Angela Sheridan-Hunt, the person behind Birmingham’s Homeless Community Outreach Project Sunday Breakfast Club, aims to provide a breakfast for the homeless around the city centre.

The club was created to provide both a hot, valuable meal and a listening ear to anyone who is sleeping rough on the streets of Birmingham on a Sunday morning.

Angela aims to give a healthy, filling breakfast consisting of coffee, tea, milk, eggs, sandwiches porridge or fruit.

Offering these with a smile is such a simple thing but can make a world of difference to someone who feels largely ignored by mainstream society. As well as this, the club also distributes other donations, like clothes, blankets and toiletries.

The Breakfast Club is not a charity, but the brainchild of one woman who aims to make a difference and remove the stigma attached to being homeless. Angela herself did a sleep out for 5 nights in February and raised over £2000.

Our Good Vibrations presenter, Donna Joseph, volunteered one Sunday morning, meeting Angela at The Mailbox in the city centre. Donna described the experience as hard-hitting and emotional, and one she will never forget.

The Breakfast Club not only needs support in terms of donations, it also needs more volunteers like Angela to make a difference. Anyone is encouraged to contact Angela (via Facebook) if they have a few hours spare on a Sunday morning, or if they have anything they would like to donate to help her cause.

Please find more information on the Facebook group Sunday Breakfast Club (SBC). If you would like to hear more about this please listen to Angela’s interview with Donna, available on our Mixcloud on the BHBN website.

Healthwatch Birmingham is an independent watchdog for NHS health and social care in Birmingham. They are here to listen to patients and the public, gathering your experiences of local health and social care services. You can share your good, or not so good, experiences of your local doctors, hospital, dentist, optician, pharmacy, care, nursing or residential home or care you receive in the community.

By telling us your story we can work together with health and social care services to make improvements for patients across Birmingham. We are independent of the NHS but can hold them to account for their actions to make services better. You can tell us about waiting times, staff, appointments, access to services, transport, medication management, whether your treatment was explained to you or whether you felt involved in your care.

Healthwatch Birmingham exists to ensure your views are known by those who deliver, regulate or purchase NHS health or social care services. We use your feedback to shape our actions and investigations and help us understand the quality of care you receive.

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I shared feedback about the care I received at my local hospital. I felt comfortable reviewing the service through Healthwatch Birmingham as they are independent and I know my experiences are being used to drive improvements for me, and other patients, using services across the city. I think it’s important people do feedback to Healthwatch Birmingham – I feel represented and that my experiences matter.

Sharing your experiences is quick and easy – we provide simple feedback options so you can have a stronger say about the health and social care services you use.

Please visit our website www.healthwatchbirmingham.co.uk to rate and review specific services for free. You can even see what other people are saying about services.

You can also email us at info@healthwatchbirmingham.co.uk to provide feedback or call us confidentially on 0800 652 5278.

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Four hospital charities working together to provide ‘over and above’ for patients in the West Midlands!

Did you know that Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Heartlands Hospital, Good Hope Hospital and Solihull Hospital are part of a group of four hospital charities which supports patients, families and staff by providing those added extras which cannot be provided by the NHS?

Festive Jumper Day Friday 15 December
Flaunt your favourite festive knit and donate £1 to support patients at QEHB this Christmas! Donations can be made online at qehbchristmas.org or on the day at QEHB Charity’s Fundraising Hub.

If you are a QEHB staff member you are permitted to wear a festive badge, which will be available to purchase from the Fundraising Hub throughout December. For more information please contact charities@uhb.nhs.uk or call 0121 371 4852 for more information.

Some examples of what we’ve funded include:

At Queen Elizabeth Fisher House, a ‘home away from home’ for military patients and their loved ones meaning that when military patients are being treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, their families can stay within walking distance of the hospital.

At Solihull Hospital the Charity is funding the refurbishment of the Children’s Outpatients Department, bringing new toys and bright decorations to make hospital appointments easier for both children and parents. Breast Friends Solihull have made an extremely generous donation of £24,000 which has been used to purchase cutting-edge equipment in the field of breast cancer for the use of patients in the local community and beyond.

At Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham you may have spotted our Fundraising Hub, this is a one-stop for all your Charity needs, you can buy a colourful QEHB hoodie or t-shirt, find out more about some of the exciting events we do such as skydives and marathons, or just have a chat with a member of charity staff about how the Charity supports patients!

Although it may seem a little early to be talking about Christmas, here at the hospital charity we would like to invite you to our annual Charity Christmas Service which returns this year and will feature performances by local school choirs, as well as the Band of the West Midlands Fire Service. Proceeds from the concert will go towards providing support to thousands of patients over the festive period.

At Heartlands Hospital, the Charity purchased some infection control approved fans for Critical Care Unit to make the environment more comfortable for patients and staff alike.

If you would like to fundraise for the hospital charity then do please get in touch, we will support you with fundraising materials and ideas, how about a bake sale in the office, a sponsored cycle or run, or even a skydive?

If you would like more information about the hospital charity please contact charities@uhb.nhs.uk or call on 0121 371 4852.

Queen Elizabeth Charities 5k Memory Sponsored Walk 21st May 2017