Published on 20/11/18

Launch of New Employment Programme for Homeless People in Birmingham

SIFA Fireside and Urban Emporiums are launching an employment programme to support people in Birmingham who are homeless or vulnerably housed into stable work. ‘Work It Out’ will be launched on the 19th November at Urban Emporiums, Jewellery Quarter with West Midlands Combined Authority Mayor, Andy Street in attendance.

Work it Out is an innovative employment programme designed to successfully support those who are homeless or vulnerably housed back into work. The programme provides small and medium sized independent businesses the opportunity to invest in a paid work placement for some of the city’s most marginalised adults. The programme is a great opportunity to link the charity and commercial sectors; building strong and sustainable community links in Birmingham

The employment model has been co-designed and tested by SIFA Fireside homeless charity & Urban Emporiums, with input from SIFA Fireside clients. The model has been tested on a small scale and is now ready to be launched out to independent Birmingham businesses. SIFA Fireside will be supporting both clients and businesses through the programme to ensure the smoothest transition for both employer and employee.


The programme has success stories already, with two SIFA Fireside clients transitioning into employment with the help of Urban Emporiums and the Work It Out model.  Both clients who were previously homeless and unemployed have been working with Urban for more than twelve months.

Carly Jones, SIFA Fireside CEO says:

‘To go from homelessness & unemployment into permanent work can be a big step; if we do not invest with intensive support, then there is a high chance that the employment will fail.’

‘Our programme has been proven to successfully support homeless individuals back into stable work and accommodation.’