SOLIHULL’S homelessness campaign, Change into Action, has been given a cash boost thanks to a £3000 donation from Free Methodist church Renewal and a £2000 donation from Touchwood.
Change into Action supports specialist organisations already working with homeless people in Solihull, and helps to get people off the streets and back into the community.
Organisers say the money will ‘enable organisations to trial innovative solutions’ to help rough sleepers and to prevent homelessness in Solihull.
Councillor Karen Grinsell, Solihull Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health said: “Although Solihull has very few people who regularly sleep rough, we have higher numbers of people who are homeless and at risk of sleeping rough who local services are supporting. We launched Change into Action last year to give additional support to organisations already helping those at risk to avoid homelessness and improve their lives. Thanks to the generosity of Touchwood and Renewal, we will be able to give more support to those most in need.”
Councillor Alison Rolf, Solihull Council’s Cabinet Member for Stronger and Safer Communities added: “Change into Action works to support people off the streets and back into the community. Local groups that support homeless people can apply for funding to support people in need and transform lives. This can be anything from help with accommodation to new clothing and training for jobs. Or it could be a new project that needs some funding to get it started – we’re open to ideas.”
Senior Pastor Rev. Jonny Lee said: “Renewal Church are so pleased to support the work of Change Into Action in our local town. We hope both now, and in the future, we can continue to make a positive contribution into Solihull.
“We will always seek to address the needs that effect people’s lives and all at the Renewal Family would want to add value to our locality. We are committed to being generous in every way we can.”