Greater Manchester Better Outcomes Partnership (GMBOP)

Supporting young people at risk of homelessness in the Greater Manchester area.

  • Location

    Greater Manchester

  • Launch

    Apr 2021

  • Area

    Health, Wellbeing & Independence

Collaborators & funding partners

  • Greater Manchester Combined Authority

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

Delivery Partners

  • Depaul UK

  • Calico

  • 42nd Street

  • Early Break

  • AKT

Team

Collaborators & funding partners

  • Greater Manchester Combined Authority

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

Delivery Partners

  • Depaul UK

  • Calico

  • 42nd Street

  • Early Break

  • AKT

  • Andrew is Co-Founder of Bridges Outcomes Partnerships and Executive Director of Operations, Innovation and Learning. He is a Director of Kirklees Better Outcomes Partnership, GM Homes Partnership, Homelessness Support, the Single Homeless Prevention Service and is a Trustee of West London Zone.

    Prior to Bridges, Andrew was Managing Director of a social enterprise “Baobab” in Madagascar, and a non-Executive board member of two other financial inclusion social enterprises, in Senegal and China.

  • Conor, Director at Bridges Outcomes Partnerships, has been working with Bridges for the last 7 years – during which time he has designed and implemented a number of Outcomes Partnerships related to housing, employment and refugee support.

    He was previously a member of the Impact Management team at Bridges Fund Management, where he advised and supported investment teams on all aspects of impact management throughout the investment cycle. Before joining Bridges, Conor worked for a health services NGO in Ecuador, leading a project to set up budgeting and reporting processes. He began his career as a management consultant at Deloitte, specialising in financial analysis and process improvement.

    Conor holds a BSc in Economics and is a qualified Management Accountant.

  • Rachel is a Programme Director, leading the Young Persons Homeless Prevention Pathfinder within the Greater Manchester Better Outcomes Partnership (GMBOP). Since January 2021, she has played a pivotal role in steering the project towards success, dedicated to supporting young individuals in stabilising their accommodation situations while building confidence and resilience to prevent long-term homelessness.

    With a career spanning eighteen years as a senior manager, she has specialised in leading teams that deliver essential services in the housing, debt, and criminal justice sectors. Prior to her current role at GMBOP, she made significant contributions to the Transforming Rehabilitation contract. Here, she effectively managed the Through The Gate provision in various establishments across the North West.

    Throughout her career, Rachel has established herself as a strategic leader with a knack for building strong relationships. Her ability to connect with key stakeholders in the community, custodial, statutory, and commissioning services has been instrumental in driving positive outcomes for the projects she has undertaken.

    In 2018, Rachel’s dedication and innovative approach were acknowledged when she was given a Butler Trust award. This prestigious recognition highlighted her outstanding contributions to the field, specifically commending her innovation and partnership working.

    Rachel’s career is marked by a passion for social change and a proven track record of transformative leadership. Her role as Programme Director at GMBOP reflects her ongoing commitment to making a meaningful difference in the lives of young people facing housing challenges.

Overview

Greater Manchester Better Outcomes Partnership (GMBOP) is a partnership of mission-led organisations working together to improve outcomes for young people across Manchester.

GMBOP’s goal is to support young people at risk of homelessness before they reach a crisis point.

Its three-year homelessness prevention programme, Pathfinder, helps young people in Greater Manchester to secure alternative accommodation, or stabilise the current accommodation, through a tailored programme.

Once accommodation has been stabilised, the programme supports participants to address other needs, including mental health and financial stability, and to engage in meaningful activity, such as education, social clubs or employment, to build their confidence and resilience. This holistic approach in turn helps to prevent longer term homelessness and enables participants to live independent, fulfilling lives.

Delivery innovations

An outcomes partnership has enabled a much more collaborative, flexible approach to problem-solving. This has facilitated a number of significant delivery innovations, including:

  • GMBOP staff have been given direct access to local authority case management systems, enabling them to identify suitable prevention cases at the earliest opportunity.
  • Mental health was identified as a significant barrier to housing stability; having a flexible budget allowed the team to bring in specialist partners to directly support participants in this area.
  • A rate card review added a new longer term 12-month housing sustainment outcome, ensuring that the service is fully accountable to preventing homelessness on a long-term basis.

Outcomes

GMBOP’s Pathfinder programme now counts over 1,300 young people, who are receiving tailored, person-centred support.

  • 1302

    Starts to the programme

  • 378

    Secured appropriate accommodation

  • 342

    Sustained appropriate accommodation for six months

  • £2.3m

    Outcomes achieved