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Hello, my name is Yasmin Paulson Project Co-ordinator & founder of Be Kind. I began volunteering at a food bank in 2018, I really enjoyed the work and found it incredibly rewarding.  In 2019, just before the pandemic began, I had a strong desire to do more voluntary work, helping other good causes.

In 2019 I set up Be Kind because my drive has always been to help people in real need.  I consider myself very fortunate with a comfortable lifestyle. My background is somewhat different.  Growing up in Leicester, my parents owned a newspaper shop and we lived above. I very much appreciate what I have now, but I know that there are many people who are not as fortunate.  In wanting to make a difference to those struggling I have found an amazing group of people who share my passion.

This was the first time I ran the food drive. I was all on my own in the city centre. I can’t believe I did it!

Be kind is a charity that provides support to service users at food banks, women’s refuges and the homeless community in Birmingham City Centre at our food drive.


June 2020 five volunteers came on board to support Be Kind and by September 2020, 19 more joined. There are now 70 core volunteers who we can call on with specific skills, all giving their time and energy freely.

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Every Monday night the Be Kind volunteers host a food bank in Temple Street, Birmingham city centre. our Be Kind volunteers distribute foods and toiletries.

Our aim is to help alleviate food poverty. This is why we operate a food drive service weekly in Birmingham city centre. We work alongside the charity “Who Is Hussain” they serve hot meals; we distribute non-perishable foods and toiletries to the homeless community and people in need.


The graphs below show the number of people using the Food Drive service for this year and previous years.

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