No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) Conference

By Eliz Hopkins On Wednesday 19 October 2022 I had the privilege of attending the WMCA Homelessness Taskforce NRPF and Homelessness at Birmingham Symphony Hall. The conference promised to be an insightful day bringing partners together to consider and explore regional approaches to designing out homelessness for non-UK nationals with no recourse or restricted eligibility […]

Miss Macaroon Programme and open day

Macaroons that Make a Difference programme was developed as part of Miss Macaroon’s work as a Social Enterprise. The scheme offers support for long-term unemployed young people, aged 18-35 years old, who have certain disadvantages when it comes to gaining employment. For example, some trainees are ex-offenders. Others have had a history of mental health […]

Free School Uniforms Across the West Midlands

The increase in the cost of living is at the forefront of everyone’s minds at the moment. Sadly, there are necessities that are no longer affordable for families, and this includes school uniforms.  A survey of about 1,000 UK parents by The Children’s Society suggested those with children in state schools spent on average £337 […]

Black Country Foodbank – Recipe Bag Initiative

The Black Country Foodbank recently launched an initiative in the Sandwell area. Receipe Bags use the ambient food in the food parcels to create appetising and healthy meals. The recipe bag contains ALL the ingredients needed to cook a nutritional meal along with a step-by-step instruction recipe card, and a QR code which opens a […]

Homeless Link Spring Conference: Accommodation Solutions

Homeless Link Spring Conference: Accommodation Solutions Homeless Link are the national membership charity for organisations working directly with people who become homeless in England. In March Homeless Link are hosting their Spring Conference in Birmingham. This will be an in-person event and a great opportunity to network with other organisations and charities within the homeless […]

Appeal for Volunteers at Provision House

Provision House (formerly known as Loaves ‘N’ Fishes) is a Christian charity based in the West Midlands who are committed to the relief of poverty and all its effects on the people of Sandwell, Dudley and the wider Black Country. During the past month, a new cohort of students began their training programme to help […]

Tappin’ In Jan 2022

Learn to tap dance and be part of a tap dancing world record attempt – no experience necessary about Tappin’ In Tappin’ In is a project happening across the West Midlands during spring-summer 2022, as part of Birmingham International Dance Festival and the Birmingham 2022 Festival. We’re inviting people to come together weekly between February […]

Regional winter plan pledges to protect rough sleepers

Local authorities from across the West Midlands have joined to help rough sleepers as they battle the harsh winter weather and ongoing challenges caused by the pandemic. The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), the Homelessness Taskforce, and partners from the public, private and voluntary sectors, have set out a joint winter plan with the aim […]