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Bernie Enright, Executive Director of Adult Social Services

"Our mission is to end homelessness in our city by uniting people, organisations and businesses with one shared vision."

Bernie Enright, Executive Director of Adult Social Services


Many thanks for your interest in this important role.

Manchester City Council is one of the UK’s largest local authorities and we serve a growing, diverse and vibrant community of over 575,000 residents, with a wide range of valued public services that touch and enhance the lives and wellbeing of each and every Mancunian in ways that are both impactful and insightful. What we do - matters.

With an annual revenue spend of £1.5bn and a workforce of over 6,000 staff, we are Manchester’s largest employer and one of its leading catalysts for growth. Our shared vision is that by 2025, Manchester will be in the topflight of world-class cities. Our part in achieving this vision is set out in ‘Our Manchester’ strategy, which is focused upon making Manchester a thriving, sustainable, highly skilled, equitable, liveable, connected and low carbon City.

However, as the city has grown, we have seen a significant increase in homelessness across both families and single people. The most visible consequence of this has been the growing numbers of people who sleep on our streets, however, there has also been an exponential rise in homelessness that is less visible with more people living in temporary accommodation and a surge in non-fault evictions, leaving families and individuals without a home.

Our mission is to end homelessness in our city by uniting people, organisations and businesses with one shared vision. However, eradicating homelessness is not an easy task with no ‘one size fits all’ or quick solution. This has been further highlighted by the pandemic. However, what the pandemic also showed us was that when we all work together as a community we can make big things happen, that is the spirit of Our Manchester.

We are seeking a Director of Homelessness to help us deliver our priorities around reducing the use of temporary accommodation, reducing homelessness numbers and rough sleepers, and investing in prevention, in order to achieve our goal to end homelessness in all its forms in Manchester. In this cross cutting and pivotal role, you will lead our homelessness service working with the Homelessness Partnership to arrest the rising trends in homelessness. You will also engage across the whole council, partnership and Greater Manchester to address the root causes of homelessness.

You will be passionate about the causes of homelessness and can engage with our homeless community.  You will be an innovative leader and be adept at building engaged partnerships cross the city and beyond to address the underlying causes and create solutions to homelessness and rough sleeping within Our Manchester priorities.

If this sounds like the challenge for you, we look forward to hearing from you.

Very best wishes

Bernie Enright
Executive Director of Adult Social Services

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