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Like many charities we have had to adjust our work in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions in place to help reduce the spread of the virus.

We are currently not providing any face-to-face activities.

All of our projects are still operating, please note the following:

Ladywood Community Advice can still provide phone appointments for benefits advice, please call on 07716 433 551 if you have an issue you’d like help with. Our Karis BeFriends Advice project is operating in a similar way.

Listening & Guidance are now operating phone appointments, please ask your GP if they can refer you to the service or call Karis Medical Centre on 0121 455 0542.

Our befriending projects are keeping in touch with people over the phone, and where permitted by local restrictions meeting people outdoors. We are also providing a lot more practical help through Baby Bank and looking at other ways we can meet needs being experienced due to the pandemic.

If you want to contact us our office is currently closed but you can call on 07913 544 452 or email us at


We are currently recruiting for a Welfare Benefit Advice worker. This is a part time post, 21 hours per week, with an initial 2 year contract.  The closing deadline for applications is Friday 5th February. For more details see Job Description and Person Spec – Advice Worker and for enquiries about applications please contact us at


See our latest newsletter here and read about how we’re continuing to adapt our work to the challenges presented by COVID-19


See our previous newsletter here and read about how we’re continuing to adapt our work to the challenges presented by COVID-19.


Over the past year  we have worked as part of the Neighbourhood Network Scheme (NNS) to map provision for, and support groups working with, the over 50’s. We are doing this in partnership with Birmingham Settlement, Nechells Pod, and Soho First.  Since lockdown we have particularly supported groups helping people cope with issues around C19. NNS has been able to provide funding to a local food distribution hub, and we have provided practical support to other groups.  Karis has also had the opportunity to work together with other groups in the area to form Ladywood Helpers, providing food and practical support to many people in the area though lockdown.

In Ladywood and North Edgbaston wards we have monitored over 40 groups that have adapted their work through the lockdown period, some re-focussing on distributing food and supplies to those who need it, and others putting their activities online to enable people to stay connected and healthy.

A few activities are now open for those who want to cautiously make they way into our new socially distanced enviornment: –

Midland Sailing Club are now providing sailing and paddleboarding lessons, and have an adapted boat which is safe for older people or those with disabilities to learn in single handed.  For more details contact Phil Reeves, Sail Birmingham Manager  Tel.  07894 434313

St Germains at Edgbaston Food Distribution Hub is providing cooked meals and food parcels to those in need living in the North Edgbaston area. Distribution is from St Germains Church Hall City Rd, Monday, Wednesday and Friday 12-3pm.  For information contact 07738209626

They also have a confidential emotional wellbeing service.  This is a telephone service open to anyone over 18.  To register contact / 0121 5170476

For anyone living within 20 minutes  of the Icknield Port Loop a group called Civic Square have opened up “The Floating Front Room”. These are coffee mornings from a barge in the park off Rotton Park St, Icknield Port Rd.  They will run on Wedsdays from 10-1 and Saturdays from 10-2 throughout September.  They offer free coffee and cakes and a chance to have a socially distanced chat with new friends. There are often activities such as canoeing, music, mindfulness, bike repairs and book and fruit/veg stalls attending.  

Eat Make Play will soon be opening up the “Shareshack”. This is a “library of things” where people can borrow equipment for a week.  They will also be are running a wide variety of workshops virtually and eventually in person in a safe and socially distanced way. If you  live in B16 and would like to learn a new skill or have a skill you would like to share, or if you would like to register, visit their website at  or pop into the shareshack on St Vincent St West Monday/Tuesday 12-4 or Wednesday/Thursday 10-12.  (Proof of address is needed to register).

It has been a privilege to connect, promote and support these and other groups.  We look forward to working further with them  as we start to navigate how we stay safely connected in our new environment.


Another update on our work during the current COVID-19 outbreak can be found here.


Please see our latest newsletter here for details of what we’re doing in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are still here and looking to support the most vulnerable in our community during this time.


You can see our previous newsletter here.


Waitrose in Harborne have chosen us as one of three causes to support in their Community Matters this month. If you are likely to shop there please do consider putting some green tokens in our box, we’re delighted to be alongside two other great organisations supporting people in need and are grateful that all three causes share the £1000 funding. The funding will help towards our Christmas party for the older people we support through the Karis BeFriends project.


We’re currently advertising for an Advice Worker to provide home visits to older adults and undertake benefit checks and help with applications for benefits. The worker will also offer further support about housing situations such as applying for Warm Homes grants.

The post is funded by Birmingham City Council Prevention and Communities Funding for 2 years.

For a Job Description and Person Specification please contact

Please apply online by sending your CV and Supporting Information* to

*SUPPORTING INFORMATION: Please describe in less than 600 words why you would like this position and provide any further information to support your application. It is vital that you highlight relevant experience and skills to address the Person Specification provided.

Deadline for Applications: 18th October 2019