Congratulations and well done to our BVSC Volunteer Award winners. This year, during volunteers week, BVSC held their annual volunteer awards at Blakesley Hall. We were delighted that our very own ‘Birmingham Teapot Fund’ were awarded the BVSC Volunteer Team of the Year Award and that Sister Rose was runner-up in the Over 50’s Volunteer of the Year Award.
In February 2015 we made the difficult decision to close at weekends due to lack of funding. We were amazed when our weekend volunteers came together to form a fundraising group called ‘The Birmingham Teapot Fund’ who worked tirelessly to raise enough money to continue to open at weekends for the rest of the year.
They also continue to raise money to ensure the Drop-In centre remains open at weekends during 2016-17 (click here to make a donation).The impact they have had, alongside their commitment and determination to help the homeless make them worthy winners of this years award. Thank you to everyone involved!
Sister Rose is 82 years old. She was first appointed a volunteer to the Fireside Centre in September 1993. When the Fireside Centre merged with SIFA in 2007 Sister Rose continued to volunteer faithfully, every Tuesday, organising the clothes store. She has now been here for 23 years and is one of our longest serving volunteers. She is incredibly reliable, always willing to help, to mentor new volunteers and to support staff and clients. Not only giving of her time at the centre she also tirelessly promotes the work of SIFA Fireside in her parish and has involved her community in sending regular monetary and other donations to enhance funding as well as supporting and attending various fund raising events throughout the year. We were delighted that she was recognised at this years volunteer awards. Thank you Sister Rose for all your hard work and for sticking with us for so many years!