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How You Can Help Needy Families in Birmingham

by BecSorby (follow)
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.



Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid
Ryland House, 44-48 Bristol Street, Birmingham B5 7AA
0121 685 8687
Website

A support centre for women affected by domestic violence, abuse and fear and services include a helpline, central drop-in centre, safe accommodation and counselling.
Accepts donations of nappies, toiletries, tinned goods and dried food for women and children.
Also accepts Monetary donations such as a one-off or regular donation.
Also has a Charity Shop in which £30 worth of clothes sold can provide an emergency pack for a family who have been forced to flee from their home, including a toy for the children.

Birmingham Central Foodbank
Birmingham City Church, Parade, B1 3QQ
0121 236 2997
Website

Accepts food donations such as UHT milk, long-life fruit juice and squash, tinned fruit, tinned meat, pasta sauce, tinned vegetables and cereal.
You can donate food at Tesco Springhill Superstore (at the front of the store) in Camden Street, Hockley and at Birmingham City Church, Parade, B1 3QQ
Also accepts donations of money, either as a one-off donation or on a regular basis.
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:
Homeless Heros Soup Kitchen – accept donations of money, or you can donate your time.
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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