Hollyoaks Star Jazmine Franks Visits Renu:

Jazmine has been a part of the Barnabus Volunteer team for over a year now faithfully serving at our Beacon drop in Centre, serving drinks, food and helping to run our showers, giving out clothing and most importantly helping our Friends off the streets connect with the support team to get accommodation. 

Jazmine has just begun to take on the role of a Patron for Barnabus and in this role she came to visit our Renu project helping us upcycle furniture and to encourage our friends who use the project. 

Latest News:

Renu Heads to the Northern Quarter Manchester:

On Tuesday April 17th we will be having a showcase event at the Nexus Art Cafe from 7pm til 9pm. Your chance to browse and purchase from our extensive range of upcycled shabby chic Furniture along with our range of recycled canvases. The cafe will be open serving drinks and light snacks throughout the evening. All proceeds from the event will go to support our life transforming work at Renu - helping those without a home build a better future.

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We hope to see many of our supporters at the event - do let your friends know! 

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Canvases are now available:

Did you know we have some fabulous artwork available to buy - take a look at this modern colourful abstract piece and vintage light bulb canvas - prices range from £20 to £100 - for more info email tina@barnabusmanchester.co.uk

Chris Smalling Visits Renu

We had the privilege of welcoming Manchester United and England footballer Chris Smalling into our Renu furniture upcycling project in November. He came to visit the project and meet our friends who have experienced homelessness in Manchester. Chris really enjoyed his time with us, he even commented: "The furniture here is so good my wife will want to buy some for our house!"


Chris' visit really boosted the morale of our friends working in the workshop and was made really special when we realised we had been donated a Manchester United display cabinet to be restored!


Jazmine commented: "It was a fantastic day I thoroughly enjoyed myself and it was great to see our friends who experience homelessness learning new skills and getting ready to go back to work."

If you want to come and join our team and serve alongside Jazmine and our volunteer team and help us #endhomelessnessmcr then email volunteer@barnabusmanchester.co.uk to find out more.


Latest Commission completed:

This beautiful upcycled table has just been completed for one of our customers here at The Message Enterprise Centre by our Friend who has expereinced Homelessness TM - we are really rather proud of it:


Renu works with Heartsmart to make Boris:

HeartSmart is a primary school resource that builds resilience, emotional intelligence and active empathy in the hearts of children. Boris, a recycled robot, is the central character. In the story Boris was made by Amber and Josh who love him and invite him to live with them. However, Boris still hears the voice of the Scrapman telling him he was made from rubbish therefore he is rubbish and calling him back to the scrapyard. 

Through the HeartSmart principles, Boris is learning what it is to love and be loved, the power of forgiveness, to be true to himself, to always have hope and most importantly to tune out of the voice of lies and into the voice of truth and love. 

The Boris made by ReNu will be used to deliver assemblies to primary aged children in schools across the UK to introduce them to HeartSmart. 

"Working with Heartsmart to make Boris was a perfect fit for us", commented Tina Renu Course Tutor, " taking other people's rubbish and recycling it in to something beautiful is what we do here at Renu. In addition the Heartsmart principles tie in with our ethos of restoring people (not just furniture)."

To find out more about Heartsmart chekc out www.heartsmartprimary.com