A Society created for the purpose of continuing the pursuit for the eradication of poverty and homelessness. Achieving this through food collections, donations and information campaigns designed to tackle and ease the blight of homelessness and poverty in Birmingham.
Students Against Poverty
All £3 membership fees and any donations to the Society will be donated to Birmingham Central Foodbank via Spareable. The Students Against Poverty are partnered with Birmingham Central Foodbank and will be using donations to help get essential food and items to those who need it most. Spareable is an online supermarket for donors to shop for products that are donated to their chosen foodbank, through the spareable app we can shop for products that are on a foodbank's wishlist and when needed the foodbank will arrange for those items to be delivered to them and used to help those who are struggling with poverty or are homeless.
We hope to setup a collection bin in the near future for students and staff to be able to donate food and other items desired by Birmingham Central Foodank to be delivered to them as required. We will keep you posted for updates on this. In the meantime, we would really appreciate it if you could join our society or donate to us, so we can use the donations for a worthy cause. We will keep everyone in the loop of how much donation we have received and at the end of the year hope to have a big figure that we can all be proud of as a University and as a community.
With thousands of people homeless and struggling with poverty, it is essential that we contribute as much as we can, even if that is very little, as collectively it can add up to a larger impact that will help people.
Figures from Shelter in 2019 reveal 280,000 people are recorded as homeless in England, an increase of 23,000 since 2016 when the charity first published its landmark annual report.
Shelter’s extensive analysis of official rough sleeping and temporary accommodation figures, along with social services records, shows that one in every 200 people are without a home. For the first time, its review of government data has also exposed that close to 220,000 people in England were threatened with homelessness in the last year.
The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) found that there were 4.2 million children living in poverty in the UK in 2018-19. That's 30 per cent of children, or nine in a classroom of 30.
In times as trying as ours it is the duty of man to use his powers for the benefit of his neighbour, namely; kindness, compassion, empathy, courage and love. There are a minority who perceive the execution of these powers as a costly affair, one that leaves them being less, they demand change without personal cost, with cynicism being their escape. Yet there exists a majority who embody these powers day to day, desiring mass change but without the support to achieve real impact . The singularity that unites both sides, is the hope for a better future, one where the problems of our today become the lessons of our tomorrow. An enemy of cynicism is hope and an enemy of hope can be overcome.
For there is no greater power than the ability to spark the flame of hope in one another. Some flames burn brighter, some climb higher, but all must be incapable of extinguishment. Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. For the hope of man, is the dream of destiny. That undying hope, that boldens our collective flame, will unite our cause and all who serve it. Will you join us in this great endeavour? Will you be an advocate of peace and prosperity that serves as an example to burn the fire of courage in another not yet brave enough to wield its power? The flame of hope, once lit, will not quake in fear of any difficulty, of any hardship, of any foe, of any opposition, in the pursuit of what is right; justice, liberty and progress.
We choose to help tackle poverty and homelessness, on this hour, on this day, in this decade, because the problems of the world have now progressed to a state of hardship where we cannot rely on the minor struggle for progress from the few in exchange for the major struggle for conformity from the many. If a free society cannot protect the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
If you believe in hope, if you believe in our power to change the world in the direction of our own destiny, then join our fight, help us to end poverty and homelessness.