Updated: Friday 3 September
Following the incredible response from local residents and groups, the collection points have been inundated with supplies.
As a result we kindly now ask people to hold onto items for the moment and not to take them to the collection points or Birmingham Airport.
People are still welcome to make monetary donations should they wish through the organisations that have been involved in our response. These include:
Age UK Solihull, British Red Cross, Citizens Advice Solihull Borough, Entraide, Islamic Relief, Langar Aid, Refugee Action, Renewal Christian Centre, Solihull Muslim Association, St Andrew’s Church Baby Bank, and St John’s Ambulance.
Solihull Council is working with organisations across the borough to help provide immediate support to those who are being repatriated from Afghanistan before they move to other parts of the UK.
The Council knows that local people are keen to provide support and many have already come forward with generous offers of help. Working with our local voluntary sector, we have already secured many key essentials which have already been distributed.
We would ask the public not to donate baby milk, baby food or baby bottles so we can keep strict quality control on these very important items which we have in supply.
To ensure this is done in the most effective way and reaches those in need, people are being asked to donate items to the following places:
Renewal Church, Helping Hands, Lode Lane, Solihull, B91 2JR
Entraide at Three Trees Community Centre, Chelmsley Wood, B37 7TP
Both organisations are collecting essential items and would welcome donations of:
Nappies – all ages
Children’s activity packs/toys
Anti-bac hand gel
Clothes washing detergent powder/gel
*Please do not donate clothes as the organisations have received huge amounts already and cannot store anymore.
Alternatively, people can make a monetary donation via the websites listed above or at Langar Aid.
Please note that any items that are not needed for immediate support will be held by these organisations for distribution to other people in need.