Sole to Sole on ‘Shoe Sorting Saturday!’.

by Gary Wicker 20th July 2022

 On a very hot, sunny Saturday, 16 July, a team of eight volunteers plus Networkfour staff spent the morning at Selly Park Baptist Church sorting through and organising hundreds of pairs of donated shoes to help the charity better reach and support vulnerable children, hard to reach adult and crisis families within our city.  

 When we walked into the room at 10am we faced a daunting task with hundreds of shoes everywhere! The charity had received so many donations but we hadn’t been able to keep on top of them. However, with a larger space available to us in the church and great teamwork from volunteers from our amazing funders Lodders Charitable Foundation and our partners team from RoomMatch, we absolutely smashed it! Now hundreds of crisis children & families will receive preloved shoes! By 1pm the floor was clear, all shoes had been sorted, paired, sized, and organised neatly on shelves – ready to be picked and sent to little (or big) feet in need.

One of our volunteers that morning commented, “I woke up this morning and felt a bit down but coming here today has really lifted my spirits. Being part of a team and knowing that I am doing something worthwhile has made me feel so much happier and more positive.”

The Life and Sole project aim is to eradicate footwear poverty by providing good quality, preloved shoes and additional care and support for vulnerable children and hard to reach adults and families in crisis across Birmingham.

The strapline for the project is ‘Every Step Matters, Every Shoe Tells a Story’

 Projects like this rely upon the generosity of others - whether its donated shoes, sponsorship, or volunteering valuable time. Without these this vital children's project wouldn’t exist. 

Thank you so much to Daniel and family from Lodders, Wayne and Kelly from RoomMatch, plus Marie, Bal and Shirley for volunteering your time on a weekend. We couldn’t have done it without you!

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