Birmingham has some of the highest rates of homelessness in the country. This fact spurred three groups of young people working with Digbeth’s Envision charity, to look at practical ways in which they can help.
The three groups, Enlightened from Small Heath School, SOS from Bishop Challoner, and Danny and Feed from King Edward VI Handsworth, all started their projects independently. Not long afterwards, however, they began working together, along with SIFA Fireside, to ensure their projects had a meaningful and long-lasting impact.
SIFA Fireside, based on Allcock Street in Digbeth, is a leading charity providing a full spectrum of support services to the homeless from food and showers, to counselling and mock-interview sessions.
After helping SIFA with day-to-day tasks, and speaking in depth with service users, the young people have put together a short documentary (below). The groups want to share their learnings with their peers and, hopefully, a wider city audience, about the great work being done in Digbeth.
This is a great example of young people feeling passionate about an issue, linking up with a local charity and really taking a lead on trying to tackle it.