Food bank grant helping Hockley’s elderly and vulnerable

Persimmon Homes donate to day centre.

A Birmingham day centre has received £1,000 from a regional housebuilder to fund a food bank that supplies emergency support to elderly and vulnerable adults in the community.

Birmingham Care Group, based in Hockley, was awarded the donation by Persimmon Homes Central through its Community Champions scheme. Each month the housebuilder donates up to £1,000 each to two groups or individuals.

Fiona Ramdeen, from the Group, said: “Our day centre had to close due to COVID-19. We support elderly and vulnerable adults with our community who are now in isolation and unable to do their own shopping, collect medicines and need support with the health and wellbeing. We have set up a Food Bank to supply emergency support to the community.

“We acknowledge many of our elderly citizens with disabilities are unable to cook a meal for themselves and we have been able to provide a hot meal 3 days per week. As funds are limited, we would like to provide a hot meal at least 5 days per week. Thanks to Persimmon Homes, we will be able to do that.”

The Group works with social workers, Church Ministers and local non-profit organisations.

Sarah Preston, Sales Director Designate for Persimmon Homes Central, said: “Since the outbrak of Covid-19, Community Champions – which has run since 2015 – has been targeted to help the over-70s and we are delighted to support Birmingham Care Group.”

Find out more information Community Champions, or nominate a charity or organisation, here.