Yesterday, a rally was held in Victoria Square, Birmingham, against cuts to support services for vulnerable people.

Of course we had to go down and show our support.

Back in December, 2016, Birmingham City Council announced proposed cuts to its ‘supporting people’ budget. This would affect the disabled, the homeless, victims of domestic abuse and young people.

It’s not surprising that this news was not taken well. This came only a week after homeless man, Chiriac Inout, was found dead in the city centre. It was the coldest night of the year and the poor man was found outside a car park.

SOS: Save Our Support

Don't Abandon Us Sign

Supporters from The Green Party, Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid, St Basil’s and Mind we’re among the peaceful protesters. While service users, politicians and support providers huddled together listening to the speakers.

One person noted that the rally was almost as large as the protest  against Donald Trump’s travel ban. We can’t confirm that. But was great to see a community come together in support of something they believe in.

Support providers from St Basil’s, who work with young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, live streamed the event.  They are set to lose 20% of their funding. This translates to bed space that will no longer exist for homeless youths.

Here are some pictures from the rally in Victoria Square

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If you want to be involved with #saveoursupport you can sign the petition by clicking below.

Say NO to proposed cuts for vital funds for vulnerable people.