The Wellspring

We are a resource centre for homeless

and disadvantaged people

What We 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.

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 are 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.

Take a virtual tour of The Wellspring building

The Wellspring

The Wellspring is a resource centre for homeless and disadvantaged people. The project is on Harvey St, behind Robinson’s 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.

Registered Charity 1157268

Registered Company Number 08880312

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

The Wellspring provides numerous services and everything is completely free of charge. The project is open 365 days a year from 9am – 2pm. On Monday to Thursday evenings the project is also open from 5pm – 8pm.


our results

50,000 free meals

are prepared, cooked and served by our volunteers every year.

Over 4000 people

off the streets and in to accommodation. Supported by The Wellspring.

The Wellspring

 receives no funding from the council, government or lottery.

meet our team

    JONATHAN BILLINGS Chief Executive Officer
    ALEX KNIGHT Operations Manager
    ALISON HUNT Project Worker
    AARON MCMILLAN Project Worker
    LISA COOKSON Project Worker

Find your perfect volunteering opportunity


  • The company I work for chose you as our charity and I was lucky enough to get to come down and help for the day. I asked about volunteering and without any complications I was serving the drinks the following Wednesday. The Wellspring is a fantastic organisation and when I help out not only am I helping some very nice, polite and good people.

  • I have the pleasure of working with amazing people and feel proud to be part of such a wonderful, diverse team of staff and volunteers.

  • Regular support sessions with my clients has given me the opportunity to not only build working relations with them but to indirectly inluence them in making positive changes.

  • The Wellspring, for those who access the service, can become a sanctuary, somewhere to feel accepted and safe regardless of an individual’s situation.

  • The Wellspring now provides access to medical and dental advice; in addressing drug or alcohol dependency; and help with life skills, money management and surviving abuse.

    Mr Andrew Ayres


*Please Note: Clothing Donations - During Lockdown no clothing donations will be accepted.