16 December 2019

YMCA Birmingham is inviting the local community to a community Christmas meal to be held at The Chris Bryant Centre in Erdington, B23 6DF on Wednesday 18th December thanks to support from the Asda Foundation.

The youth charity, which provides supported accommodation, training and affordable nurseries across Birmingham is asking local people to join them to celebrate Christmas and to combat loneliness during this festive period.

YMCA Birmingham has been operating in Birmingham since 1849. Last year the charity provided a place to call home for 450 young people and supported many local people with training and volunteering opportunities.

The meal will run from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and is free of charge to attend. Food has been purchased using a grant awarded from the Asda Foundation and will be prepared by the team at Eden coffee shop, one of YMCA Birmingham’s social enterprises offering local people employment and volunteering opportunities.

In addition, Asda has donated a new freezer and filled it with food to continue to support YMCA Birmingham’s social enterprises and will enable them to store more food donated by other organisations, such as Fareshare, to give to residents.

YMCA Birmingham’s community lead Emma Rhymes said: “YMCA Birmingham is proud to be an important part of the local community. The festive period, can be a lonely time for many and we want to bring local people together from all backgrounds. Everybody is welcome, the food is free and so are the friendly smiles and music!”

Denise Alder, Community Life Champion from the Asda Minworth said: “It has been a pleasure to visit YMCA Birmingham and see for myself the amazing work, with such community focus, that the charity does. Emma’s passion to share the Christmas Spirit and bring people together through food, is one we really support.”