Eliz Hopkins

St Basils Pop Up Shop Launches in Birmingham

Last month on 22 April 2024, the charity St Basils, which helps young people between 16 – 25 who are experiencing homelessness, opened its first-ever pop-up vintage shop in the Great Western Arcade, Birmingham, all thanks to a big donation from the Arcade itself. They are selling some cool vintage clothes, sports gear, and trainers. […]

200 Years On – the Vagrancy Act and the Criminal Justice Bill

On Tuesday 12 March the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Ending Homelessness (APPGEH) held a meeting in Parliament to discuss the impact of the current draft of the government’s proposed Criminal Justice Bill.  At the meeting, chaired by MPs, Bob Blackman and Paula Barker, were a panel of experts including people from local authorities and people […]

Exercise your right to vote in the West Midlands.

On 2 May 2024, people across the West Midlands are being invited to vote in the polls to elect A Mayor for the West Midlands Combined Authority A Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands  Councillors within local authority areas of, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton.  (In Selly Oak and Bournbrook in […]

New One-stop youth hub opens in Coventry

St Basils Youth Hub in Birmingham came into being as a response to the growing concern over youth homelessness in the city. Recognising the need for a dedicated service that could not only provide immediate shelter but also address the root causes of homelessness among young people, local authorities and charitable organisations came together to […]

Fairer Futures funds end of life training

Talking about end-of-life care with someone experiencing homelessness is important for several reasons.  Firstly, like anyone else, individuals experiencing homelessness have the right to make informed decisions about their end-of-life care, yet they might not have easy access to the information or support needed to make these decisions. By discussing end-of-life care, we ensure their […]

Wolverhampton: Drop in number of rough sleepers on city’s streets

Wolverhampton has witnessed a significant reduction in its rough sleeper population, achieving one of its lowest levels ever as part of a concerted effort to ensure that no one is forced to spend the night outside or endure hunger within the city. The city council adopts a comprehensive, multi-agency strategy that has been effective in […]

Leap into Action: Wolverhampton’s Beacon of Hope

As it was leap day yesterday, we thought we would take a closer look at this peer to peer project at Good Shepherd Wolverhampton seeking to support people with a lived experience of homelessness. Wolverhampton, a city known for its resilience and community spirit, has witnessed the rise of an extraordinary initiative that’s transforming lives […]

The Black Country Foodbank publish their 2023 impact report.

Since its inception in June 2006 at Chawn Hill Church in Stourbridge, the Black Country Foodbank (BCFB) has been steadfast in its commitment as a Christian-based charitable organisation to aiding those in need. Fast forward to the end of 2023, the BCFB has remarkably expanded its reach, boasting a comprehensive network of 26 food banks […]

The Day in the Life as an Independent Domestic Violence Advisor – IDVA FOR ALL 

An IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advisor) is a specialist professional who works with victims of domestic abuse to develop a trusting relationship. Their primary role is to provide support to individuals who are at high risk of serious harm due to domestic violence. Here are some key aspects of an IDVA’s role: 1) Safety and […]