Celebrating World Book Night

World Book Night 1Our homeless surgery which supports rough sleepers across Birmingham is celebrating World Book Night by giving out free books.

Based in Digbeth the surgery supports an average of 25-30 people a month. The free books will be handed out at the next surgery to mark the national event which aims to get more people reading by sharing free books with people who don’t regularly read or own books.

Amanda Nicklin, Homeless Service Centre Manager at Midland Heart said:

“We support homeless people in Birmingham in many different ways. We are happy to encourage more people to read, and will be giving out specially printed copies of the best seller ‘Reasons to stay alive’ by Matt Haig, a moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive. The Homeless surgery gives rough sleeps a chance to get much needed support from a number of agencies in a welcoming environment.”

As well as giving out free books the surgery will offer rough sleepers an opportunity to get a hot meal, health checks, clothing, advice and support and the chance to socialise with others.

The next homeless surgery will take place on Tuesday 26 April, between 5-7pm at the Homeless Service Centre in Bradford Street, Digbeth.

Since it started in 2014 the homeless surgery, has helped over 500 rough sleepers across the city. This has been made possible thanks to the kind support from local businesses, charities and groups who have all worked together to give their time and resources to help Birmingham’s rough sleepers.

Long standing supporters of the surgery include Midland Langar Seva Society who provide free meals, a local hairdresser who provides free hair cuts and beard trims, PSCO Zoe Bishop from West Midlands Police who helps organise and run the event, Vision Care for Homeless People who provide free eye tests, the Big Issue who offer job opportunities, the Health Exchange who provide health advice, Community Dental Service, and charity Socks and Chocs who provide donations of socks, gloves, hats, personal care goods and of course chocolate!

For more information about the work Midland Heart do to support the homeless please click here.

If you spot someone sleeping rough you can connect them with local support by using StreetLink or by calling the Rough sleepers Outreach Team on 0345 6020533 or 07483 981 912.