1982 - 1992

In 1982 workers based at 'The Boot' started to think about providing social activities for the young people beyond 

the indoors activities available, and set up a Football team, run by volunteers, to provide a regular, fun, outside activity for the young people.

St Basils was now seeing about 150 different young 'sleepers' a month at The Boot, but space was limited. New 'sleepers' could stay for up to three weeks but returning 'sleepers' only a week. Recognising that more properties and accommodation was needed to provide the most appropriate response for young people, in the process of moving on but not yet ready for independence, St Basils opened a project known as the Runcorn Cluster; 2 properties which would provide semi-independent accommodation. In 1987 St Basils took over Tennyson House in Small Heath, which had been owned by Birmingham City Football Club, and used it to provide medium/ long-stay supported accommodation for homeless young men. The project, later renamed Radford House after St Basils Chair Rosie Radford, allowed for move-on accommodation from the Boot nightshelter for young men with higher support needs.

By 1987 Les Milner had recognised that providing dormitory style accommodation was no longer appropriate and that the building was in dire need of repair. St Basils launched 'The Boot' appeal to fundraise for a new shelter for homeless young men and in 1988 'The New Boot' in Bordesley was opened to replace the original Boot night shelter. The New Boot provided emergency accommodation for 21 homeless young men. They had their own rooms, 'bedsits', with access to shared facilities. 

Meanwhile 'The Boot' was refurbished and converted into offices providing a Head Quarters base for St Basils administrative staff. The chapel area of the old church which had been preserved after the church fell out of use for worship was left unaltered and remains intact to this day. 


In 2008 after extenstive refurbishment 'The New Boot' was renamed 'Milner Court' in honour of the late Revd Les Milner, founder of St Basils, so that his legacy would live on. It remained a project exclusively for young men until 2013. It is now our emergency accommdoation scheme in central Birmingham housing single young men and women for up to 3 months whilst they are assessed and a longer term alternative more suited to their needs is found for them.

St Basils church remained as offices for St Basils staff until 2012 when the downstairs part was converted into St Basils Youth Hub, meaning St Basils frontline advice and assessment services had gone full circle and returned to the location they were originally housed in. The Youth Hub had originally opened at The Bond in 2010. It replaced St Basils service 'The Link' which had been postitioned at the end of Corporation Street.