The Queen's Nursing Institute

The Queen's Nursing Institute works with the public, nurses and decision-makers to make sure that good quality nursing is available at home for everyone when they need it.

Healthcare at home

SIFA Fireside

Since 1982, SIFA Fireside, a charity based in Digbeth, has been working to tackle homelessness, alcohol misuse and health problems in in Birmingham. Last year they had over 30,000 attendances at their daily ‘drop in’ sessions and supported more than 2,200 people to improve their housing, health and life chances.

They begin by providing practical support to get people off the streets and into settled accommodation and then work with them to increase their skills and confidence through activities (art, drama, music and gardening) and training such as literacy and IT.

Last year they helped 178 rough sleepers into accommodation, worked with landlords to create 56 new tenancies, and delivered more than 5000 health and wellbeing sessions. They particularly value their NHS partnerships, and key to this is their long standing work with the Homeless Nursing Team who provide twice weekly ‘in house’ surgeries.
They also run a charity shop, Forgotten Vintage, (in partnership with Trident Reach) in the Great Western Arcade near Snow Hill Station, and very much appreciate additional customers and vintage clothes donations.

Tony Kelly, an ex-SIFA Fireside service user, and now one of their keenest supporters, fund raisers and volunteers, says ‘I was on the streets and on the rocks following some bad life experiences and choices – SIFA Fireside helped me pick myself up and get back on my feet again’.  

For more information please look at, email Cath Gilliver, Chief Executive, at [email protected], or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.  They’re also very happy to arrange visits to their service and to organise individual or team volunteering opportunities.

SIFA Fireside: 48-52 Allcock St Digbeth B9 4DY
Tel 0121 766 1700


Supporting Carers

Transition to Community

Homeless Health