Christmas Volunteering with Lets Feed Brum

Christmas volunteering with Let’s Feed Brum

Christmas is the time for giving, which is good news for the city’s homeless community because a five-day shelter is set up and more people are out volunteering. Whilst this is all great news, your help is still needed!

New Street Soup Kitchen changes its operational hours during the Christmas period, but we know how keen you all are to give your time so below is what we need over the festive season. Let us know if you’re able to help!

Redditch Night Shelter

From Friday 23 December – Monday 2 January there will be a night shelter open for rough sleepers at the Ecumenical Centre in Redditch.

This important project, which is in its sixth year, is expecting up to eight guests a night. Whilst there is a night shelter manager present throughout the evening, the project is currently short of volunteers to assist.

There are 3 shifts per night available:
8pm-12am – providing food and company to the guests
12am-6am – assisting the night shelter manager in watching over the guests
6am-8am – providing breakfast for the guests

The ‘through the night’ shift is clearly a demanding one, particularly as it needs to be scheduled in the midst of family commitments at a very special time of year. However, it can also be one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have. Please help!

Note that you will need your own transport but we should be able to provide places to park. Redditch is a 30 minute drive from Birmingham city centre.

If you can commit your time, please get in touch with Ben Rafiqi – [email protected]

Christmas Eve in the JQ

On Christmas Eve, the owners of a cafe in Hockley would like to provide a sit down Christmas meal for rough sleepers in and around the Jewellery Quarter area of the city.

Volunteers are needed to distribute invitations to the rough sleepers on the mornings of the 22, 23 and 24 December. They will be found sleeping in specific areas and volunteers will work in teams of 4 to locate rough sleepers and offer invitations between 5.30 and 7am in the morning. They will bring flasks of hot drinks and possibly hot breakfast sandwiches with them.

If you would like to help us give the city’s homeless a place to go on Christmas Eve, please email Ben Rafiqi –[email protected].

Christmas Day in the city centre

On Christmas Day we would like to put together one or two teams of 6-8 volunteers that would roam the streets looking for people who have not taken advantage of the Christmas Shelter.

The team will have flasks of hot drinks, essential supplies, mince pies and hopefully some hot food. This will be really welcomed by the people spending Christmas Day alone on the cold, silent streets of Birmingham City Centre.

If you would like to give up part of your Christmas Day celebrations to help people who really need it, email us – [email protected]

Other days over the Christmas period

New Street Soup Kitchen will still be out every Monday-Saturday over the festive period, including Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve. However, our hours will be different – some earlier in the day/evening and without the set up outside HSBC Bank. That said… we still need you!

Please join us, as you normally would. Drop us a line to let us know what day you’d like to come out and help us provide food, supplies and friendship to the city’s rough sleepers.