Birmingham's Homeless Drop In
SIFA Fireside's, Drop In is the main access point to support and services for vulnerably housed and homeless adults in Birmingham. Visitors to the Drop In are able to access food, showers and clothing as well as a range of support services dealing with physical and mental health and different aspects of everyday well-being. The daily Drop In service provides 100 clothing parcels, 400 showers and over 3,000 meals each month.
Free, wide-ranging support
Visitors to the Drop In are able to access a whole range of services. There are regular sessions with health professionals including nurses, podiatrist, optometrist, mental health services, drug and alcohol services and sexual health services. There is also advice on welfare, benefits, accommodation, money and legal issues. Clients can also access different group programmes including art, music, computing and a women's group.
Our fantastic team
Supported by an experienced staff team, our volunteers (aged 18 upwards) bring a huge diversity of background and experience and are central to our ability to provide such a wide range of services. One volunteer still very actively involved celebrated their 90th birthday recently.
Staff are experienced in working with people experiencing a range of social and health difficulties. Our reputation as an organisation that focuses on the needs of clients and manages staff well means that we are able to recruit committed and enthusiastic people to any vacancies that arise.
SIFA Fireside is overseen by a board of trustees who have a good range of experience in business, finance, housing and the voluntary sector. This blend of experience helps to ensure clear oversight of the organisation's management.
We obtained the ISO 9001 international Quality Mark in 2009 and the Matrix Kitemark, for Advice, Information & Guidance in 2014. These are regularly updated through monthly reporting and an annual external audit. Both were maintained during the 2017 audit. We were also the winners of the King’s Fund/GSK Health Impact Award in 2013 and an Adult Learners’ award in 2014.
As well as contracts with Birmingham City Council and grants from The Big Lottery Fund we are supported by a number of partners in several ways. There are grant giving charitable trusts that support specific pieces of work for a period of time; there are groups such as Colmore BID (Business Improvement District) that have adopted SIFA Fireside as their charity of the year and fundraise to help with a particular area of work. The Lloyds Bank Foundation has recently extended its commitment to funding a tenancy support worker. The Irish Government, through its Emigrant Support Grant, supports our work with members of the Irish community in Birmingham. These partnerships allow us to deliver services beyond those with statutory funding or major grants and allow us to extend our reach to people who might otherwise not access services.
Partner with us
To help make a difference to homelessness in our city, why not partner with us? Our Fundraising & Corporate Partnerships Manager will be happy to discuss ways in which we can work together and give you more information to share with colleagues, friends and family.”