Veolia creating greener, better futures for communities in Birmingham

Were raising £3,000 to help tackle loneliness and prevent older people being isolated in inner city Birmingham.
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Back in 2019 we launched Fancy a Brew? - a new scheme to help reduce loneliness amongst people living in tower blocks in south-central Birmingham. Lots of the people in the flats are older and alone, and as resident Patricia Powell, 83, explains: Sometimes when you live in tower blocks it is easy to feel socially isolated as you often walk upstairs to your own flat and dont see anyone.

We put on events ranging from small coffee mornings and film trips to a large street food festival, creating a cafe within one of the blocks. It was a hit, especially with single older men, many of whom knew hardly any of their neighbours. People had a brew, met each other and real supportive friendships were forged. Then the pandemic hit and residents of the blocks were left more isolated than ever before, and shut in without easy access to gardens.

We desperately need to get this project back on track as we know that many people have really struggled. We need to help the residents get the cafe back up and running and also start working with three more neighbouring tower blocks. Weve been offered a piece of land next to one of the blocks which we want to turn into a community garden and outdoor cafe space - so we have a place for residents to use even if Covid restrictions are in place for some time to come.

£3,000 will help us turn that garden idea into a reality - and help turn these towers of individual isolated flats into a real community.

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We work to transform lives in the UK’s most disadvantaged communities. We help people gain confidence and skills, get into training and work, protect and improve green spaces, lead more active lives and overcome significant challenges such as poverty, isolation, low skills and poor health.

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