We opened on Saturday mornings for a 6 months trial commencing November 17th 2012.
The main objective is to provide support through people who have specialist knowledge and skills on subjects such as money matters, information on cooking for one or cooking on a budget, health issues, advice on writing a CV or how to present yourself at an interview to maximise the chance of getting a job, your legal rights and even how to groom your pet dog!
These mini “workshops” will be rather like an open session where you can join or leave at any time, ask questions and generally learn more about the subject – and you don’t have to make an appointment – just “drop in”! They will run for one hour from 11 am until midday.
Whilst these “workshops” will be operational there will also be staff available in the Drop In centre as well, who will be available in the normal way from 10 am until 12.30.
PLEASE NOTE: Whilst we try and resolve the problems with the damp in the Basement we will endeavour to keep the drop in open most Saturday mornings but will not necessarily have a workshop each week. We are hopeful that we will be back to “normal” mid/late April. The drop in will NOT be open on Saturday March 30th due to it being Easter Saturday.
Further dates to be advised.
We continue to be grateful to all our supporters!
Support from visitors to The Plaza Cafe in Bromsgrove
Basement Support worker Nina’s friend Dee, who runs The Plaza Cafe in Bromsgrove, agreed to have a collecting tub on the counter during December for customers to drop their loose change into – and that rasied us a furthe £30. Click here for a picture.
Bromsgrove & Redditch NHS Retirement Fellowship donate £104
Members of the Bromsgrove & Redditch NHS Retirement Fellowship have supported the Basement by raising £104 through their Christmas Card donations which they then topped with a collection. Click here to see a picture of Sheila Brooks, the Fellowship Chairman handing the cheque to the Basements Lance Crabb.
Bromsgrove Community Choir and Brook Court support the Basement
Members of the Bromsgrove Community Choir presented a short programme of music and Christmas carols to residents of Brook Court in Bromsgrove on December 20th. The residents took up a voluntary collection for the benefit of the Basement and a grand total of £101 was handed over to support the work of the charity.
The Bromsgrove Community Choir meets every Thursday at 6 pm for one hour in Room 6 of the Bromsgrove Methodist Centre and newcomers are welcome especially those with no previous experience of singing in a choir but who have enthusiasm!
Children from Perryfields Day Nursery recently visited the Basement to donate food parcels and whilst they were there heard the stories about Hamish the homeless Highland Cow.
If any school or young people’s group would like a visit from the Basement to hear about Hamish (a story to teach young children about homelessness) please contact us.
Custom colour tattoo studio in Catshill is holding a special Pirates Day on Saturday September 15th 2012 with a range of designs donated from artists around the UK.
The day is to help raise money for the Basement and there will be a raffle with some amazing prizes on the day.
See also: www.customcolourtattoo.com
The Big Lottery Fund “Awards for All” scheme has provided a grant to the Basement Project to further develop volunteer activities that will both benefit the volunteers themselves and the wider community.
One of the major parts of this project is an allotment that the young people will run themselves with the assistance of a project worker.
This will both teach how to plant, nurture and grow vegetables and also show the importance of healthy eating. Another important aspect involves volunteers working in schools explaining about homelessness and how to avoid the dangers of it, in a scheme called “Hamish” named after a homeless Highland Cow!
When Donnah Morgan celebrated a special birthday just before Christmas she decided to give a surprise rather than receive one. Donnah, who runs DM Training, an organisation aimed at enabling individuals to reach their full potential, and who is a Network Leader of WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise) asked guests at her birthday party to bring gifts for a raffle rather than for her or alternatively make a donation to a local charity.
And the charity she decided to support, as she had in the past, was the Bromsgrove Basement, a charity that supports homeless and vulnerable young people between 16 and 25 in the town and the surrounding areas.
So all of the guests at her party, many of whom run local businesses, provided a selection of items that enabled her family a friends the chance to win some excellent prizes – and the net result was a total of £300 that was raised on the night.
Donnah was able to present the cheque to basement staff at a recent open day.