Reaching Out Centre opens on Drake Street

Date published: 30 April 2021

The Sanctuary Trust has launched a new Reaching Out Centre on Drake Street in Rochdale town centre - a new community building that provides a safe space for local people to come together and form meaningful relationships.

The centre was officially opened earlier this month by Rochdale MP Tony Lloyd and Councillor Linda Robinson in a low-key ribbon cutting ceremony due to Covid restrictions.

From the Reaching Out Centre, the Sanctuary Trust hopes to remind those in crisis that problems needn’t be tackled alone, there are people who are willing to stand alongside and share the burden, be it homelessness, relationship breakdown, mental and physical health problems.

Mr Lloyd said: “I was really delighted to be at the opening of the new Sanctuary Trust venue on Drake Street. This is a great new facility which will have an enormous impact on the lives of people who have become homeless, and I hope people across Rochdale will want to support the Sanctuary Trust in the important and amazing work that they are doing across the area.”

Special thanks has also been extended to Richard Hagan, Managing Director of Crystal Doors, who the trust says has been 'instrumental' in the centre’s launch.

Mr Hagan said: “Every time I visit The Sanctuary Trust, John Wigley [Director of Operations and Development at the Sanctuary Trust] enthuses about their incredible progress supporting homeless people from our surrounding area.

“My first encounter nearly three years ago immediately convinced me to support their organisation financially and personally. Since that day, my roles and commitment volunteered to The Sanctuary Trust has given me first-hand experience how much all their team are dedicated to help others.

“I am very proud to be part of the opening of the Reach Out Centre, offering substantial facilities to deliver multi partnership.”

Sanctuary Trust is a Rochdale-registered charity working with homelessness and homeless-related poverty and emergency homeless issues.

If you would like to learn more about Sanctuary Trust or donate to the good work of the charity, please visit the website at

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