OSCAR Birmingham is a voluntary organisation and registered charity established to support individuals affected by Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Disorders.
Our aim is to work in partnership to help improve the quality of health, social and economic well-being for children, young people, families and adults living with Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia in the Birmingham and surrounding areas.
We appreciate donations made and fundraising events organised by the public and are truly grateful to our supporters, funders and donors. Without them, we would not be able to provide much needed support services to those who face difficulties arising from this disorder.
30th January 2019
Birmingham Sickle Cell Charity, OSCAR Birmingham, will help to make its premises more accessible and appealing for young people over the next three months after being awarded £10,000 from the Building Connections Fund Youth strand.
The charity, which runs from Jewellery Quarter will work with young people as part of Youth Voice Forum to come up with improving its current space to develop a connect and support hub which will help build connections and tackle loneliness among young people living with Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia.
Funding is being delivered by the Co-op Foundation as part of the Building Connections Fund Youth strand, a partnership with government.
OSCAR Birmingham is one of 145 projects that has received funded today.
Hobby Rahman, Development Manager, said:
We are so delighted to be awarded this grant from Co-op Foundation. This will enable us to work with young people living with Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Disorder, experiencing isolation, to create a much-needed meaningful environment that will bring individuals together across the city to share interests, learning and connect with each other. This grant will help to create a Hub, which will enable young people aged 14-25 years to meet on a weekly basis.
Jim Cooke, Head of the Co-op Foundation, said:
“Spaces where young people can come together to enjoy shared interests are important for building connections and tackling youth loneliness. By involving young people in improving local spaces, we’re helping to increase their confidence and skills, while also building stronger, co-operative communities. We look forward to seeing the impact this funding has tackling youth loneliness across England.”
The Building Connections Fund is a partnership between government, Co-op Foundation the Big Lottery Fund to tackle loneliness and improve community connections. Co-op Foundation is delivering grants for all projects supported through the youth-specific strand.
This builds on funding awarded to more than 120 projects in December that included befriending services, community arts groups and support schemes.
For more information on the Co-op Foundation, visit www.coopfoundation.org.uk
Any young people who want to be involved in designing improvements to OSCAR Birmingham, should contact Hobby Rahman on 0121 212 9209 or firstname.lastname@example.org