Sunday, 3 July 2011

ARTS AND KRAFT AT BIRMINGHAM HOUSING SERVICES

Volunteers at Helen Dixon House
Thirty Kraft Foods employees from the UK Finance team have been helping to improve accommodation services for the homeless across Birmingham as part of a large scale volunteering challenge.

Midland Heart owned South Road House in Sparkbrook and Helen Dixon House in Moseley were given a sweet makeover as volunteers helped to decorate the interior and repair facilities at the centres.

Both South Road House and Helen Dixon House help men and women respectively by providing temporary accommodation for those over the age of 25 years who are in need of housing and support.

Heather Bristow, Community Champion and organiser of the volunteer activities, said: “I am thrilled with the amount of volunteers that have taken part in the day overall. We have a real passion for community volunteering at Kraft Foods and we have worked with Midland Heart previously so I’m pleased that we could assist them again in maintaining the high standards at their services across the region.”

The day with Midland Heart comes as part of a longstanding relationship between Cadbury and the organisation. Last year, over 150 employees from Kraft Foods and Cadbury volunteered with Midland Heart owned accommodation and support services as part of Kraft Foods’ Make a Delicious Difference Week.

Volunteers at South Road House
Judith Cross, operations manager for supported housing at Midland Heart, said: “Our aim is to enable our service users to gain, maintain and sustain independent living skills that will help them move on in a positive way into more permanent and independent accommodation. Through the volunteering efforts from the team at Kraft Foods, we can continue to dedicate our time to supporting the people who need it most.”

For more information about the Kraft Foods community programme, please visit http://www.kraftfoodseurope.com/

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