Birmingham residents with mental health needs and learning disabilities have been helping the city’s homeless population by preparing over 100 sandwiches.
Sanctuary Supported Living (SSL) residents from supported housing properties across the city made dozens upon dozens of sandwiches filled with chicken, ham or cheese and shared them among the patrons of Birmingham Support Group, a local homeless project.
With help from a couple of support workers, residents David Harewood, Richard Butler, Richard Longstaff and Andrew Parker prepared the sizable spread in just two hours, with staff then packing and labelling the haul.
Together, the group travelled to Birmingham Support Group and spent time chatting with the people who would be benefiting from their efforts.
SSL senior specialist project worker Mohibul Alom added: “Homelessness is such a big issue these days; our residents see lots of homeless people on the street and wanted to do something to help them.
“I have been working with the group for a few weeks to arrange this and had taken residents there in the past to help distribute food. This time, they wanted to do more so we decided on making something we could hand out on the day.”
Georgia Mahon, of Birmingham Support Group, said: “The residents have got stuck in straight away each time they have come to support us and always with big smiles on their faces.
“We can't thank them enough, as on the weeks they have brought sandwiches they have allowed us to reach out to more people with food when we have been running low.”
Sanctuary Supported Living residents play a key role in the development of their service, helping to shape events and activities.