Back in July SIFA Fireside suffered its fourth flood of 2013. The charity runs a daily ‘drop in’ service aimed at rough sleepers and people living in squats. It provides immediate practical help such as food, showers and laundry facilities as well as advice on accommodation, benefits and debt.
When the flood happened, it completely damaged the flooring and brought SIFA Fireside to a standstill. The charity announced the news on Twitter and Facebook where it was instantly shared by other local organisations before making its way into the media and onto Midlands Today.
An Amtico manager was listening to BBC West Midlands when he heard SIFA Fireside’s appeal for help. This inspired him to raise the story at work the next day and speak to staff to see how they could help. Amtico supplied over 100m2 of Spacia Featured Oak free of charge so the charity could get back on its feet and continue helping the local community.
Operations Manager at SIFA Fireside, Carole Fox, said: “Since the new flooring has been fitted, the chairty has been going from strength to strength. We would like to thank Amtico, without whom, our clients would still be without a welcoming drop-in building. Having a concrete and dusty floor did not lead to a feeling of being cared for and respected, but now our centre looks smart and homely and somewhere people can come to feel safe.”
SIFA Fireside was formed in 2007 and tackles homelessness, alcohol misuse and social exclusion. Find out more on their website.