Manchester and Salford Refuge in 1896 when he turned up at midnight at the open-all-night shelter on Chatham Street, accompanied by a policeman. At the tender age of 12 years he had been sleeping on the streets of Manchester as he had nowhere else to go.

Thomas on admittance

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Children’s Haven

The Together Trust has a got a series of books in its archive designed to promote the workings of the charity to the Manchester and Salford community. Known originally as the Christian Worker and from 1895 as the Children’s Haven, it aimed to disseminate news of the charity, encourage donations and advertise events and meetings to the public. 

Children’s page from the Christian Worker

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Separation in the nineteenth century

Thousands of children lived in extreme poverty in Manchester and Salford during the nineteenth century. In the days before the welfare state there were few systems in place to provide aid to those who were unable to work. For parents with young children and families to raise, life could be incredibly tough. So what were the options available to those living on the breadline? 

Manchester Street Lads