Some of Birmingham’s finest restaurants have signed up to the StreetSmart campaign to help support homelessness charities.
Long-standing supporters Birmingham Hippodrome’s Stage Side and Circle restaurants and Michelin-starred Simpsons have been joined this year by the city's newest Michelin-starred restaurant Adam’s on Bennett's Hill as well as Carters of Moseley and continuing to support the scheme in his new restaurant is Andy Waters of Waters on the Square in Edgbaston.
One of the charities to benefit is Birmingham-based St Basils, which works with homeless 16-25 year olds in the city.
Now in its 15th year the nationwide StreetSmart scheme was founded with the aim of providing an easy way members of the public can help local homeless in the run up to Christmas; a time of year when a lot of people both visit restaurants to enjoy food with family, friends and colleagues, and also tend think about those less fortunate who may not have this option.
Across the UK last year StreetSmart raised £805,000 to support projects that help homeless people.
Restaurants signed up to the StreetSmart scheme add a £1 optional donation to their customers’ bills during November and December and in this way help to raise awareness as well as much needed funds for charities supporting homeless people in the local area, ensuring that Birmingham restaurants and their customers help Birmingham and the West Midlands homeless get back on their feet.
Deutsche Bank’s sponsorship of the scheme continues for a seventh year. Their financial backing means that every penny raised will be spent on homeless people to help rebuild their lives rather than administrative, operational or any other costs.
St Basils has 23 supported accommodation projects across Birmingham providing emergency and specialist accommodation to young people. The money raised from StreetSmart this year will be used to further their work with young residents to help them access further education and training.
Andy Waters said: “We are proud to have taken part in the StreetSmart initiative in the past and look forward to introducing it at Waters on the Square this Christmas. Not only is it simple for restaurants to get on board, it offers a really easy way for diners to support the local community and help those less fortunate during the festive season."
Brad Carter of Carters of Moseley added: "StreetSmart is such a worthwhile charity, we are looking forward to contributing towards helping the homeless people in Birmingham that are less fortunate than ourselves, especially at this time of year."
Any restaurants wishing to sign up should visit: www.stbasils.org.uk/streetsmart