Hi-tech way to help the home­less

New scheme al­lows peo­ple to do­nate to help rough sleep­ers 24 hours a day

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTstephenB 01733 588734

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

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