As we move into November (with winter well and truly upon us this week), it seems like an ideal time to produce an update on the projects The Future Melting Pot have been working on over the past couple of months, and to look forward to what we can hope to announce in the lead-up to the New Year.
Our work around Youth Homelessness continues, as our team has begun engaging with young people and key workers in the homelessness sector. Through our partners, which include charities – such as Excell3 and St Basils – and statutory organisations such as the Birmingham SEMH Pathfinder, we can access the key testimonies of those who have experienced youth homelessness and the efforts to prevent it.
We have already visited the King Solomon School’s Parents’ Conference and the Black History Month Cultural Market, to discuss our project with those affected by these issues. Alongside the Pathfinder, we are reaching out to school pastoral leads and young people to hear their stories. We expect to speak to many more people as the research gathers pace, particularly through our work with the SEMH Pathfinder, who we are also working with on an evaluation project looking at the service they provide.
Throughout Birmingham, homelessness is a major priority, whether that is for Andy Street’s West Midlands Combined Authority and its Homelessness Task Force, or Birmingham City Council and Councillor Sharon Thompson’s work on rough sleeping. We at TFMP are committed to continuing to support this agenda as we look to work towards eradicating all types of homelessness from Birmingham for good.
We will also be continuing to support West Midlands Fire Service this Winter, both with their Winter Campaign on Road Safety and in other areas, at all times working together to achieve our shared strategic goals of making the West Midlands a safer, and healthier place for young people. More information about new projects in this area, and our wider progress, will be posted soon.
The Future Melting Pot is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.
Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.
The Future Melting Pot is one of the groups on the shortlist. Our #HaltHeartache project is a campaign, working alongside communities and their champions, that aims to reduce the number of young people killed or seriously injured on our roads. Voting is open in Tesco stores in Birmingham in November-December and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.
Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £60 million to more than 18,000 projects across Britain. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.
Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”
Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”
Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.