If you step through the doors of our Upper Gough Street HQ, you’ll immediately notice the team spirit, camaraderie and willingness to help each other which makes working at Vanti special.
Going the extra yard, sharing ideas and working together is what truly enables us to provide the best service for our clients.
But we also understand that as a business we have a responsibility to do more than provide quality work and advice for our clients. We also have a duty to support our communities and ensure we have a positive impact on those less fortunate than ourselves.
It’s why for the past few months, we have been working alongside Birmingham charity SIFA Fireside at its Digbeth headquarters to support them in their mission to eradicate homelessness in Birmingham.
Members of Team Vanti have been giving up their mornings one day a week to support the charity by helping to welcome clients to the building, providing meals at breakfast and lunch, helping to sort through and organise food and clothes donations and helping clean and tidy in the kitchen and eating space.
As a Birmingham business we have seen first-hand the rise of homelessness on the streets of the city centre. In 2019 Shelter estimated that around 280,000 people were homeless in England, meaning one in every 200 people were without a home. Worryingly this number is anticipated to have grown since due to the onset of Covid-19.
SIFA Fireside aims to create a city free from homelessness, where everyone has access to services they need to live well. It does this by supporting vulnerable adults via its Adult Support Hub which offers money and welfare benefits advice, specialist housing advice, access to health and wellbeing services and pathways to employment and training.
It also helps homeless people or those going through a crisis with immediate needs by providing a warm welcome, a hot meal, showers, clothing, laundry and referral to emergency accommodation advice, health clinics and other specialist support.
Long term goals and aspirations are also supported by the charity by providing advice and training to develop self-esteem, confidence and mental health and life skills such as cookery classes.
For those who have taken part it has been a fantastic and humbling experience, and we’re looking forward to continuing to support the charity going forward.