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If you are homeless or are about to become homeless then please contact The Wellspring as soon as possible.

The Project is open 365 days a year from 10 am – 2 pm and Monday to Thursday evenings from 5 pm – 8 pm.

Members of staff can also be contacted on 0161 477 6344. or use the contact us form at the bottom of the home page.

The Wellspring has  dedicated project staff, who are able to give the best advice possible whatever your situation.

The Wellspring runs an open door policy, anyone over the age of 18 can access the service.

A member of staff is always present and can offer the best possible advice and support.

If you are aware of the whereabouts of a homeless person or somebody sleeping rough in Stockport. Please get in touch with the staff at The Wellspring, who will take time to visit the person to see if we can offer any support.

The Wellspring provides practical assistance for anyone rough sleeping, including rucksacks and sleeping bags which are donated to The Wellspring via The Rucksack Project. Wellspring staff provide regular outreach on the streets.

View the weekly timetable here 

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We're a resource centre for homeless and disadvantaged people

Project summary

Not everyone who attends The Wellspring would be homeless, but 95% of the client group are people who would be at risk of becoming homeless. The Wellspring feels very strongly that engaging with the people who are at risk of homelessness is the only way to reduce homelessness in the future.

Overall aim of the project

The Wellspring provides services to homeless and disadvantaged people 365 days a year. We aim to support people out of homelessness and to become independent of services.

The Wellspring provides educational courses. We aim to give people with low skill levels the skills and confidence to become independent. The Wellspring provides many health services to homeless and disadvantaged people. We aim to improve the health of homeless people.

The Wellspring actively engages with people who at risk of becoming homeless in the future. We aim to considerably reduce future homelessness in Stockport by engaging and providing services to the at risk group.

The Wellspring is open 365 days a year, donations to the project can be dropped off from 9am to 8pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 3pm Friday to Sunday.

Where is the project based?

The Wellspring is based in Stockport town centre, but we support people not just from Stockport, but from surrounding areas including Manchester, Tameside  and Salford  We also engage with people from all over the country.

What the project activities do?

The Wellspring provides referrals into housing; we have supported over 1500 rough sleepers off the streets and into accommodation. We actively engage with people who are at risk of becoming homeless therefore preventing homelessness from happening. The Wellspring provides educational courses, Computer courses, art classes, other activities such as football, walking groups and gardening courses.

Health services are available, including a drop in service from a GP. Referrals to other specialist services, such as drug and alcohol teams are made frequently. Free food and drink is available 365 days a year. The Wellspring provides people rough sleeping with showers and clean clothing, as well as blankets and sleeping bags. 1-1 support planning sessions take place. All Wellspring staff are qualified learning advisors and constantly signpost people into education.

Read more about The Wellspring and our outcomes

Read More about how The Wellspring started

The Wellspring is a resource center for homeless and disadvantaged people. The project is on Harvey St, behind Robinsons brewery in the town centre of Stockport.

The Wellspring is a none means tested none judgmental service open to anyone over 18. The Wellspring welcomes anyone from any walk of life, if you feel that the project can help you then you are very welcome. The Wellspring is not a religious charity and is not affiliated to any religion or belief system.

The Wellspring is dependent on donations from the general public, businesses, schools and churches. Donations of food, clothing, bedding, toiletries & financial donations are always needed.

View the weekly timetable here

The Wellspring provides numerous services and everything is completely free of charge. The project is open 365 days a year from 10 am – 2 pm and Monday to Thursday evenings from 5 pm – 8 pm.

Registered Charity 1157268

Registered Company Number 08880312

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The Wellspring Garfield Weston Charity Award Winner 2016

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That support us


Meet our dedicated staff

Jonathan Billings

Jonathan Billings

Chief executive officer

I am  responsible for the management and day to day running of the project, supporting homeless people and rough sleepers out of homelessness.

I am very passionate about this and I believe strongly that every person sleeping rough or homeless should be given the best possible chance to change their lives for the better. Over 2000 people have been supported out of homelessness at The Wellspring using systems and processes that i have developed.

I can be contacted on 0161 477 6344 or 07866985242

email jonathan@thewellspring.co.uk

Read Jonathans Blog : http://jonathanbillings.com

Read Jonathan 2015 report in the Annual Report


Alex Knight

Alex Knight

Deputy Manager


My name is Alex Knight, I came to The Wellspring in 2011 as a social work student on placement.

I qualified as a social worker in 2012 and became a full time Project Worker shortly after. My role involves co-ordinating the volunteer rota and supporting our service users with a diverse range of needs; from a simple phone call to preventing evictions, homelessness, enabling and supporting people to access benefits, education, employment and mental health services.

The list is endless, if I can help I will. I believe everyone has the right to be given opportunities, a chance in life to learn from the past and be a part of a better future, The Wellspring can enable that and I feel proud to be part of such a wonderful, diverse team of staff and volunteers.

Read Alex’s 2015 report in the Annual Report 2015


Alison Hunt

Alison Hunt

Project Worker


I would like to introduce myself as Alison hunt.

I was successfully recruited for the position of a project worker for The Wellspring in March 2014. My working background has been with Stockport MBC for 25 years in adult social care, services for young people and Greater Manchester fire and rescue.

All my previous experiences within these roles now provides a positive contribution to my role at The Wellspring .I’m strong believer in equality, advocacy and empowering our service users. The dynamics of our team and our ethos helps to achieve greater outcomes for everyone.

Read Alison’s 2015 report in the Annual Report 2015


Kirstie Wood

Kirstie Wood

Project Worker


My name is Kirstie Wood, I am a Project worker who also provides drug and alcohol support  at the wellspring. Being a former service user myself I have first hand knowledge of the wide variety of services that the Wellspring offers.

I myself have lived a life entrenched in substance abuse, crime and homelessness. I am now in a position to show the same love, support, understanding and compassion that I was once shown. Helping people to believe in themselves and turn their lives around so that they can become confident and productive members of society.

Read Kirsties Story here

Donate to Kirsties fundraising page here 

Read Kirsties 2015 report in the Annual Report 2015

Lauren Gill

Lauren Gill

Project Worker

My name is Lauren Gill, and I began the role of Project Worker in November 2016.

My working background is in adult social care, from supporting individuals with complex learning disabilities to working on health projects in developing countries.

My role at the Wellspring ranges from meeting day to day needs, providing food, warm clothes, and hygiene facilities to finding long term solutions.

I believe in promoting independence, equal opportunities and empowerment. I’m proud to be part of a team of volunteers and staff who share the same beliefs and take positive steps to create a better future.


Keep on track of the latest news and updates

24th October 2016

  Please vote for The Wellspring in The Vernon Building Society Jubilee Fund 2017. Tokens will be printed in The Stockport Express for the next few weeks, please collect tokens

10th August 2016

The Wellspring is featured on the back of The official Stockport County Away Shirt for the 2016/17 season! We are delighted with this support. See the full article here 

10th August 2016

On Saturday 6th August Wellspring was presented with a cheque from Stockport County presented to us by local band Blossoms. We would like to thank everyone at Stockport County Football

7th July 2016

The Wellspring is delighted to receive such fantastic support from Big Yellow Storage in Stockport. Big Yellow have provided The Wellspring with an excellent storage facility for all the charities

19th June 2016

Small charities in the North West at risk of crisis, warns major UK funder Charities across the North of England and Midlands win award to receive  business coaching and mentoring

25th May 2016

THE HOMELESS LIBRARY The first history of homelessness in Britain Interviews, poems, artworks The Homeless Library gathers the stories of homeless people, stories until now held in living memory, and lost when


Upcoming Wellspring Events

Hatters Half Marathon Stockport


Downloads and resources

Annual Report 2014
Download Wellspring annual report 2014
Street Stories
Street Stories is a book made by Wellspring members documenting stories from the streets and issues around homelessness.     Street Stories please follow this link to see the book.
Art and The Wellspring
Don’t Feed The Habit poster
Great Manchester Run 2016 Leaflet
WS Great Mcr Run Leaflet A5  Download the run leaflet here.
Gift Aid Form
Charity_GAD_Single_Donation  Download the gift aid form here.
Charity Of The Year 2016
Make The Wellspring your company’s Charity of the Year for 2016   Download our Charity of the year pack here : Wellspring Charity of the year 2016
Health Services Video
The Wellspring offers many health services to homeless and disadvantaged people.
Wellspring Videos
Annual Report 2015
Wellspring Annual Report 2015.compressed
Humans of Stockport
Humans of Stockport from The Wellspring on Vimeo.


We are here for you 365 days a year



Project Address

Address: The Wellspring, Harvey Street, Stockport, SK1 1YD

Postal Address 

Address: The Wellspring PO BOX 456 Stockport SK11YD
Phone: 0161 477 6344
Email: thewellspring@btconnect.com