Homelessness is a pressing social issue, youth homelessness even more so. As with many social issues, homelessness has been significantly exacerbated by the pandemic – making now a great time to help.
As is customary for Microtrading, we’re donating the money that would otherwise be spent on mailing Christmas cards out to our clients, to our choice of charity – the Birmingham-based organisation, St Basils. This amazing charity helps keep local young people off the streets.
What is St Basils?
St Basils is the West Midlands’ largest homeless charity that works with young people aged 16-25 who are either homeless or at risk of homelessness. Every year, it works with over 5,000 young people, helping them find and keep a home, grow their confidence, develop their skills and setting them on a course for a bright and fulfilling future, free of the threat of homelessness.
A message from Microtrading
Andrew Penlington, Director of Microtrading, said: “We’re glad to be donating once again to St Basils, especially in a year that has been even more difficult for the region’s young homeless. This charity does incredible work.
“It’s been a challenging year for pretty much everyone, but charities that are already helping those in need have been under even more pressure due to the pandemic. This pressure comes from the current situation making it harder for them to fulfil their services, an increase in demand for those services due to COVID, or both!
“As ever, we hope our clients will forgive us for skipping the Christmas cards this year in order to donate to St Basils, and we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a more encouraging New Year!
“2020 has been a very interesting year for Microtrading. In the first 6 months, we helped many of our clients transition to remote working, and began providing them with new forms of support. Then, more recently, we became part of the Air IT group and, by way of that, we’re looking forward to supporting you in new and exciting ways in 2021.”
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.