Some young people become homeless because staying at ‘home’ would be a risk to their safety. Those living in Birmingham are assessed by staff at our Youth Hub and there are also Young people referred to us by other agencies to safeguard their wellbeing. We will find somewhere safe for them to stay locally for a few days while the situation is assessed further. However this often means they are lacking some basic essentials including toiletries because they cannot return home to collect their things. We have showers at our direct access emergency accommodation schemes and at our Youth Hub, but we are in need of new toiletries such as shampoo, soap and toothpaste that we can give to young people so they can freshen up and keep for a few days.
We have had an ongoing appeal for toiletries for some time, and many of our wonderful supporters have responded very generously. The Warwickshire Women’s Bowling Association (WWBA) have been donating regularly for a number of months this year.
WWBA Senior Vice President Diane Medhurst said:
“WWBA has its headquarters at Royal Leamington Spa and has a membership of some 50 clubs in and around Warwickshire. While bowls is often perceived as a sport which some take up later in life, in Warwickshire we are pleased to have a strong cohort of younger players, who as a team got through to the last eight entries in the Amy Rose Trophy at the English National Competitions held at Royal Leamington Spa at the end of August 2015.
While our objectives include advancing and encouraging the game of bowls in the region WWBA is very much like a big family and we like to support one another and ventures in our local community. Each year throughout the summer season we raise funds in aid of the charity nominated by our Lady President for that year.
Some of our officers already knew of the fantastic work carried out at St Basils however an article in a local newspaper about a cake shop which had acted as a collection point for Christmas shoe boxes for the charity raised our awareness to the need for toiletries for young people using the Hub and Emergency Accommodation. We were eager to do our bit too and throughout the summer our female bowlers donated toiletries and in the 4 month period April to July 2015 we passed on 12 carrier bags full of toiletries for St Basils. The season is nearly at an end but we still have more toiletries to pass on.
We are really pleased to support St Basil’s in this way and believe that it just goes to show how ‘from little acorns big oaks grow’!”