Positive Pathways is a joint project between TMC, the John Paul Centre a Roman Catholic Pastoral Centre in the heart of Middlesbrough and Depaul UK. Positive Pathways reaches out to some of the most marginalised people in Middlesbrough, providing individual and group support for vulnerable people experiencing homelessness. The project’s aims are to provide one-to-one relational support to people at critical points on their path to more sustainable living. Find out more about the project here Positive Pathways. 

Working with the wider support partnership including the Local Authority, Breaking the Boundaries Outreach Team, Homeless Forum, MIND, JCP, Recovery Connections and others, Positive Pathways goal is to support the town’s most marginalised individuals who are struggling with homelessness, addiction, mental health, loneliness and isolation issues. There will be regular café style drop in sessions that will help to build the necessary trust needed to work with the clients. There will also be therapeutic group sessions including meditation, singing with Streetwise Opera, creative writing , walking, Tai Chi and Wellbeing, so as to help restore the confidence and life skills needed to literally make more positive pathways towards more sustainable and thriving lives.

Volunteer opportunities to help develop this exciting new phase for the project are available so if you would like to learn more about making a positive difference to some of the town’s most vulnerable adults please contact the Positive Pathways Team on [email protected] or phone 01642 249782. The work at John Paul Centre has strong links with the local Homelessness Forum, a group of charities, local organisations and public bodies working together to impact homelessness in the area.

The project started in 2014; you can read a review of the work of the project during the first two years here: Positive_Pathways_2014-2017.


In 2015 TMC hosted a major conference bringing together over 100 staff and volunteers from local homelessness agencies, faith-based charities and the local authority. The day was a chance to reflect on how these agencies could work together to more effectively transform the lives of homeless people.

The keynote speaker Jon Kuhrt said:

“In homelessness, it’s so vital that people work together and talk with one another if we’re going to make as much difference as we can.

This paper is a brief summary of the talks and discussions that took place throughout the day. Homelessness Are We Really Helping? 

Leaflets giving details of different services and organisations offering support to people facing homelessness are available here: Homelessness Support and Key Steps.

ADVENT SLEEPOUT    A young couple with a baby on the way and nowhere to stay ... This is still a reality today.

The Advent Sleepout NE was a joint project between CUF and DePaul UK to raise awareness and funds for work with vulnerable, marginalised and homeless people in the North East.  The Advent Sleepout Challenge helps both of our organisations reach out to even more people, offering practical solutions and support. 

In 2015 TMC hosted a Sleepout at Holy Trinity North Ormesby, where twenty adults slept outdoors in the Cloister Garden and twenty young people slept in the nearby Community Hub.  It was a memorable night in so many ways, as we enjoyed live music from buskers, moving stories from people who have been homeless, thought about what home means to us and reflected on contemporary issues in the light of the Christmas story. A young couple with a baby on the way and nowhere to stay and then later needing to flee danger and persecution. This is still a reality today, with young homeless people and the plight of so many refugees.

Look out for news of the Advent Sleepout Challenge 2017.