We partnered with St Basils 6 months ago; on World Homeless Day, we take a look back on what the impact of this has been so far.
St Basils is a West Midlands based charity that provides support and assistance to the young and homeless in the area. In 2017, they opened the Solihull hub to help cover the extra demand. In April, we paid the Solihull hub’s electricity bill for the year.
Since then, the hub has provided support to 246 young people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, taking some of the burden off the Birmingham hub which has seen 1365 people in the same time period.
The donation to cover the electricity bill covers 21% of the hub’s running cost, but that isn’t where our involvement ended. In May, staff visited the hub to gain a deeper understanding of the causes and effects of homelessness. We’ve donated laptops to the hub for use by staff and for vulnerable young people to write CVs, to help change their circumstances. We remain committed to supporting causes that we are passionate about, especially when they are located close to our head office and sites of operations.
Barrie Hodge, Head of fundraising, commented “The donation from UKPR has made a huge difference to the finances of the hub, but crucially the lives of those we support. Homelessness remains an issue in the West Midlands and we aim to offer accommodation, support and shelter to all those who need it, but we can’t do this without the kind generosity of those who donate. UKPR has been amazing by financially supporting the hub, and freeing up resources to directly impact 246 young people.”