Poverty and deprivation in Birmingham: A report by Birmingham City Council states that in comparison with other core cities Birmingham's rates of homelessness are disproportionately high.
On average 31% of adults in Birmingham do not have academic, vocational, or professional qualifications, significantly higher than the national average of 23%.
What we are doing through churches: Working in conjunction with Thrive Together Birmingham and the Diocese of Birmingham, Church Urban Fund has supported over 580 local projects to a value of £5.3million to tackle poverty and deprivation across the region. One example is the Birmingham Churches Winter Night Shelter, a city wide partnership of churches and street outreach teams working together to give shelter, friendship, dignity and a hope for the future to those who find themselves sleeping rough.
Expanding our reach: To continue our efforts and increase effectiveness we are partnering with charities CEO and Villa in the Community to host a CEO on the 14th May at Villa Park. The night will see Birmingham's leading business figures sleep outdoors in the grounds of Aston Villa to experience something of what hundreds of homeless men and women face every night. Funds raised will go towards the alleviation of Birmingham's most pressing social needs.
For the full list of participants go to: http://www.ceosleepoutuk.com/birmingham.html
Motivations for getting involved: "I believe we have an inescapable responsibility to help those finding it hard to help themselves - so the least I can do is sleep out for a night to show my commitment"- Mark Rogers, CEO, Birmingham City Council
“CEO is a practical way of putting compassion into action, following in the steps of Jesus who put the wellbeing of others before his family, religious laws and his own comfort and livelihood"- Revd David Urquhart, Bishop of Birmingham
Get involved: If you are a business leader in the Birmingham area please join us in tackling poverty by taking part in the CEO . To participate send your name, title, photograph and email address to Elissa at Church Urban Fund, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02078981091.
For more information, or to show your support, visit the website:
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Author: Lynsey Robinson
Date: 31 March 2015
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