Sadly, there are disadvantaged people living all over Birmingham who don't have a lot of anything, let alone support.
Situations such as domestic violence, upheaval to a new country or homelessness often mean people are left with very little clothing, possessions or food. There are ways to help, however, and if you have an abundance of clothes or pieces of furniture that are in good condition that you no longer need, why not consider giving them to needy people? Perhaps you have a heap of canned goods you could donate, or even make a cash donation?
Here are some of the ways you can help disadvantaged groups in Birmingham.
Birmingham City Mission The Clock Tower, 2 Langdon Street, Birmingham B9 4BP 0121 766 6603 Website
Provides essential goods such as food parcels, clothing and furniture for people in need.
Accept donations of clothing and bedding, furniture and electrical appliances.
Accept donations of non-perishable food items.
Resource Centre is open from Tuesday to Thursday between 10am to 4pm if you would like to make a donation of food, clothing or furniture.
You can also volunteer your time to help, although at the time of writing Foodbank was not recruiting new volunteers, so keep an eye on the website for changes to this.
Volunteer at a Community Kitchen Community Kitchens provide food to members of the community who would otherwise go hungry. You can contact them if you are interested in volunteering to help, and here is where they are located in Birmingham:
Let’s Feed Brum – also accept donations of good condition clothes and sleeping bags, along with monetary donations.
Birmingham Aston FoodCycle – provides services to vulnerable people and you can volunteer to cook, host or collect goods. You can also make a regular cash donation.
Donate new toys to Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham B4 6NH 0121 333 8506 Website
Accepts donations of new toys for patients, particularly around Christmas or Easter.
Toys must be brand new, not gift-wrapped and soft toys are not accepted.
To view the list of acceptable gifts, read on here.
You can also make cash donations or hold a fundraiser.
It doesn’t take much to make a big difference. If you can volunteer your time, give away some unwanted items sitting around the house or make a small cash donation, you will be making someone life just that little bit better.
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