Charity Partnership

Sifa Fireside

SIFA Fireside is the main homeless day service in Birmingham providing support for vulnerably-housed and homeless adults over 25.

Those rough sleeping and in crisis can receive immediate practical support at the daily Drop In. For people moving on from being homeless, the Resettlement Service provides the support needed to achieve a safer, more settled life. The Adult Support Hub (ASH) is a prevention-focused service, offering vulnerable adults the support needed to help maintain accommodation and prevent crisis.

All of the services are unique and inclusive, enabling clients to access them to stay supported, independent and housed. To find out more about the charity, visit: www.sifafireside.co.uk

Our vision? To be a leading charity that enables homeless and vulnerable people to take control, paving the way for healthier fulfilling lives.

Our most vulnerable citizens need help to find long-term, sustainable routes out of homelessness

They need people to fight for their rights. In Birmingham, many adults are homeless or threatened with homelessness. Rough sleeping is on the rise here, and so is the number of adults facing homelessness.
Here’s why we exist.

Our mission

To provide inclusion, engagement and equal access to services to individuals who are disadvantaged or experiencing homelessness

To influence the strategic development of the homelessness agenda in local and national arenas.

iShelter

Homelessness and rough sleeping is a problem on our doorstep, quite literally, yet how often do we walk past a homeless individual not really sure of the best thing to do to help? We are trying to do something about that.

iShelter goes beyond offering a warm place to stay; we offer a strength-based mentoring programme to work with our guests and give them every chance to find their feet again and make plans for the future. Since opening in 2017, we have supported over 100 guests and thanks to our strength-based programme, over half of these have secured employment and subsequently moved to their own rented accommodation.

iShelter’s first project, Tabor House, opened in September 2017 with six beds as a pilot and increased to 12. To adhere to Covid-19 guidelines, we adapted our open plan living space to individual pods, with a capacity for eight guests. We also now have a sister site, Caretaker’s House, which can take a further three guests; all of whom are supported by the same team.

Based in Digbeth, Tabor House is managed in partnership with Father Hudson’s Care and run by a small, core team who work closely with the management committee and volunteers.

iShelter is making a genuine difference to homelessness – offering people a hand-up not just a hand-out. But we can’t do it alone! It costs £3,500 per week to run and as we receive no Government funding, we rely heavily on charitable trusts as well as the kindness of local businesses, community groups and individuals.

History of iShelter

The Story of iShelter began in 2015, when a group of people joined a soup run and experienced the true impact of homelessness, as well as the importance of the support that is provided across the city. After that night, the group shared a commitment to take positive action to address the problem of homelessness on Birmingham’s streets.

The group started to expand, bringing in new expertise across property, third sector, and marketing industries, to help deliver what is now Tabor House. The iShelter Management Committee has now started to identify future housing projects to continue building on the work of Tabor House.

Please join our network of Midlands-based businesses and individuals to deliver our collective vision to eliminate homelessness in our city of Birmingham.

Let’s Feed Brum

Let’s Feed Brum is a volunteer-led charity that provides food, drink, essential supplies and friendship to those living on the streets of Birmingham.

For the past six years we have been building relationships with our friends who are homeless, and at risk of homelessness, to better understand their needs and help signpost them to existing services across the city. We partner with other charities and organisations to help people get the support needed to start looking to the future. Whether that be accommodation advice, employment opportunities, addiction recovery, mental health support, or anything else that’s creating a challenge for them; we build up genuine trust through our volunteers to get them on the path to safe, independent living.

Our army of volunteers go out every evening, Monday-Sunday, to provide food and supplies to people living on the streets. We also run weekly breakfast events outside Birmingham Cathedral, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and do daily food deliveries to around 40 hostels.

Birmingham Women’s & Children’s Hospital

We are Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust – proud to bring together the expertise of Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Birmingham Women’s Hospital.

Our Trust is the first of its type in the UK, formed in February 2017 to drive forward our commitment to providing the highest quality, world-class care that women, children and families want, and deserve.

Uniting our hospitals means more seamless care; more investment to make greater advances in our specialist treatment and world-leading neo-natal and fetal work. Importantly, it also gives us a greater voice in shaping the future of family-centred care.

We have a clear mission, vision and goal for what we want to achieve.

Our mission is to provide outstanding care and treatment, to share and spread new knowledge and practice, and to always be at the forefront of what is possible.

Our vision is to be a world-leading team, providing world-leading care.

Our goal is to be the best place to work and be cared for, where research and innovation thrives, creating a global impact.

With more than 641,000 visits from patients each year, we are a busy Trust and pride ourselves on the commitment of our 6,000 strong team, which works tirelessly to provide the very best treatment and support to our women, children and families.

Every day our UK and globally-respected surgeons, doctors, nurses, midwives and allied healthcare professionals provide some of the most advanced treatments, complex surgical procedures and cutting-edge research, to improve care today and develop even better care for the future.

Home to the country’s leading teaching centres, we’re passionate about nurturing and developing the skills of our present and future workforce, along with investing in the very best training and education to foster life-long learning.

Birmingham Women’s Hospital

Birmingham Women’s Hospital is a centre of excellence, providing specialist services to more than 50,000 women, men and their families every year from our city, the wider region and beyond.

We are one of only two dedicated women’s hospitals in the UK, with the busiest single site maternity unit, delivering more than 8,200 babies a year.

We offer a full range of gynaecological, maternity and neonatal care. Our Fertility Centre is one of the best in the country. Our fetal medicine centre receives regional and national referrals and we are home to the West Midlands Regional Genetics Laboratory – the largest of its type in Europe.

We’re also proud to be an international centre for education, research and development with a research budget of more than £3 million per year.

Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Birmingham Children’s Hospital is the UK’s leading specialist paediatric centre, caring for sick children and young people up to the age of 16. Rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC in February 2017, we are world leader in some of the most advanced treatments, complex surgical procedures and cutting-edge research and development.

We have a national liver and small bowel transplant centre and are a global centre of excellence for complex heart conditions, the treatment of burns, cancer and liver and kidney disease.We are a nationally designated specialist centre for epilepsy surgery and boast a paediatric major trauma centre for the West Midlands. Alongside this our fantastic Paediatric Intensive Care Unit is rated 'Outstanding' by the CQC.

We are also home to one of the largest Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in the country, with a dedicated inpatient Eating Disorder Unit and Acute Assessment Unit for regional referrals of children and young people with the most serious of problems (Tier 4) and our Forward Thinking Birmingham community mental health service for 0-25 year olds.