SIFA Fireside is Birmingham’s main day centre for homeless and vulnerably housed adults. It’s a charity that we have supported for many years and last month we pledged to support their Building Employability project.
The project is being developed for small and medium-sized enterprises currently working in the West Midlands, who are socially invested in increasing employment opportunities for people who have experienced homelessness or exploitation.
SIFA Fireside’s Fundraising and Corporate Partnerships Manager, Melissa Roche, said: “COVID-19 has impacted heavily on individuals and businesses across the region, which is why now is a crucial time to look at how we can work together to develop clear pathways and increase the number of people that have access to sustainable employment and accommodation opportunities.
“The commercial sector plays a key role in tackling homelessness in the city and a number of our corporate partners have offered employment opportunities to our work ready clients. Pledging your support to Building Employability is the first step to extending our reach within the thriving building and construction industry in Birmingham. Building Employability is a long-term approach that we want to develop with partners that stimulates real change and action.”
Although the project is still in the early stages, we’re looking forward to working with other businesses to develop opportunities for both individuals and the construction sector.