Welcome to the Macari Centre


In 2016, a news bulletin about homelessness drove Lou Macari out of his house and on to the streets of Stoke-on-Trent to find out what life was like for someone who was homeless.

Having seen the level of need in his adopted city, Lou decided to do everything he could to help those who find themselves homeless, work towards better lives.

From humble beginnings, the Macari Centre in Hanley now provides support and accommodation to around fifty individuals, along with four meals a day.

Our new, innovative centre houses individuals in beautiful pods, within our own warehouse ‘village’, giving them an address and space of their own, and access to support from our team of trained staff, 24 hours a day.

The service users we support are referred to as ‘guests’, which defines the relationship we wish to achieve.

We firmly believe that our guests are capable of change and will achieve their full potential when offered a secure, supportive, empowering and non-judgmental environment.

It is our mission to provide such an environment and help reverse the spiral of homelessness.

Join Lou for a look around the new Macari Centre. Film by Tom Reece.

How to find us

Resident by pod

Make a donation

Will you help to provide a homeless person with a warm, safe room of their own at the Macari Centre?

Your donation will make a big difference – enabling us to continue to offer accommodation, hot meals and support to the city’s homeless.

Donate via our Givey.com fundraising page by clicking the button below. If you’d prefer, you can alternatively donate via PayPal.

Many thanks for your support – it will help change lives for the better.

Resident in pod

Safe, secure shelter

The Macari Centre is open every day of the year for people without a home, offering a place to stay in a safe and secure environment.

Lou with residents

Our story

In 2016, a news bulletin about the number of homeless people in Britain drove Lou Macari out onto the streets of Stoke-on-Trent to find out for himself what life was like for someone who was homeless.

Brian presenting donation

Support us

The Macari Foundation is a registered charity and our operations are supported by fundraising activities and the generous donations made by individuals and organisations.