We’re pleased to be collaborating with Grand Union to develop a public festival run by vulnerable and homeless people. This public programme will offer creative engagement and training opportunities to transform parts of the city through a city centre growing project.
Since 2010, Grand Union have worked with and for local communities. Their work develops and supports quality artistic activity and experiences, exploring new contexts for public to engage with art.
The aim of the Growing Project is to ‘Green-Sense’ the city by undertaking ‘food growing’ in order to improve sites across Birmingham – sites that will be developed, tended, and nurtured by homeless people. The aim is to change the perception of vulnerable people in crisis and those experiencing homelessness, and demonstrate how they can make positive contributions to society.
Here are just a few lovely snapshots of what The Growing Project has produced at St Anne’s in such a short amount of time since it began…
There will be a series of celebration events, workshops, training sessions and talks for volunteers and public which focuses on food, gardening and ecology, providing opportunities for them to come together with people from the wider community. The project will culminate in a public dinner, where guests and hosts can share stories, food and conversation.
More updates will be added to our website as the project develops. For more information, you can also visit the Grand Union website.
We’re looking for a Landlord Liaison Officer to help us identify good quality and affordable private & social rented accommodation for homeless men.
The role will involve engaging with reputable landlords into partnership working so we can provide safe and secure housing to those in need. You will also provide support to landlords in order to create long-term accommodation for our residents.
A typical day would include completing property inspections, establishing relationships with new landlords, looking for potential developments and supporting fellow members of staff.
You will need excellent time management skills and the ability to work to tight deadlines. Empathy, understanding of our client group, self-motivation and the flexibility to meet our customer’s needs is also essential. DBS check and full UK Driving Licence with access to a vehicle for work and business insurance required.
If you’re interested in this opportunity with purpose, we’d love to hear from you. Please also get in touch if you know of any private landlords who you think would be interested in working with us.
On 14th May, we had members of staff from HSBC volunteering with us to help transform part of our Park View apartments. Here is a little explanation from them of why they wanted to come and give us some support:
“The Bank is extremely keen for us to spend time giving something back to good causes. We wanted to take the opportunity to reach out to a smaller organisation that may not get the same levels of support and exposure as some of the larger charitable projects/initiatives. We are really hoping that by the end of the day, you will have a refreshed space for residents within Park View and allow you to reinvest savings into other worthwhile projects at the hostel.”
The team were really friendly and very happy to be at St Anne’s supporting the charity. They managed to paint the four landings in our Park View apartments building, which has made the environment much brighter for the residents that live there!
We are proud to be part of Lloyds Bank Foundation for England & Wales’ new film telling the story of 700 Small But Vital charities that are everyday lifelines for people with nowhere left to turn.
The needs of charities like ours goes beyond the grants – it’s time to recognise the importance of developing charities and influencing policy changes too. Thanks to Lloyds for highlighting this in their new video #whathappensthen