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Street Aid Week looks to raise £3,000 to help more people get off and stay off the streets

News release from 09/10/2020

THE second Street Aid Week takes place from Saturday 10-Sat 17 October, to raise awareness and money for the award-winning Cambridge Street Aid, the charitable fund supported by Cambridge City Council.  

Last week the council won an award for Cambridge Street Aid at the prestigious MJ Awards, which recognise excellence in local government. 

The aim of Street Aid Week is to raise £3,000 so the scheme can give new grants to 10 more people to help them get off, and stay off, the streets. 

People can help raise money in a number of ways including by joining in with a virtual event ‘Steps For Street Aid’.  

People are invited to set themselves a target for the number of steps or distance walked during Street Aid Week. All profits from entries will go to Cambridge Street Aid and all participants will receive a medal on reaching their target. For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/steps-for-street-aid-virtual-event-registration-115728367663  

During the week three new contactless donation points, funded by Cambridge BID (Business Improvement District), will be opening at Park Street Car Park, Grafton West Car Park and Queen Anne Terrace Car Park.  

The new contactless donation points enable people to donate £3 instantly to the Street Aid fund using their contactless debit or credit cards or smartphones. As well as the new donation points at multi-storey car parks there are several other ones currently open at: 

  • The council’s Customer Service Centre – Mandela House on Regent Street 
  • Grand Arcade shopping centre 
  • Co-op stores on Hills Road, Perne Road, Histon Road, Chesterton Road and in Burwell 

Meanwhile, other businesses are helping spread the word to their staff and customers about Street Aid Week, including Go Glass, who will be selling suncatcher snowflakes to raise money. For more details see http://goglass.co.uk/  

Anyone wishing to donate to Cambridge Street Aid during Street Aid Week can do so at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/streetaidweek2020  

Since Street Aid launched in 2016, more than 300 people have now received Street Aid grants totalling more than £100,000. Since lockdown started more than £11,000 has generously been donated, which has helped provide grants to more than 65 people. 

Street Aid grants are given to people who are – or have been – on the streets in Cambridge, to help them leave the streets behind. 

Cambridge Street Aid was established to give anyone wishing to help vulnerable people on the streets of Cambridge an alternative to handing over cash directly.  

People have so far received financial help through Cambridge Street Aid for a range of purposes, from training courses, laptops and interview outfits clothes to help them find work, to rent deposits on accommodation and furniture for new homes. Every single penny donated to Cambridge Street Aid goes directly to grants for individuals.  

Cllr Richard Johnson, Executive Councillor for Housing, said: “I am so grateful to everyone who has supported Cambridge Street Aid over the last few years, and hope people can take part in events for this year’s Street Aid Week. 

“The grants given out so far to people who have experienced rough sleeping or homelessness have made a very real difference to people’s lives. Hopefully the Cambridge public will be as generous as ever, and help us reach our target of raising an additional £3,000 during the week.” 

“Cambridge Street Aid is just one of the ways we are working with partners and other agencies in the city to tackle rough sleeping and homelessness, and to provide vulnerable people with the support they need to move on with their lives.” 

Ian Sandison, CEO of Cambridge BID, said: “Cambridge BID are delighted to continue to support Street Aid and fund the three new pay points being launched in Cambridge. Involved from the start, Cambridge BID and the business community truly value the work that Street Aid does, and we see first-hand how the project directly supports the vulnerable in our community.”