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 £25,609 for Bristol’s Safer off the Streets campaign, including £282 in August 2021.
The money you donate goes to St Mungo’s, The Julian Trust, Caring in Bristol and inHope Bristol, who work together to run the city’s night shelters. Every donation helps to provide much needed support for vulnerable people in Bristol.
St Mungo’s say:
“The Bristol Street Count shows us that during the pandemic, the number of people sleeping rough has decreased dramatically, but we still need your help. Despite these encouraging figures, we have the third highest level of rough sleeping of any region in the country behind only Camden and Hillingdon in London. The reasons for homelessness are varied and can include relationship breakdown, mental health difficulties, addiction, and increasing financial hardship; In the last decade, wages in Bristol have risen a mere 12%, while rents have increased an inordinate 44% – making it much easier for families to slip into the dangerous world of homelessness.”
St Mungo’s Outreach worker, John, reflects on what has been achieved in the past year. https://www.mungos.org/looking-back-at-the-last-year-what-a-privilege-to-be-a-part-of-it-all/
Thank you again for your continued support. Keep an eye out for some exciting donation point updates soon. In the meantime, if you would like to help St Mungo’s further, please visit https://www.mungos.org/get-involved/fundraise-for-us/community-fundraising/ to get involved.
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