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Published: Wednesday, 14th March 2018

Students and teachers from ark

On Thursday 8th March Cityserve Head Office and participating Schools took part in St Basils Soup Week to raise awareness and vital funds to help prevent youth homelessness.

Thursday the 8th March saw CityKitchen filled with activity. CityKitchen was joined by five students from The Hive College, who spent the morning preparing a variety of fresh breads, vegetable soup and a tomato and basil soup.

At 12.30pm the students from The Hive served up their creations for Cityserve’s Head Office staff and St Basils’ Anne Morton, collecting over £100 in donations.

The following Schools also took part in Soup Week

  • Ark Kings and Ark Rose
  • Calshot Primary School
  • Hawthorn Primary School
  • Yew Tree Community School

About The Hive:

The Hive College is a specialist provision for students aged between 19 and 25 years who have a physical or learning difficulty.  The purpose of the college is to help our students gain the skills they need to progress into paid employment. The students attend our college because they want to work and we are proving that with the correct job match and the right level of support and training, they can move into sustainable paid employment.  80% of our students progressed into employment last year and we are looking to improve on that this year.

About St Basils:

St Basils works with young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, helping over 5000 young people per year across the West Midlands region with specific services in Birmingham, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, the Wyre Forest and Coventry. Every year over 1200 young people are housed in their 29 supported accommodation schemes, which for some young people includes their young children as well. They have a range of prevention, accommodation and support services to help young people regain the stability they need to rebuild their lives, gain skills, training and employment and move on. The aim is to help them successfully break the ‘cycle of homelessness’ so that they can go on to experience a bright, fulfilling future and never return to a state where they are at risk of homelessness again.

St Basils also works with young people and partners on a national basis (funded separately). They facilitate the National Youth Reference Group and the Youth Homeless Parliament, are part of the national End Youth Homelessness Alliance and are working to roll out our ‘Positive Pathway’ model nationwide.

Cityserve head office enjoying their soup and bread    Students from ark                           The hive students preparing fresh bread