Coffee, Sugar and Sanitary Ware

CRASH Patron VolkerFitzpatrick has provided sanitary ware for SIFA Fireside, a busy homeless day centre based in Birmingham.

Following a visit from senior quality manager Paul Lane, services manager Martin Smith contacted VolkerFitzpatrick supplier Neville Tuckers, who generously agreed to provide the sanitary ware for this project.

SIFA Fireside works five days a week with some of the most vulnerable adults in our society: those experiencing homelessness or who are vulnerably-housed. Many of the people are affected by alcohol, facing mental and physical health problems or otherwise socially excluded. They run a daily drop-in service where they provide, on average, 1,031 breakfasts, 2,009 lunches and 429 showers each month for their visitors.

In addition, a number of visitors attend the onsite nurse’s clinic, received welfare righats or tenancy support advice and took part in other resettlement activities, such as employment support and adult education.

Sally Hill, new entrant development partner for VolkerFitzpatrick, visited the site on 8 March and met with the SIFA’s facilities manager Geoff (both pictured above), and the inspirational volunteer, Cameron, who cooks 5 days a week and relates directly to the men and women who used the center, as he himself had once been homeless for a couple of months.

Geoff gave Sally a tour of all the facilities currently under construction, including the new shower trays, which had recently been installed.

Completion of the washrooms are due in the next few weeks. By supplying the sanitary ware for such an amazing project, this allows the people attending the center to have a decent shower, use of the toilet and the various welfare facilities available, all which they see so little of on the streets.

After reading SIFA Fireside’s twitter request, Sally made sure that for her visit, she was armed with coffee and sugar donations from VolkerFitzpatrick’s HQ in Hoddesdon – both of which were very gratefully received.