Birmingham is one of the youngest cities in Europe and we’re shining a spotlight on the inspiring individuals who are doing incredible work in the city and the West Midlands.
And one of those individuals is Hattie D’Souza.
Shortly after moving to Birmingham from Leicester, she set up a homeless charity called Let’s Feed Brum with the aim of providing supplies to the people who need them most. Five years on, Hattie has supported hundreds of homeless people across the city, forging strong friendships with many of them, and has encouraged an army of volunteers to get involved.
Let’s Feed Brum operates two weekly breakfast clubs at Birmingham Cathedral and delivers evening walkabouts providing vulnerable people with hot food, hot drinks, essential supplies, clothing and a friendly face to talk to.
Hattie’s charitable efforts have played a huge role in ending the stigma surrounding homelessness – something she’s incredibly proud of:
“Let’s Feed Brum is the proudest thing I’ve ever done. I know myself, the trustees, and the volunteers will keep going out there which is going to bring about real change.
And it’s the people in Birmingham that keep Hattie motivated:
“The best thing about Brummies, and I say this as an adopted Brummie, is how much heart they have. There is a smile for everyone, there’s a helping hand for everybody.
“Every single person is so willing to give up their time and I think that’s just a testament to this region and its people.”
Hattie is just one of many young people based in the West Midlands who give up hours of their time to give something back to their community.
If you want to be part of something special and make the West Midlands proud, consider applying to volunteer at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.