December saw student members of You[th] Against Poverty [YAP] out in the city centre, distributing donations to rough sleepers, on what was one of the coldest days of the winter so far.
A study by the charity Shelter, published in November, ranks Birmingham as the worst in the West Midlands region, with 1 in 73 people now sleeping on the streets or stuck in temporary accommodation, such as hostels and B&Bs. This amounts to 15,538 homeless and that figure looks set to rise.
YAP distributed warm clothing, sleeping bags, hygiene and sanitary products and a range of much needed resources, which were donated by members of staff and students of South & City and Bournville Colleges.
You[th] Against Poverty was formed in 2017 by second year A-level Sociology students at Bournville College. They felt strongly about how poverty and inequality is increasing in the city and wanted to do something about it. They paid to register their organisation as a Community Interest
Company at Companies House and created the Help 4 the Homeless Project as an ongoing long-term survey.
When you donate to YAP you do so knowing that your donations are going directly to the homeless. Should you wish to contribute the students’ worthy cause, YAP are asking for the following donations to be handed to Bournville College’s reception:
• Bottled water
• Any non-perishable food
• Sanitary and hygiene products
• Clothing – thermals, coats, hats, scarves, gloves, new underwear and socks
• Sleeping bags
• Shoes in good condition