This year Birmingham Pride are pleased to be supporting three charities and organisations. Any surplus raised from ticket revenues from this years festival will be awarded to St. Basils, SIFA Fireside and LGBT Centre Birmingham all of whom do amazing work.
In addition to our supported charities, this year we have a special 'Pride funds award' open to those who wish to apply for funds from Birmingham Pride that will be assessed on an individual basis.
“St Basils works with young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, helping over 4000 young people per year across the West Midlands. At any one time they have over 400 young people living in their 29 supported accommodation schemes, which for some young people includes their young children as well. They have a range of prevention, accommodation and support services to help young people regain the stability they need to rebuild their lives, gain skills, training and employment and move on. The aim is to help them successfully break the cycle of homelessness, as the shared hope is that the next generation will be free from this blight on young lives and instead will go on to develop and thrive and experience a bright, fulfilling future.”
48-52 Allcock Street, Birmingham B9 4DY
Tel: 0121 766 1700
SIFA Fireside is a dynamic Birmingham charity which works with some of the most vulnerable adults in our society: those experiencing homelessness or who are vulnerably-housed. Many of the people we work with – our clients – are affected by alcohol, facing mental and physical health problems or otherwise socially excluded. SIFA Fireside is probably best known to people in Birmingham through its drop-in centre and services based in Digbeth where we run a daily Drop-In service. Here, we see over people 140 per day. As well as making sure people don’t go without basic necessities (we provide over 1000 breakfasts, 2000 lunches and 400 showers each month) we work with our partners to provide access to a nurse, opticians, and dentistry clinics, drug and alcohol support services, and tenancy support.
People from the LGBT community are statistically more likely to become homeless so we work closely with other organisations to meet this need. Birmingham Pride awarded us funding to provide counselling for LGBT clients as we see above the national average of LGBT clients here at SIFA Fireside. 32 LGBT clients have accessed this service. We have also written two articles for Zone magazine and the Umbrella Sexual Health Team now deliver a weekly drop in session here.
Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38-40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham. B1 1EQ
Tel: 0121 643 0821
Birmingham LGBT is a multi-award winning charity delivering services to the LGBT community in Birmingham whose mission is:
To develop a vibrant, diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community in Birmingham in which individuals can realise their full potential and have equal access to all the city has to offer.
Birmingham LGBT was established in 2002. It was originally founded as a grassroots breakaway group from the Pride Festival by individuals who felt that a Pride event once a year did not meet the community’s diverse needs.
The organisation has grown significantly since its inception and in January 2013 Birmingham LGBT opened the first LGBT Health & Wellbeing Centre in England and Wales, in partnership with the Big Lottery and Birmingham City Council. The Centre – the first of its kind – is fully accessible and includes a fitness suite, café, clinical room, training room, counselling rooms and office space, and has given the organisation significant national profile.
Birmingham LGBT has significant reach into the LGB and T communities, both locally and nationally, and is a member of the National LGB and T Strategic Partnership, a system partner to the Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health England.
Birmingham LGBT is an Investors In People accredited organisation.