Homeless surgery spreads some festive cheer

Christmas Homeless Surgery 2015Just before Christmas we gave homeless customers across Birmingham the chance to enjoy the festive season by hosting a Christmas homeless surgery.

The event which took place at our Homeless Service Centre in Digbeth on 22 December, provided an opportunity for homeless people to get a hot meal, health checks and receive festive gifts and food parcels.

Homeless customers who attended the event got into the festive spirit with fun and games and were entertained by the vocal delights of the choir with no name. They also had the chance to see a dental hygienist and get their eyes checked by an optometrist.

Christmas gifts, food parcels and clothes which had been kindly donated by members of the public, students, charitable organisations and Midland Heart staff, were well received on the night by very grateful customers.

Amanda Nicklin, Homeless Services Centre Manager said: ‘The Christmas homeless surgery had a fantastic welcoming atmosphere with customers accessing key services that they may not usually have access to whilst enjoying a couple of hours of fun and games.

‘It is very gratifying to put a smile on someone’s face and really helps to break down barriers with some of the customers when they see staff joining in.’

Homeless Surgeries are held the last Tuesday of every month at our Homeless Service Centre on Bradford Street in Digbeth, Birmingham.

For more information about our homeless surgeries and the work we do to support the homeless please click here.

Pictured are staff at the Homeless Service Centre ready to give out donated clothes.