Since our foundation in 1899, Birmingham Settlement has worked in some of the most deprived areas in Birmingham, supporting people facing social and economic exclusion. We began primarily as a support for women and children but have grown, and now support everyone in the community through our various activities. Today our services include money advice, support for children and families, older people’s services and community development. Underpinning all our work is the belief that everyone should be given the opportunity to take control of their own lives and develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to sustain a positive, stable lifestyle.
We receive ongoing support from a number of charitable trusts and foundations including the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association. These donations are invaluable to us as they not only ensure the continuation of the organisation, but also enable us to grow and develop in line with the needs and aspirations of local people. As an organisation it’s important to us to ensure that we genuinely respond to the wishes of local people rather than to impose on them a service which may not truly reflect the issues they face. Consequently we have been able to develop a number of user forums where people come together to tell us what they want to see happen. Donations from our ongoing supporters enable us to take forward the ideas of our services users and bring them to fruition to offer a holistic service responding to the needs of each individual we see.
During the past few years, donations from the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association have enabled us to host various activities for our service users. This has included arts workshops and play therapy for children, a trip to London for Ageing Well Service users, and an educational trip to Leicester Space Centre for disadvantaged young people. We have been receiving continued support from the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association since 2007 and ultimately without the support from organisations like this there would be little certainty for our future. Their assistance has supported our sustainability and enabled us to continue helping some of the most disadvantaged people in Birmingham.