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Street Aid: Help for homeless people

Cambridge Street Aid helps people on the streets to turn a corner. We raise a fund from which people who are street homeless – or who have been in the past – can apply for a grant to help them get off, and stay off, the streets.

As well as providing practical help to people on the streets, Street Aid gives those who want to help an alternative to handing money directly to people.

There are lots of reasons why people beg on the street. Each person has their own story to tell, and many of us instinctively want to give money to someone we think needs our help. But giving money directly to people on the streets can actually keep them there for longer.

If you donate to Street Aid, your donation is combined with hundreds of others to make a meaningful sum that will make a real difference to someone’s life. Every single penny donated goes directly to grants for individuals.

In just over two years, over £50,000 has been raised and over 150 grants have been given out to help people get off, and stay off, the streets. You can be part of this.

So, now you don’t have to gamble when you give, what will your choice be – loose change or real change?

Cambridge Street Aid is administered by the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation. To find out more, or to make a donation, visit the Cambridge Street Aid website.

To receive regular updates, you can become a Friend of Cambridge Street Aid.


The Street Aid Summer Garden Party will take place on Saturday 15 June, from 4 to 6pm, at Selwyn College in Cambridge.

Tickets are £12 and every penny raised at the event will go straight to the Street Aid fund to help more people get off, and stay off, the streets.

There will be drinks, nibbles and entertainment (including a magician!), and the theme is red and gold which are the Street Aid and Selwyn College colours.

Become a Street Aid Champion

If you’re inspired by the work Street Aid is doing, you can get involved as a volunteer Street Aid Champion.

Champions help raise money and awareness for Street Aid, by holding and taking part in events in their workplace, university or local community.

You can give as much or as little time as you want to. You’ll be given all the training, support and materials you need.

If you’d like to volunteer, find out more and download an application form from the Cambridge Street Aid website.

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