We are proud to announce that we are the key partners in the Birmingham Mail's 2015 #homeatchristmas campaign, which asks the good people of Birmingham to donate starter packs of household items to help ease the transition of moving on for young people who have been homeless. These can be dropped off at any Dixons branch in Birmingham.
St Basils helps young people in Birmingham and other parts of the West Midlands who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. We have 29 supported accommodation schemes housing over 1000 young people every year. Whilst young people are with us, we do all we can to support them back into education, training and employment and we also run an accredited Life Skills programme so that they are fully prepared for independent living. Our Support Workers continue to visit young people after they have moved on to offer support.
However we are always in need of 'Starter Packs' - items that will help make the move that little bit easier and help make it much more like home.
Jean Templeton, Chief Executive of St Basils said:
“Experiencing homelessness is a shock. No one plans for it. It is frightening and it can be devastating. And sometimes we forget young people are the least experienced in our society... Moving on is a difficult time for our young people, many of whom have few support networks. This is why this Christmas we need your help. Increasingly young people come to us with very little. When they move on, they need help with some basic essentials which will make their new accommodation much more like home. It’s the little touches particularly in the winter months and at Christmas that we know ourselves make home so much more than just shelter and so much more comfortable. Most of all, our young people tell us, it’s knowing someone cares about them that is most important. That’s why your gift is not just for Christmas. Thank you Birmingham!”.