St Basils, an organisation that works with young homeless people in Birmingham, has gained Modeshift Star accreditation for its efforts to encourage active travel.

Councillor Liz Clements, Cabinet Member for Transport, presented the team with the bronze level award.

The Modeshift STARS scheme is accredited to organisations that encourage their staff to take up more active modes of travel when commuting to work such as walking, cycling or using the bus, train or tram.

Cllr Clements said: “St Basils has done an excellent job increasing levels of walking, cycling and other forms of sustainable travel among its staff by delivering a Good Travel Plan that includes a range of sustainable travel initiatives. Organisations taking part in this scheme are making a real contribution to more sustainable living, reducing air pollution in the city and supporting our net-zero emissions target.

“Thank you St Basils for your efforts, and I would urge other companies yet to be involved to join. You can make a real difference.”

Mandy Blizzard, head of ICT at St Basils, said "St Basils is thrilled to have been presented with the Bronze level award, and we are actively chasing the Silver level. Thank you so much."