The Wyre Forest branch of the Co-op has entered into a community partnership with our Kidderminster Foyer which supports young people who are homeless or at risk in the Wyre Forest area.
Midcounties Co-op plan to provide support to St Basils through fundraising initiatives, as well as a staff volunteering programme through the company’s Regional Communities Strategy. To kick-off the partnership, representatives of The Midcounties Co-operative’s Food, Healthcare and Funeral trading groups hosted a barbecue at the project, supplying the food and cooking for the young people and talking to the staff to understand what St Basils aims to provide to young people in Kidderminster.
Providing long term accommodation for 19 young people in the Wyre Forest area for up to two years, the Kidderminster Foyer aims help young people into education, training or employment so they can get their lives back on track. Each young person develops a personal development and action plan, called an 'Outcomes Star', to help chart individual successes and progress.
Bob Richens, Leadership Team Ambassador at The Midcounties Co-operative in Wyre Forest, said: “St Basils is a charity that provides invaluable guidance and support to some of those in our community who need it most.
“The barbecue offered our colleagues an opportunity to find out more, first hand, about the great work that’s done at Kidderminster Foyer, and we’re looking forward to working closely with the charity to make a meaningful contribution to its future successes.”
Derrick Manyanda, Support Manager at St Basils said: “As a charity, we’re reliant on the support of individuals and organisations to help us deliver programmes that can help to change young people’s lives, so it’s great to have The Midcounties Co-operative on board.
“Our recent barbecue was a great way to start our new partnership, and we’re excited about working with the Society in the months ahead.”