Published on 13/12/17

Support SIFA Fireside to Help Birmingham’s Homeless Adults

Colmore BID have been supporting SIFA Fireside since November 2015 and so far has raised £21,000.00 which goes towards a variety of items and services to help homeless adults, or those in danger of becoming homeless.

This year, Sifa Fireside celebrate their tenth anniversary. The charity was formed in 2007 through the merger of well established Birmingham charities: SIFA (Supporting Independence from Alcohol) set up in 1982, and the Fireside Charity set up in 1983. Collectively they have been delivering services for over 30 years.

Today, SIFA Fireside works seven days a week with some of the most vulnerable adults in society. Many of the people they work with – their clients – have complex mental and physical health problems, some have addictions, and all are socially excluded. Sifa Fireside run a daily Drop-In service where they provide on average 3,404 meals, over 100 people given clothes and 429 showers each month for their clients.

The Drop-In sessions are the frontline service of SIFA Fireside’s operations, acting as a gateway for clients to access  other longer-term support services such as services such as crisis support, welfare rights advice, money and debt advice, housing advice, tenancy support, health and wellbeing clinics, employment and training, and help reducing offending.

All services are free and confidential and whilst the charity does receive some funding from a range of sources including Birmingham City Council, Big Lottery, charitable trusts, corporate sponsors and individual donations, The charity does have a shopping list, which is where you can help to make a difference. This is the ‘if money was no object list’.  If you can help in any way, please contact Melissa Roche on 0121 766 1700 or email

  • Cash Donations –  the fundraising target for 2018 is £200,000.00
  • Capital funding to buy their own building. They currently rent but with the regeneration in the city and HS2 plans, they will be at risk of having to source alternative premises
  •  £10,000 to part fund the post of volunteer coordinator at SIFA Fireside or indeed any salaried costs to keep our valued existing staff here.
  •  A minibus which could be used to take clients on days out and to collect donations.
  • Marketing material to include banners / Bulk order of SIFA Fireside’s t-shirts which can be given to fundraisers undertaking challenges.
  • Walkie Talkies need replacing for drop in staff.
  • Storage shed within car park or a container to store food items.
  • Car park to be lined out so that we best use the space that we have.
  • Refit for activity room
  • Partition wall for the conference room.
  • Freestanding freezers
  • Easy access to IT suite
  • Bus passes to be given to clients who require transports to appointments.
  • Security outdoor lighting
  • Updating signage of building but also signage to direct people to the building from Birmingham city centre.
  • Having a celebrity to endorse what we do. Someone with a local connection and a keen interest in homelessness.
  • Sponsorship of a large fundraising event.
  • Flooring to be replaced.
  • More space is required to store donations received.
  • An all staff away day – There has been many changes to the charity in recent times and it would be nice to have a team building / away day for our staff.
  • Outdoor artificial grass for memorial space at the back of the building
  • Drain to be fixed at client walkway.
  • Promotional film of what we do and a client’s journey in terms of accessing the services available within the drop in.
  • Sponsorship to publish a biography of the work of Sister Sabina. One of the main founders of Fireside, BME Sister Sabina is 90 years young and started the charity with nothing but a cup of tea and a biscuit. She is still very much involved within SIFA Fireside and has many stories to tell. It would be a legacy to all the work she has done for the homeless and this could be a project whereby her story could be published and sold (she gives permission), with proceeds going back into the charity as well as raising SIFA Fireside’s profile.
  • TV Campaigns