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Initiative launched to support homeless through contactless payments

‘Small Tap, Big Change’ is an initiative aiming to combat the challenges of homelessness by allowing individuals to make fixed donations of £2 per tap at contactless devices in pubs, shops, and office buildings. 

This initiative is launched by Hammersmith BID, and the aim of the fundraising method is to empower residents, businesses and visitors to make a positive difference for those facing challenges associated with homelessness in the borough.

Businesses in the area are encouraged to support the initiative by having contactless devices on their premises.

Any money raised will go directly to local homeless charities that are operating in the borough.

The charities include; Barons Court Project, a day center serving people who are homeless; St Andrew’s Church who offer shelter to those in need; the Upper Room who provide a number of inter-linked services that focus on providing tools and skills to reduce the risk of homelessness; and Glass Door who help to provide emergency winter shelters and support services across London.

Patricia Bench, director at Hammersmith BID said: ‘Small Tap, Big Change’ will provide a simple and straightforward way for all of us to help people who are literally on our doorsteps.’

‘We know that Hammersmith businesses want to help address issues around rough sleeping and Hammersmith BID looks forward to working with them for this great cause.’

Kevin McGrath, chair of United and deputy lieutenant for the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham said: ‘At United in Hammersmith and Fulham, we want to inspire everybody to be a better neighbour.’

‘One of our key aims is to support local people in need, whoever they are, so small tap, big change is vital; it allows locals to donate easily and effectively through contactless devices in everyday places, to help drive real improvements for those facing homelessness challenges in the borough.’

In related news, two contracts worth £25m have been awarded to build nearly 200 homes for former rough sleepers and victims of domestic abuse in London.

Photo Credit – Hammersmith BID

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