It’s a really tough time at the moment for everyone as we respond to the challenges presented by Coronavirus. We want to assure you that our priority and focus is on preventing and responding to youth homelessness in the West Midlands. And whilst some of the ways we help may have to adapt, you can be sure that at the heart of everything we do, will be the health and wellbeing of the young people who need our support and the colleagues who provide it.
We have already put in a raft of measures to make sure we can carry on functioning as normally as possible. Some of these measures are outlined here.
St Basils £5 Appeal
St Basils houses almost 500 young people every single night. We’re short of £5 a day per young person staying in one of our projects. That £5 will assist in supporting each young person out of homelessness and transform their life.
Coronavirus or not, our work continues, regardless. If you can afford to help us, please donate now.
We have almost 40 supported accommodation schemes across Birmingham, Bromsgrove, Kidderminster, Leamington Spa, Redditch, Sandwell, Solihull and Walsall offering a range of support from fully supported projects staffed 24/7 to semi-independent projects and one independent project.
St Basils have a team of Employability Coaches that provide a 5 week Programme to young people within our accommodation and support services. This 5 week course called #YouCan is to facilitate intensive support to help young people kick start the journey back to employment. With a focus of how to get there, through Education, Training and Work Placements in industry.
Whilst we couldn’t hold our usual Youth Homeless Parliament event at parliament this year, Youth Voice members spread across England worked hard to produce an online equivalent. The report and video are now available to view here.
Demi has lived at St Basils for the past two years and was the first St Basils young person to be awarded a Bears Bursary grant by the Edgbaston Foundation, the official charity of Warwickshire County Cricket Club. As part of our partnership with the Club, the bursary is available to St Basils young people to help alleviate some of the barriers to young people accessing education, training and work.