Narthex Sparkhill is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) that works to promote inter-cultural harmony. We aim to do this by bringing together local people, voluntary and other organisations in an effort to advance education and to provide facilities in the interest of social welfare, recreation and leisure. The purpose of this is to improve the conditions and quality of life of the people of Sparkhill.
With the help of volunteers, Narthex manages some of the community facilities at St John’s Church and runs a number of projects. These mostly fall into broad categories of:
- meeting physical needs though provision of food, clothing and resources
- providing trained financial advice to help address financial distress
- running relational support projects, especially for seniors.
Many of the activities of Narthex are operated with substantial grant aid and through working in partnership with other local caring agencies. The partnership of individuals and churches through volunteering and through giving, forms the backbone of the charity’s work.
The Foodbank is the largest and most well-known activity of Narthex. Started in the narthex of St John’s Church it is now housed in a large warehouse in Tyseley. The Foodbank is affiliated to the Trussell Trust – a national association of foodbanks. Six satellite foodbanks around the south-east of Birmingham are supplied from the Tyseley warehouse: Sparkhill, Tyseley, Balsall Heath, Stechford, Hall Green and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Founded by the Revd John Self in 2009.
Awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2016.
Moved to substantial new premises at the old Rovex site in Tyseley in 2018.
Converted to a CIO in 2019.
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