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New homeless shelter seeks volunteers

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In September Birmingham’s only permanent night shelter, Tabor House, will open its doors, supporting homeless people in the city to get off the streets and change their lives.

But Tabor House is more than just a bed for the night. As well as shelter and food, it will help the people staying there to access support services leading to more permanent accommodation and eventually independent living. And they need your help to make this happen.

The group behind Tabor House, a collaboration of local charities, businesses, experts and individuals, is looking for volunteers to help them deliver this much-needed support. On Thursday 13 July they are holding an open evening at St Anne’s Catholic Church in Digbeth for people to come along and find out how they can get involved with supporting homeless people.

They’re looking for volunteer mentors to support people with taking steps to take back control of their lives, hospitality volunteers to assist with preparing food and drinks, make beds and keep the place tidy, and volunteer shift leaders to bring it all together.

In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the number of people sleeping rough in Birmingham. The Churches Winter Night Shelter offers emergency shelter in the city for three months a year, with fourteen churches and organisations offering hospitality from January to April. Outside of these months, there is currently no emergency night shelter, meaning people end up sleeping on a street, in a doorway or a carpark. Here they are vulnerable not only to the elements, but to robbery and assault.

Determined to change things for homeless people in the city, Tabor House will offer a bed for the night, a shower, hot food and warm clothes. As well as offering shelter, it will provide support to get people off the streets. Local experts, partners and volunteers will offer befriending and mentoring, advising guests on how best to engage with support services, leading to long term accommodation and independent living.

To find out more about how you can help, simply come along to the volunteer open evening between 6pm and 9pm. For details, see the Tabor House Volunteer Open Evening event page.

If your business would like to join the growing list of corporate supporters and donors tackling the exponential rise in rough sleeping in Birmingham through Tabor House, please call our Deputy Head of Community Projects, Christy Acton on 01675 434064 or email christyacton@fatherhudsons.org.uk to discuss the opportunities.

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