During the festive season, pupils at Small Heath Leadership Academy will be enlisting the help of their families and friends to support homeless and hungry people across our city. In keeping with Small Heath’s mission to make valuable contributions to our local community, we will be collecting a variety of non-perishable food items to donate to the Birmingham Homeless Outreach Charity. The Charity is staffed by a dedicated team of volunteers who work hard to ensure that people in desperate need of food, warmth and shelter are able to weather the harsh winter months.

All food donations need to be made by Wednesday 20th December, at which point pupils will work together to prepare hampers of essential items to deliver to the Charity over the Christmas period, bringing some festive cheer to those in need.

Small Heath will also be holding a Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 22nd December – the last day of term – to raise additional funds for the Charity, which will be used to purchase sleeping bags, clean clothes, hats, gloves and bring relief to those who are homeless. Pupils will each contribute £1 to the cause.

Small Heath’s Principal, Enass Al-Ani, said,

“We firmly believe in the importance of contributing to the community through regular charity work and voluntary activities and we are delighted to be supporting Birmingham Homeless Outreach Charity during the festive season. Our parents and pupils have been incredibly generous with their donations, and it is fantastic to see our stockpile of food growing every day. We hope the food we are collecting, the hampers we are making, and the money we are raising will be of great benefit to the Charity, so they can continue their wonderful work helping the homeless in our city.


“It is fantastic to see our pupils’ enthusiasm for supporting this worthwhile cause, and we look forward to continuing to serve our community in the New Year.”

Pupils and parents are invited to bring any of the following suggested items into the Academy by Wednesday 20th December:

  • Cereal / cereal bars
  • Tinned soup
  • Tinned fruit
  • Tinned fish
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Coffee, teabags or hot chocolate
  • Jam
  • Biscuits
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Any tinned, pre-packaged or pre-prepared food that is ready to eat or easy to heat and has a shelf-life of more than a couple of months