25 May 2017
New contactless donation points help the homeless
New contactless donation points to fund the city's night
shelters for people sleeping rough were launched this week in
Broadmead; marking a new approach to supporting homeless people in
Shoppers can now 'touch' their bank card on the points to give
£2 direct to the #SOSBristol fundraising campaign. Safer off the
Streets (SOS) was launched in November 2016 and is aiming to raise
£100,000 for the city's night shelters. There are four night
shelters in the city, offering 70 emergency bed spaces. Each
shelter provides somewhere safe and supportive to stay whilst
volunteers and staff work to help people find accommodation, and
support them with mental and physical health and employment
The night shelters are run by The Julian Trust, Caring in
Bristol, Crisis Centre Ministries and St Mungo's - which manages
several Bristol Mental health services, in partnership with Bristol
City Council. SOS Bristol is an initiative from the Rough Sleeping
Partnership, set up by the Council to tackle rising homelessness in
the city through new service provision and awareness campaigns.
The Broadmead Business Improvement District (BID) are supporting
SOS by donating the use of the units.
David Ingerslev, Project Manager at St Mungo's and Rough
Sleeping Partnership Lead, says: "…We are delighted the Broadmead
BID has donated the use of the units to us. There is nothing else
like this in Bristol.
"They will make donating easier for shoppers who may not carry
small change but who feel compelled to take action to support
people they see rough sleeping. It is simple, immediate and will
directly help people to be safer off the streets".
The four shelters are free to clients, with donations going
towards running costs, laundry bills and volunteer expenses. Visit
www.fundsurfer.com/SOSBristol to find out more and use the hashtag
#SOSBristol on Twitter to join the conversation.