One year on, Solihull charity is doing its bit to help the homeless - The Solihull Observer

One year on, Solihull charity is doing its bit to help the homeless

Solihull Editorial 10th Oct, 2020   0

A SOLIHULL organisation is doing its bit to combat homelessness as the borough marks World Homeless Day today, Saturday, October 10.

In the twelve months since its launch, Solihull Change into Action has raised more than £46,000 to support specialist organisations and outreach services working to change the circumstances of individuals sleeping rough and those at risk of homelessness.

As well as big donations from The Enterprise Trust, National Express, Paragon Bank, Renewal Church, Solihull BID and Touchwood, the campaign has also received donations from individuals donating online and at collection points at shops in Solihull town centre.

So far, grants have been given to: Accord Housing Association, Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid (BSWA), Solihull Churches Action on Homelessness (SCAH) and St Basils. These have been used to help with accommodation and furnishing needs, tackle social isolation, pay for transport costs and purchase starter packs for mothers and children.

Change into Action was initially launched in 2017 in Birmingham as a partnership between Andy Street the Mayor of the West Midlands, the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), and Birmingham City Council.

Andy Street said: “Rough sleeping across the West Midlands is completely unacceptable, and we have been working hard to right this moral wrong.

“The aim of the WMCA Homelessness Task Force is to design out homelessness, but this will only be achieved through collaborative working.

“I am therefore delighted that Change into Action in Solihull, which has seen the WMCA working in partnership with Solihull Council, Solihull BID and Solihull Churches Action on Homelessness, has been so successful and raised so much money for those most in need.”

Solihull Council’s Cabinet Member for Stronger and Safer Communities, Councillor Alison Rolf, added: “Although Solihull still has very few people who regularly sleep rough, we do have people who are homeless.

“Covid-19 has made this situation much worse as we’ve seen an increase in domestic abuse and family break ups during this period.

“As we focus our minds on World Homelessness Day, we know the next year will also be very difficult. So as well as thanking this year’s donors, I would also ask for more people to get involved and help us to change lives.”

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