Rethink Group support Sifa Fireside. The team at Sifa do a fantastic job of changing the lives of people who are experiencing homelessness or are vulnerable-housed.
To date, our employees have given their time to help support the staff by serving food to the users of the day centre, providing general assistance in the kitchen and helping to relieve the pressure on the charity's wonderful volunteers - completely selfless people who continually give their time, sometimes for up to 5 days a week!
Some of our people spoke of their time helping our at the centre:
"The few hours I spent at Fireside on a Friday morning can only be described as an eye opener. To see so many people who really needed the support that Fireside offer really was staggering and I was just pleased that I could be a part of the support team, if only for a few hours.
"The operation they have is the only one like it in Birmingham and they offer a range of services that go beyond simply serving breakfast/lunch/dinner. Putting a smile on people's faces who have clearly been through a lot, just by serving them a warm breakfast, really was worth all the hard work and effort we have put into this project so far!" Ian Holmes
“Before I arrived at Sifa, I was a little apprehensive. You can conjure up all sorts of images and thoughts in your mind about the homeless so I arrived with mixed feelings. Initially, I didn’t think our time there would make a difference and thankfully I was wrong. Both the staff and clients at Sifa were very grateful of our involvement, even though it was only for a couple of hours in the morning.
“Unless you’ve seen it, you will, like me, completely under estimate the time and resources required to feed, clothe and provide a safe environment for a vulnerable group of people. No one story of how people find themselves at Sifa is the same, yet all of them benefit from the staff and volunteers who provide for them. You can see the satisfaction they get from their meals and how the environment encourages interaction and builds relationships.
“There is a sense of safety in there which no doubt gives them a valuable respite from the challenges they experience daily, especially those who live on the streets of a busy city. By being there, it allowed the staff to pay particular attention to those who suffer from mental health issues and require every bit of support available. It also gave them the chance to complete other critical tasks required to run such a centre on an ongoing basis. It was an eye opening experience and one that I was pleased to be involved in. I look forward to providing further assistance to them in the future.” Simon Johnson