Thank you to everyone who has used the two contactless donation points that were installed in Broadmead in May 2017.
To date you have helped to raise £26,681 for Bristol’s Safer off the Streets campaign, including £66 in March 2022.
The money you donate goes to St Mungo’s, The Julian Trust, Caring in Bristol and inHope Bristol, who work together to provide much needed support for vulnerable people in Bristol.
St Mungo’s say:
“St Mungo’s street outreach teams work 365 days a year to find and support people who are sleeping rough. In Bristol, every night we provide accommodation and support to more than 200 people through the 16 services we run in the city.
“Our teams have worked tirelessly since the pandemic began to ensure everyone who was on the streets was offered COVID-secure accommodation where they could be safe, isolate, and protect themselves from the virus. But the battle is not over.
“With the increasing cost of living, combined with the ending of the furlough scheme, the ban on evictions lifting and the cut to Universal Credit there is a serious risk that more people will end up on the streets in the months to come. This is why your support is still so needed. Thank you to everyone who has so generously supported our work to date.
“Remember to keep an eye out for new tap points across the city, and if you feel you have more to give, visit our website to find out about volunteering vacancies that need to be filled this winter mungos.org/get-involved/volunteer/current-volunteering-opportunities/“
If you are concerned about someone sleeping rough, send an alert to StreetLink by visiting www.streetlink.org.uk, via the mobile app, available for Apple and Android devices, or by calling 0300 500 0914. StreetLink, the national referral service managed by St Mungo’s in partnership with Homeless Link, is the main service the public can use to let us know about someone they are concerned about who is sleeping rough.
By using StreetLink, members of the public and businesses can alert local authorities and homelessness organisations to people sleeping rough in their area. The information helps the outreach teams to locate people and connect them with the local services available to them to help them off the streets.
Contactless donation point locations
You will find one of the contactless donation points near Primark, on the junction of Union Street and The Horsefair, and the other near Tesco Metro on Broadmead.
You can also donate online HERE.
Photo: Cllr Lesley Alexander, Lord Mayor of Bristol 2017/18