The charity Shelter has received a grant of £60,000 for their Birmingham centre from the Masonic Charitable Foundation. Warwickshire Provincial Charity Steward John Hayward, visited the centre on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master, accompanied by W Bro Geoff Walker, and received a warm welcome from managers and staff at the centre. Pictured below is Joel Dunster, Senior Grants & Philanthropy Executive from Shelter’s London HQ, with Belinda Hoste, Advice Service Manager for Birmingham, receiving the certificate from Provincial Grand Charity Steward, John Hayward.
More than 1,600 people in Birmingham with serious housing difficulties will be getting help over the next two years, thanks to the grant from Warwickshire Freemasons, funded by the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The £60,000 grant, specifically to Shelter Birmingham will help fund an Advice Worker who will help people in danger of homelessness or threatened with repossession. They will also help with cases where homes are unsafe or dilapidated.
Birmingham has some of the highest levels of homelessness in the UK outside London, with the situation expected to worsen over the coming years. There are more than 12,000homeless people in Birmingham, and more than 300,000 in the UK as a whole. While some issues can be resolved quickly and easily, others require months of intensive prolonged casework. Shelter’s advice workers give people the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to avoid future crises by themselves.
John Hayward with Pippa Trace who is one of the team of Peer Workers for the Changing Futures programme.
Vicky Hines, from Shelter Birmingham, said: “We’re very grateful to Warwickshire Freemasons for their generous grant which will allow us to reach hundreds of people with housing problems in Birmingham.” John Hayward added “We’re very pleased to be able to help Shelter, who do hugely important work helping some of the most vulnerable people in our community.”
The visit to the Shelter Birmingham office was very illuminating and helped us to understand what problems Shelter handle on a daily basis, and discussion with the staff and advisers demonstrated what a difficult but essential role they play in helping people recover from life changing situations.
Geoff Walker with Centre Manager Belinda Hoste and Emma Poursain, a Lead Worker in the Birmingham Changing Futures Together programme.
Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through their advice, support and legal services. Shelter website - https://england.shelter.org.uk/
The grant comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends from across England and Wales. https://mcf.org.uk/