Hi-tech way to help the homeless
New scheme allows people to donate to help rough sleepers 24 hours a day
Peterborough shoppers will now be able to support rough sleepers in the city using contactless cards thanks to a pioneering new scheme.
The Safer Off Our Streets project was launched yesterday, and has seen a contactless card donation window placed outside The Argo Lounge in St Peter’s Arcade.
By tapping their contactless debit cards at the window - which will be available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year - residents will donate £3 which will directly help the estimated 35 rough sleepers in the city. It is one of the first of its kind in the country, and the first in the east of England.
Residents will also be able to donate to the campaign online on a new website - www. saferoffthestreets.co.uk - or in donation boxes at Peterborough Town Hall and the Visitor Information Centre.
Residents are being urged to donate to the partnership rather than directly to individuals.
Thepartnershipismadeup of 17 different organisations including Peterborough City Council, Peterborough Soup Kitchen and Peterborough Food Bank.
The partnership is also running a day help centre for homeless people in the Gareden House in the Cathedral Precincts.
Christine Graham, Chair of the Safer off the Streets Partnership and Co-ordinator of Peterborough Street Pastors Scheme said: “Rough sleeping is the most visible and unacceptable consequence of homelessness.
“A recent count showed that 35 homeless people were sleeping rough on Peterborough’s streets. Alongside the number of people sleeping rough in Peterborough, there are many other individuals and households living in temporary accommodation and experiencing homelessness in our city.”
Cllrs John Holdich, Steve Allen and Irene Walsh try the new window