HelpinBrum launches to support our residents through the winter

In his latest blog the Leader of Birmingham City Council, Councillor Ian Ward, reflects on the launch of HelpinBrum...

People across Birmingham are struggling with the Cost of Living crisis, they are worried about the cost of heating their homes, buying food, clothes and other essentials. That is why Birmingham City Council has pledged an extra £5 million to help.

Our new campaign, HelpinBrum, will see the Council working with partners across the city to offer support and assistance to the people of Birmingham. We will make it easier to give people in-person and online support, and we’ll also highlight the brilliant work of our community and partner organisations who are going above and beyond to help residents in our city.

Birmingham has a long and proud history of pulling together and supporting people, as we saw during the pandemic as organisations, communities, charities and businesses rallying around to help and support their neighbours in times of need. That’s the Birmingham way. It’s part of what makes us special.

Through HelpinBrum we will offer support and advice to families and households who are struggling in the months ahead. If you are in need of advice then our dedicated Cost of Living Support website contains information that will signpost you to partner organisations across the city who can help.

As well as signposting people to help and support, the £5 million fund will be used to:

  • Increasing the supply of food through foodbanks across the city
  • Ensuring the provision of a network of warm spaces across the city, starting with libraries
  • Supporting council staff
  • Increasing energy efficiency, with a focus on reducing costs.

You can find out more about HelpinBrum by visiting our dedicated pages.

This blog was posted on 13 October 2022

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