Solihull/London (10/04/18) – UK Power Reserve is partnering with youth homelessness charity St Basils, supporting its Solihull hub by paying its electricity bill for a year. The donation will ensure the charity can continue its vital work against a backdrop of government budget cuts to support services, and UK Power Reserve challenges other energy companies to fund its other hub in Birmingham and 33 shelters across England and Wales.
Established in 1972 at St Basils church in Birmingham, the charity provides shelter and skills development for young homeless people aged 16 to 25 in the West Midlands. Its central hub in Birmingham saw more than 5,000 requests for support last year and St Basils opened a second hub in Solihull to help manage rising demand. Currently, St Basils has two hubs and 488 units of accommodation across the West Midlands.
UK Power Reserve’s donation of £9,300 will cover the Solihull hub’s electricity bill for 2018-19, and the company will continue to develop close ties with St Basils during the course of the partnership. With its headquarters in Solihull, UK Power Reserve is keenly aware of the problem of rough sleeping in the local area: 4.76 out of every 1,000 people are homeless in Solihull, higher than the national average. UK Power Reserve is also giving time to the shelter, providing writing assistance and CV and interview advice.
This donation builds on other charity relationships the company has developed close to its power generation sites across England and Wales.
St Basil’s operates 33 hubs and shelters across the West Midlands, including Coventry and Warwickshire, and UK Power Reserve is urging energy companies to pay the remaining electricity bills. The Solihull hub expects to receive 1,000 requests for help a year once fully operational and continues to rely on the generosity of others to help the young and homeless. St Basils expects referrals to increase as the rate of homelessness continues to rise.
Tim Emrich, CEO and Co-Founder of UK Power Reserve, said: “We at UK Power Reserve have always worked hard to build meaningful relationships within our local communities and to do what we can for the most vulnerable among us. St Basils provides crucial services for our young people here in Solihull, helping them to find shelter and to break the cycle of homelessness that is such a scourge of our society. We are proud to support them in their work and look forward to continuing our partnership with them in the coming year. I am calling on all of our peers in the energy industry to contribute likewise so that organisations like St Basils can continue to make a real difference to people’s lives.”
Barrie Hodge, Head of Fundraising from St Basils added “We are absolutely delighted by UK Power Reserve’s support, the Solihull hub is a much needed lifeline to countless young people in the local area. Many individuals are truly shocked to hear that an affluent area like Solihull has one of the highest rates of homelessness within the country. This money will really make a difference, donations like this to St Basils ensure our vital services continue”
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