Helping Hands

We all need a little help from time to time, and the Chatterbox Project will always strive to provide that help.

Our ‘Helping Hands’ programme is designed to provide people in the community with emergency supplies in times of need, including food packages, clothing and home ware, and to offer advice and support to help people overcome personal and financial difficulties.

Food Bank
Our food bank runs every Monday from 1.30-2.30. If you would like to register, we will require one form of identification, as well as proof that you are a Manchester resident (e.g. a bill). If you require a family food parcel, please bring along proof of all dependent children.

We receive regular donations of clothing and toys from generous members of the community. This is available for free during the weekly food bank.

Advice and Support Sessions

Chatterbox offers free drop-in advice sessions (Wednesday from 1.45-3.15) for people seeking support with benefit issues, financial difficulties, housing problems, and more. Please note that while our staff are not trained financial advisers, they do possess a strong working knowledge of the welfare system, and are happy to make calls on your behalf, signpost to specialist agencies, and offer informal advocacy services. Chatterbox has supported residents overcome a range of difficulties through these sessions- writing appeals against decisions of the DWP, helping people to find secure tenancies, arranging payment schedules for people in debt, writing benefit applications, and more.

Drug and Alcohol Counselling

As of Monday 17th October 2016, Manchester Integrated Drug and Alcohol Service (MIDAS) will be running recovery sessions here at The Chatterbox Project. A trained Engagement Worker and Recovery Worker will be on hand from 1pm to answer questions and offer confidential advice and support. If you feel that you or someone you know requires more regular support from MIDAS, you will be invited to attend regular counselling sessions, and get on the road to recovery.


If you find yourself in need, please contact Chatterbox, and we will do what we can to help. We do not judge, and would never turn away a needy person.