From hot meals and food parcels, showers and clean clothes, to conversation and an internet connection, our Drop-in Centre enables clients’ basic needs to be met, all of the time. Our services don’t stop after meal times though; we can provide a ‘Care Of’ postal address, safe document storage and access to a range of health services including a nurse, optician, chiropractor, podiatrist and mental health support.
SIFA Fireside is also part of a consortium set up to focus on women’s rough sleeping, with the emphasis on creating a pathway model for prevention, crisis and resettlement. We engage in outreach and specific services which enable vulnerable women to see SIFA Fireside as a safe space in which to rebuild their lives with dignity.
“ ‘Jim’ suffers from claustrophobia and anxiety which left him unable to settle in a hostel or supported accommodation, contributing to 15 -20 years of rough sleeping.
With reduced numbers in the Drop-In due to government restrictions, SIFA was able to provide a more personalised approach to his support. This included an alternative housing pathway and developing rapport with Jim, which lead to SIFA’s discovery of his love of music. Jim settled into a city centre hotel shortly after with a digital radio assisting his transition.
This level of trust in SIFA also enabled Jim to be able to engage with our on-site DWP Outreach Worker in order to set up his Universal Credit and receive benefits for the first time in 17 years. Jim is now receiving support from BSMHFT (Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust) for his anxiety and claustrophobia and focusing on addiction recovery.”