Homelessness is a very pressing social issue, and youth homelessness even more so. This is one of the key drivers behind Microtrading’s choice of charity, Birmingham-based organisation, St Basils.
Every year at Microtrading, we donate the money that would otherwise be spent on mailing Christmas cards out to our clients to this amazing charity that helps keep local young people off the streets.
Making real changes to the lives of local young people
St Basils is the largest charity working with young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the West Midlands. The charity helps over 5,000 young people every year, aiming to remove the risk of them becoming homeless ever again and setting them on course for a bright and fulfilling future.
St Basils has 34 supported accommodation schemes. These enable them to house more than 1,500 young people every year, some of whom have young children of their own.
This incredible charity recently revealed its latest project, funded by Heart of England Community Foundation’s ‘Building Better Lives’ programme. The funding recently secured, which totals over £1m, will enable St Basils to provide 32 units of accommodation in Coventry.
Donations big, small and somewhere in between
Whilst substantial grants, like Heart of England’s, make the Coventry project possible, smaller contributions really matter. St Basils still relies on donations from companies and individuals in order to continue its great work.
The charity also provides a range of prevention, accommodation, engagement and support services, which in turn help young people to gain skills, confidence and employment, and move on successfully. These services are crucial to solving youth homelessness as they can break the ‘no home – no job – no home’ cycle.
If you’d like to make your own donation to St Basils, or would like to know more about the charity, visit the St Basils website.
A message from Microtrading
Andrew Penlington, Director of Microtrading, said: “We know it can be nice to get a Christmas card. But we also know that they have a short shelf life – especially in an office. As such, we’ve believed for many years that the money we’d spend on a Yuletide mailing would be put to better use in the community.
“Youth homelessness is a cause close to our hearts. Moreover, there’s no time where funding could be more necessary than in the colder months and the Christmas period.
“Nevertheless, we wish all our clients a ‘Very Merry Christmas’ and we look forward to supporting them into the New Year and throughout 2020!
“Lastly, we would also like to wish all the best to the team at St Basils at what is, undoubtedly, the most challenging time of the year.”