SIFA Fireside is the powerful combination of two valued organisations - SIFA and The Fireside Charity. Both had a care and concern for vulnerable adults at their core.
Our story begins in the streets of Birmingham in the 1980s
As two catholic nuns walked through the city, they saw people who were homeless and in need of food. They wanted to provide them with a place of respite. And so, The Fireside Charity was launched.
The Fireside Charity before its merge with SIFA.
Around the same time, a project that supported homeless people with alcohol recovery (HARP) was relaunched as SIFA (Supporting Independence from Alcohol).
Sandra, our service manager, hard at work at HARP before the merge.
The Fireside Charity and SIFA were linked in spirit from the beginning, often serving the same client base. Over time it became clear that together, they would be stronger and provide more comprehensive support for their clients.
HARP (which later became SIFA) in action.
In 2007, SIFA and The Fireside joined forces to tackle homelessness as one
We moved into a newly refurbished building together and it was a tonic for our clients and staff. More light, more energy, more ideas.
Each year since then we have developed our services to help transform people’s lives. Many of our clients have moved on to more settled, healthier lives through our services. We are very proud that some now volunteer and work with us.
Since 2016, we have been the central Hub for homeless adults in Birmingham in partnership with Shelter. At the Hub, we collaborate with other providers so that vulnerable adults can discover and access multiple services under one roof.
Our wonderful bright Drop-In Centre today. This is where the magic happens.
An increase in homelessness in Birmingham (and the UK) means more people need our services. We have risen to this challenge and provide high quality support to vulnerable adults to help them achieve lasting change.
We are proud to have had this recognised in recent years...
- In 2019, we were awarded a Civic Society Blue Plaque.
- In 2017, we received a Community Inspiration Award from the Community Foundation.
- In 2017, we won BVSC’s Volunteer Team Award.
- In 2015, we received the Institute of Fundraising’s National Fundraising Award.
What next? We have loads in store for the future
We’ll focus on delivering long-term, sustainable solutions to homelessness. We’ll continue to offer immediate practical support to our clients. We will...
- Invest more in our Work it Out programme – working with local businesses to offer our clients three-month work placements with training and support to help them transition into employment
- Ensure our approach is psychologically-informed - making sure we meet our clients’ emotional and psychological needs, so they can make positive change in their lives
- Develop our services to adapt to our clients’ changing needs.
Help us meet these goals! Join us and take action today.