The great work of St Chad’s Sanctuary and why they need you

St Chad’s Sanctuary provides welcome, friendship and practical support for asylum seekers and refugees in need. Established in 2010, the charity works in partnership with the Infant Jesus Sisters, the Salvation Army, the Archdiocese of Birmingham and Father Hudson’s Care. Based in central Birmingham near St Chad’s Cathedral, it prioritises support for vulnerable and destitute asylum…

Irish president praises homeless shelter during Birmingham visit

President Higgins meets staff from Tabor House The President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, met staff from Birmingham homeless shelter, Tabor House, during yesterday’s visit to the city. President Higgins visited the headquarters of the Birmingham Irish Association, which is one of the founding partners behind Tabor House. Project manager, Sharon Fear, volunteer coordinator Sharon McCall, Jo…

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Tabor House responds to Birmingham homelessness figures

Statistics released today show the number of people sleeping rough in Birmingham rose by 60% last year – a tenfold rise since 2010. These figures come just a day after a homeless man, Kane Walker, died on the streets of Birmingham. West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street, who made a commitment to tackle homelessness in Birmingham,…

Celebrating Christmas at Sophia House

During the Christmas season, the media frequently highlights the issue of homelessness, particularly those who are sleeping rough. Many generous people respond to the very visible needs of street homelessness. For those in transition from Home Office accommodation to mainstream housing, with just a short space of time frame in which to secure accommodation, the threat…

New diocesan magazine launched

The Archdiocese of Birmingham has launched a new diocesan magazine – The Sower. The Advent edition is available now in parishes. Alternatively, you can read an online version on the Archdiocese website: www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk/diocesan-magazine. This issue of The Sower is a pilot and the Archdiocese is looking for your feedback to help develop the magazine in the…

Maryvale needs your backing to get crafty

Maryvale Community Project has launched Get Crafty – a crowdfunding campaign to help them tackle isolation through creativity. With your support, Maryvale wants to launch a weekly craft cafe for older people and adults with learning disabilities. The cafe will combine meeting, eating and creating. The cafe will encourage people to learn new hobbies, or rekindle…

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World Day of the Poor: how you can get involved

The second World Day of the Poor takes place on 18 November 2018. To help people get involved in social action, Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) have produced resources for parishes and individuals. These include testimony to help deepen our understanding of others’ experiences, posters, prayers and ideas on how to take action. There is also…