South & City College Birmingham held its first Homeless Conference at its Digbeth campus on Tuesday 18th December 2018.
The purpose of the summit was to encourage healthy discussion and debate regarding homelessness in the area, with the college providing a safe and friendly environment for this deliberation to take place in.
The conference touched on how educational establishments such as South & City College can work alongside local businesses and other organisations to help the homeless within Digbeth and central Birmingham.
A large part of the day consisted of guest speakers, including individuals who have been (or are currently) homeless, explaining their story.
The event saw around 90 people in attendance, including students from Bordesley Green Girls Academy and Avecinna Academy, student ambassadors and members from the Senior Leadership Team at South & City College.
Several councillors from Birmingham City Council, MP’s including Jack Dromey and Cara Higgs from the National Express were also present.
The college hosted a Soup Kitchen within the campus courtyard later that evening. The homeless were given something to eat, the option of a haircut and shave and even some new clothing.
Hanna Myles, Customer Experience Manager at South & City College and conference organiser, said: “After hearing a debate centred around homelessness at the Erdington Youth Parliament at the House of Commons, it became clear that as an educational facility, we don’t do enough for the homeless. I came back to Birmingham with fire in my belly to see what we could do.”
“After a discussion with the Deputy Principal, the Homeless Conference was born, to bring the community together to discuss how we can help the homeless and sustain that help going forward. Together we can make a difference!”