About Us


The Joseph Cox Charity The Joseph Cox Charity began in 1963 as a direct response to the concern which Canon McClernon (Parish Priest of St Augustine’s, Manchester) had expressed for the welfare of homeless men who regularly called at the presbytery, looking for help.  Apart from giving the price of a night’s lodging at some hostel in the city, the clergy were limited in the practical help they could offer.  The Legion of Mary, who also wanted to do more, obtained permission to use an empty house in Loxford St where homeless men would be offered food and refreshment. Although the house was scheduled for demolition it became a place where these men were welcomed and befriended. However, the centre closed at 10pm and the men had to return to the streets. The need for a night shelter remained.  The Legion wanted to provide some form of residential accommodation but they lacked funds to provide a property.  Canon McClernon introduced Joseph Cox, to the Legion, who then became involved, and purchased 3 Victorian houses knocked into one, 46-50 Nelson Street.   “The Morning Star” hostel was opened in September 1963 by the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Bernard Langton, in the presence of Joseph Cox.  The accommodation was rough but homely, a tribute to the unpaid helpers who saw Christ in these needy men.  The men had food and shelter, and perhaps even more importantly had an address which enabled them to claim benefits.  The men came from a variety of disturbed backgrounds: homelessness, alcoholism, mental health problems, and anti-social behaviour.  Manchester Social Services made an annual grant in token of their support. The Passing of Joseph Cox In 1977 Joseph Cox died, and John Hubert Cox took over as Chairman of the Trustees.  Eventually it became apparent that the Legion could no longer continue to provide the voluntary-based wardenship, nor could the St Vincent de Paul society cover all needs.  After consultation with the Charity Commission, the Joseph Cox Charity, under the management of John Hubert Cox assumed direct responsibility for the running of the hostel. Paid staff were employed and...

Aims & Objectives

Mary & Joseph House is leading the way in residential care, part of The Joseph Cox Charity, we have recently been awarded an Outstanding rating in all five areas by the Care Quality Commission, our aim is to become a role model in our approach to partnership care, working with residents to facilitate their rehabilitation through meaningful activities and tailored care programmes to suit the needs of the individual. Providing a home to 41 gentlemen aged between 40 and 80 years old our aim is to: Promote care that offers people the opportunity to enhance their quality of life Provide support and stimulation through meaningful activities and education To hold monthly resident meetings and provide opportunities for residents to express their ideas about the day to day running of the house To ensure that residents can make informed choices and receive appropriate medical and public service that are of a high standard


The Care Home Registered Manager Award Julie Hoszowskyj – Mary and Joseph House Saturday 24th November saw over 450 of the very best in social care attended a glittering awards ceremony at The Mercure Hotel, Manchester, for the finals of the Great North West Care Awards, where the category winners were announced. Judges comments: Julie was very passionate and dedicated to her role. She leads by example and is committed to sharing the best practise with her staff, as well as other managers in the community. Her extensive knowledge of the care industry is also demonstrated by the ratings of outstanding at her last CQC inspection and the training and development of her staff. Dementia Care Awards Finalist 2018 We are very proud to announce that one of our residents Gary Taylor was a finalist in the Dementia Care Awards 2018 in the category: Exceptional Contribution by a Person/People Living with Dementia This award is made to a person, or group of people, living with dementia who lives and works with incredible passion and commitment to improving the lives and wellbeing of others living with dementia.   This award celebrates the many unsung heroes who, living with dementia themselves, contribute so much and inspire so many within the dementia community, Gary was nominated for his commitment to gardening work at Mary and Joseph House and volunteering in the community Gary attended the judging in London 12th October 2018 supported by his key worker Lorna and Therapeutic Worker Tom The Awards were created to celebrate the very best people in dementia care, culminating in a prestigious and glittering Gala Dinner on 8 November 2018, at the Hilton Brighton Metropole in Brighton


That’s Manchester TV A film crew came to Mary and Joseph House to do a short film, talking to residents and staff following on from our Outstanding CQC rating credit: That’s Manchester TV Mary & Joseph House Chapel We are very lucky to have our own chapel where we can hold funeral services when one of our residents pass away, following the sad death recently of one of our residents we received some wonderful feedback from family and friends: “To all the staff and residents, we want to say a very big thank you to you all for your kind hospitality, you certainly did him proud, you made us feel welcome from the minute we set foot through the door.  it was so fitting to use your chapel where his family and friends from the last six years could be with him on his final journey.  What a Beautiful home you have, so clean and fresh and a wonderful warm, friendly atmosphere” Much love from Sue, Becky, Michael and Ben   Dignity in Care 1950s Day – 1st February 2017 I wish to express my sincere thanks to all staff for a wonderful day on Wednesday 1st February 2017, the food was excellent, the staff were well presented in the way they looked, the music was good by the staff and the singer was great entertainment. I feel the day was about “Unity and Togetherness” and we all enjoyed it, it deserves a big “Thank You” to all staff for a great day. Testimonial given by resident who attended the Dignity in Care Day, 1st February 2017 Visiting Healthcare Professionals – Questionnaire Feedback It is always a pleasure to treat the gentlemen at Mary and Joseph House.  The staff actively encourage the gentlemen to have foot treatments, positive encouragement is practised at all times. Staff are helpful and take note if further medical attention is required, the gentlemen are treated with dignity and respect by staff at all times.  The staff will inform me with appropriate information in a professional and confidential manner, re: the health of the gentlemen. Overall visiting Mary and Joseph House is a positive...