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St Martin’s Helpdesk open for fewer hours

April 16th 2011

The Helpdesk at St Martin's in the Bullring in Birmingham is an open-door drop-in that offers a range of support to vulnerable people. It helps individuals who are homeless to find accommodation, sorts out benefits problems, and links people into drug, alcohol and mental health services. St Martin’s pride themselves on being a friendly and flexible service, and offer clients close, individual support.

The charity recently announced that due to loss of funding, particularly from Birmingham City Council, they had been forced to reduce staff numbers. As a result, they will reduce their opening hours by eight hours a week from 14 March 2011.

Helpdesk Co-ordinator Dr Graham Stubbs said: “Like many other organisations, we have been finding the funding situation increasingly difficult. After much soul-searching, we decided that we had no option but to reduce our opening hours. This was a really hard decision to make. We realise that vulnerable people will not always be able to access support that they desperately need. This is made worse by the fact that other services in the city are also being cut at a time when demand for them is likely to rise... The government has decided that it wants to promote the ‘Big Society’ as a way of providing local services for people in need. They have indicated that they would like local charities and volunteer groups to be involved in providing these services. At the same time funding is being withdrawn.”

He added: “Voluntary organisations can do remarkable things with limited resources, but there is a limit. We all have to pay for rent, phones and a basic level of professional management. If the Big Society is to work, the government needs to understand this and make sure the necessary resources are available.”


April 2011



Stand still and be counted!

Controversial strategy continues in City of London

Thugs jailed for attack on asylum seeker

Secret camp discovered in Villa grounds

Another violent assault

Bradford body finally discovered

The Big Issue goes app

Rough sleeper’s story takes to the stage

More hostel beds lost

Guerrilla campaign sees skeleton sleeping rough

End to restrictions on Eastern European nationals

Rough sleeper badly burned

Reading man charged over rough sleeper‚Äö?Ñ?¥s death

Enlightened hospital policy

Proposed soup kitchen ban makes way for £2.8m Westminster development

IWIC loses funding

Birmingham rough sleepers share in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Home-made for the home-less

Cannock project supports homeless with free toiletries

St Martin’s Helpdesk open for fewer hours

Skills for Life

I don‚Äö?Ñ?¥t know what I‚Äö?Ñ?¥d do without this place

Report reveals upward trend in homelessness

Befrienders help turn houses into homes

Scottish chef gets a taste of success

Politicians put under pressure to hear homeless voices

Glasgow homeless hit for council tax payments

Street Shield: The byelaw

Westminster - two sides of the argument


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