“Outside of London, Birmingham has the highest rate of homelessness in the UK – can you help?”
Operation Drawstring initially began as a social action project which aimed to spread some cheer to those on the streets of Birmingham this Christmas. However this has now advanced into a year round operation. Providing support, essentials and advice throughout the seasons. The campaign is very simple, it involves members of the public putting together a drawstring bag (waterproof, durable, and easily portable) of essentials and some luxuries for a member of the homeless community.
A small team of volunteers then carry out a daily/nightly street walk to hand out the bags with any spare bags are distributed to hostels/shelters after each walkround. If people wish to donate items or money then these are stored and we run a packing session to put together extra bags from donations.
We managed to collect, pack and distribute over 500 bags last year and aim to double that in 2017. If you are interested in being involved please use the contact form below to state your interest.