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Rotary Shelterbus for the Homeless in Birmingham

by Rotary Club of Birmingham Breakfast Charitable Trust
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Rotary Shelterbus for the Homeless in Birmingham
Rotary Shelterbus for the Homeless in Birmingham
Rotary Shelterbus for the Homeless in Birmingham

Hi everyone, 


It's been a while since our last report, and as you'd imagine not much has changed. Due to the Covid 19 and the lockdown across the UK and much of the world, the Shelterbus isn't fit to meet social distancing requirements. With that in mind, we've been communicating closely with our partners to ensure that we support where we can, as well as identify opportunities once the lockdown is eased further. 

We've been excited to read about the support many councils have pushed out during this time to help rough sleepers and homeless throughout the UK. It's times like this that we are incredibly grateful for the resources we have, and the reminder it's so important that we help our neighbours.

We'd like to make a special thank you to the key workers during this time who've supported our country through what has been and will continue to be an incredibly difficult period. We send our best wishes to you and your families and look forward to updating you further once we are clearer on when activities can resume. 

Until then, stay tuned to our social media channels for the latest updates. 

Kind regards, 

The Shelterbus team

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Hello Rotary Shelterbus Supporters!

It's the Shelterbus Team here reporting very positive news. We can now confirm on 24 February in Wolverhampton we will officially handover our first Shelterbus to the Good Shepherd Ministries and Enterprise Home Group team. 

It's been a long time coming, after diligently working to get the bus up and fitted for November--just in time to show off at our Birmingham Breakfast Charter Brunch. The teams at Good Shepherd Minisitries and Enterprise Home Group have already been enjoying the use of the bus, as they put their final preparations in place for their new bricks and mortar shelter, of which the Shelterbus was vital to them receiving planning permission as it provides accessible accommodation to their offering. 

It's important that as we celebrate this tremendous milestone, we take a moment to reflect and thank everyone who has been with us on this journey along the way. We can remember a time where all we had was a concept to pitch, and that first donations and all that followed were the boost of hope we needed to remind ourselves that this project is about making an impact that is so much bigger than all of the work needed to drive it through. Whether you make a recurring donation, a single personal donation, or you've gathered your colleagues together to make one large donation, you're a huge part of story and a part of the fabric that our service users experience day in and out. 

We'd like to take a moment to thank the following people for their extraordinary contributions:

  • Angelo Buratti for sourcing the tradesman and overseeing the fit out of the bus--in addition to his many contributions
  • Luca Buratti for his continuous time overseeing the logistics of the partnership and raising awareness of the project
  • National Express for kindly granting the bus
  • The Good Shepherd Ministries and Enterprise Home Group team for their belief in our idea and countless work bringing it to life
  • Jewsons for their £4,000 Building Communities Grant that helped fund the materials in the fit out of the bus
  • Socks and Chocs for helping introduce us to the partner that would make it all happen!

Of course there are many more, but we'll blame it on this poor reporter's brain capacity getting this out in time to all of you! :)

For information on the launch, follow us on our usual social media channels or reach out to us at We hope to see you there, and if not we'll be live reporting so you can catch us from where you are!

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The Rotary Shelterbus will be going live in Wolverhampton this Friday (November 29th).

It will provide 10 private, secure overnight sleeping pods, including for those with accessibility requirements.

There is a light cooking space, washing and toilet facilities, provision for pets, and a medical/private consultation space.

The bus, once handed over in the name of Rotary in Wolverhampton, will be fully owned and operated by the Good Shepherd/Enterprise Homes charities group for the homeless.

Their volunteers will assist rough sleepers to regain their privacy and dignity and be given assistance to find work.

The project has been almost three years in the making.  The original idea was to set up a hostel but, when it was realised that the point of need could move around the city, it was decided that a suitably equipped bus could be much more effective.

So, in January 2017 plans for the first Rotary Shelter Bus began, featuring a team led by Rotaractor, Luca Buratti – son of Birmingham Breakfast member, Angelo Buratti – and including the then District Governor, Gary Dancer.

It is an amazing project which has come about as a result of the hard work and enthusiasm.”

National Express West Midlands donated the Rotary club a double decker bus.

Over the past year, refurbishment has been carried out on the bus at a workshop in Sheffield to provide the 10 sleeping pods and other rooms.

It has cost in the region of £37,000 which has been met by an online fundraising website, a grant from The Rotary Foundation and sponsorship.

Richard Green from Wolverhampton Rotary, said that Wolverhampton’s five Rotary clubs were involved with the project.

He said: “It is an amazing project which has come about as a result of the hard work and enthusiasm shown by the Birmingham Breakfast Rotary club team.

“The official handover will be in January. This Friday, the clubs and some of our District team are going to see the bus for the first time.

“This will be at the offices of Charter Court Financial Services in Wolverhampton, for their staff to see the results of a substantial donation made by that company to the bus.

“Representatives of the two charities who will own and operate the bus will also be there.”


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As the days get longer and the temperatures rise, we'll give you a short but sweet update on our project. Since the last time we've reported, there have been a few exciting updates....

In June, we officially handed our first bus over to Food4All in Stratford, London. This bus will be used as a Food Bus, helping this charity to provide nourishing meals to homeless and low income individuals in the Stratford area. This bus is currently undergoing its transformation, and will be soon be on the road. More details on it's official launch will be provided ASAP. For more information on Food4All, check out their website:

In September, you should see our first Shelter Bus in Wolverhampton. We're still solidifying our partnership, but we've found a great organisation with an even greater vision to help us bring our project to life. More information on the official announcement of our partner and the launch date of this bus will be provided closer to the date. 

It's getting closer, can you spare another £1?

We're so thankful for your donations and support along the way. With your help, we've raised vital funding to help bring our vision to life. However, we still need donations to help us reach our first target of £35,000. If ever person that's donated gave an extra £5-£10 we could be that much closer! Better yet, help us spread the news. Whether it's sharing via Facebook, email or in person, your voice helps us to spread our message and make this project even greater. 

Things are looking up for our bus. Thank you again for all that you do and have an amazing summer break!

Kind regards, 

The Shelter Bus team

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Happy spring!

Whilst the mild winter was settling over England, Team ShelterBus was hard at work finalising partnerships to bring ShelterBus to two cities in the UK within the next few months. 

At our Rotary club's civic breakfast, we unveiled a soft press release of a partner in a major West Midlands city to be released ASAP, and within the next few weeks you may see a Rotary ShelterBus in one of the country's largest cities. At the moment, our team is working hard with our solicitor to finalise contracts and ensure that every party involved is protected and prepared.

It's been a winter full of hard work, but we're excited to see the bulbs we've been planting bloom this spring. We'll send an official press release when our buses are road ready, but until then keep your eyes peeled on our social media channels. 

Lastly, thank you for everyone's continued donations to our project. We know when the first bus goes live this project will be the talk of the town, but we won't forget all of the people who helped to fuel our dreams in the early days. It is because of you that we are continually inspired to continue to press forward and make new connections that can bring a ShelterBus to areas throughout the UK. 

We'll keep you updated!

Kind regards, 

The ShelterBus Team

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Rotary Club of Birmingham Breakfast Charitable Trust

Location: Birmingham - United Kingdom
Project Leader:
Courtney Rachal
Birmingham, United Kingdom
$9,832 raised of $48,000 goal
105 donations
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