REGION’S HIDDEN HOMELESS SUPPORTED BY £3M GRANT

With World Homeless Day (10 October) tomorrow, the stark reality of the winter months is upon us and a leading charity is reminding people of the need to support the region’s “hidden homeless”. As it reveals the latest updates on three major projects, Heart of England Community Foundation wants to demonstrate the immediate housing needs facing society.  Latest figures from the Office of National Statistics show that unemployment rose by 62,000 in the three months leading up to July and Payroll data showed that 695,000 less people were employed in England, when compared to March. These statistics serve as a

LOVEBRUM CARES FOR BIRMINGHAM’S MOST VULNERABLE DURING WORLD HOMELESS DAY

In aid of World Homeless Day, Brum-based charity LoveBrum took to social media to spread awareness of Birmingham’s increasing homelessness. The charity also donated £500 to two invaluable charities to help them continue the work they do to help the homeless population. Birmingham currently holds the fourth highest rate of statutory homelessness in the UK, and 2016-17 saw 3,524 households fall into this category. Raising awareness is more important than ever, and LoveBrum took social media by storm in order to do so. As awareness can be equally as important as monetary donations, LoveBrum introduced a ‘pound per share’ campaign.

CURRY AND COMEDY NIGHT FEEDS HOMELESS PROJECT’S BIG AMBITIONS

Last Friday, comedy-lovers and curry-connoisseurs alike were in high spirits, at Itihaas’ Comedy Rum-Ball. Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens welcomed 270 guests, who came together for an evening of eating, drinking, and entertaining. Hosted by BBC Celebrity MasterChef finalist and famed comedian, Hardeep Singh Kohli, those in attendance not only raised the roof, but also vital funds for local homeless project Let’s Feed Brum. Altogether, the generous attendees donated a phenomenal £10,475 to the cause. The second event of its sort, the comedy and curry night was designed to give back to those in need, using its first sold-out success as its

RESTAURANTS SIGN UP TO BE BIRMINGHAM’S SOUP-ERHEROES

As the days get shorter, the nights get colder, and next week’s temperature is set to reach zero yet again. In a week where Birmingham’s homelessness hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons, a group of campaigners have taken the issue into their own hands and are pulling the city’s restaurants and residents together to take to the streets. Let’s Feed Brum, a campaign that launched in November, has signed up Chop & Wok, Umami Harborne, and Gabriels Traditional Fish and Chips. The trio of restaurants join Itihaas, and will all donate hot food one night a week at