A Giving Point will be installed outside the window of the De Montfort Students’ Union Supplies Shop on Monday 28 November, which will accept contactless donations for Leicester’s Winter Night Shelter, run by charity One Roof Leicester.
De Montfort University is supporting Give Leicester – a project organised and funded by BID Leicester and Leicester City Council in partnership with Leicester Homelessness Charter. The project aims to use technology and innovation to help improve the lives of some of the city’s most vulnerable people.
Give Leicester enables members of the public to donate and be completely confident about where the money will go, and that it will make a difference in helping provide beds for rough sleepers. It is also a way for businesses and individuals to show that they care about homeless people in the city.
To support the project a Giving Point has been installed in the window of the Students’ Union Shop – Supplies – which includes an outward-facing contactless donation box.
With a simple tap of a contactless payment card on the outside of the window, the box can take £3 donations. Staff, students and members of the public can give as they walk past the shop on Mill Lane.
Giving Points will also be installed at:
- St Martin’s Coffee Shop
- McDonalds in Eastgates and Market Street
- Clockwise Credit Union in Jubilee Square
- St Martin's House near the Cathedral.
- Greggs in Gallowtree Gate
- Knighton Library
- Westcotes Library in Narborough Road.
What charity does the money go to?
From October 2019 to March 2020, all money raised will be donated to Leicester’s Winter Night Shelter run by registered charity One Roof Leicester. This service helps to get people off the streets as the temperatures drop, providing emergency accommodation and food as well as signposting people to support services.
Does all of the donation go to charity?
All transaction fees are covered by BID Leicester and Leicester City Council, meaning that 100% of donated money will be given to the Winter Night Shelter.
What else can I do to help if I am worried about someone on the streets?
As well as the donation points, the Give Leicester website hosts an extensive online directory of services available in the city to help people who are homeless.
See www.giveleicester.org for more information.
Posted on Friday 25th October 2019