Friendship support Birmingham’s annual ‘First Night’ campaign
Published by Kerrie Beck for Longhurst Group in Housing and also in Communities, Health
First Night Campaign
Staff have willingly adopted the role of ‘Santa's Little Helper’ at Friendship Care and Housing’s (Friendship’s) Newhall Hill office in support of Birmingham’s ‘First Night’ campaign.
Every year women and children flee their home because of domestic abuse and violence. They often have no time to pack but see this as their only chance to live in safety.
Traditionally, Christmas is a time to spend with family and friends and have a great time, but this is difficult for some people. Friendship’s staff are supporting Birmingham Community Safety Partnership’s ‘First Night’ campaign by asking people to donate items which can make families feel valued and which they can use on their first night in a refuge.
Sally Debiage, Customer Involvement Officer at Friendship said “Our Santa’s sleigh is filling up nicely with presents in reception. Staff are being really generous and we hope our contribution will help to make these women and children’s first night in a city refuge at Christmas a little easier to bear.”