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Showing their true colours

During February 2016 our colleagues at Capita volunteered their time to help paint the Birmingham City Mission’s homeless shelter in Birmingham. Jessup arranged for paint to be generously donated by sub-contractor R&D Contracts, and Jessup provided the equivalent financial donation to the Mission. Well done to all involved. Capita’s story is below:

Showing Their True Colours

Volunteers from Capita have joined forces to help paint a Homeless Centre in preparation for its opening

Last week a group of 20 volunteers from the various teams across the Birmingham office volunteered 3 working days to paint the Birmingham City Missions Homeless Centre on Washington Street in preparation for its opening on the 14th March 2016.

Participants including the Birmingham’s LandPlanning, Healthcare, IT, and Management North teams: Care Reynard, Ed Byron, Andrew McPherson, Elaine Neal, Steve Kennedy, Chris Colson, Malcom Shaw, Claire Gallagher, David Bellis, Julian Woolley, Rishi Parekh, Dawn Chambers Peter Dunlop, Amandeep Dhillon, David Mobberley, Anna Fawcett, Chris Turner, Alex Morrell, Mark Rigby, Joe White and organised by Kate Slegg-Newton.

The Homeless Centre Will serve as a drop-in centre for the vulnerable and homeless providing soup and sandwiches in the evening with the eventual aim to serve hot dinners. During the day the Centre aims to run workshops on life skills, reading, writing, cooking, needlework and help work on people’s hobbies and interests.
The aim is that eventually the people that get helped by the centre could help the local community tidy up their gardens, do odd jobs or tidy up the streets. Jon Tiley who runs the Birmingham City Mission has seen a rise recently in the numbers sleeping rough with around 20 in Autumn to 30-40 over the Christmas period.

This is part of a bigger team building event across the whole of Capita, as part of the People Agenda and Capita’s Volunteering Allowance which included a group of Capita volunteers helping out a local Birmingham food bank just before Christmas to sort donations ready to be given out to the struggling local families.

To enable the works to take place local contractors Jessup Brothers Ltd facilitated the supply of the paint and also made a generous financial donation. D&R Contract Services supplied paint and additional paint for future work and Marshalls Mono Ltd who kindly supplied all the brushes and rollers to get the job done.

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