The "Because We Care" voucher scheme was launched in 2018 to provide a constructive and practical way to support people begging for money for food on the streets. The books of five vouchers can be bought for £5 by members of the public and then handed to anyone on the streets with confidence that this person can use the voucher to receive support if they are genuinely in need, without encouraging begging.
The voucher scheme enables members of the public to give with confidence. Instead of giving money that may be used to feed a drink or drug habit, the person buying the voucher is signposting the individual to us, so that they can receive more than just a meal and a shower - they can access support and help into accommodation, hot food, a change of clothing including new socks and underwear, a chance to speak to our visiting medical practitioners, emotional support, and training and engagement activities such as the cooking group and the art group. These services are all provided free of charge to anyone in need.
The money paid for the vouchers goes directly towards the provision of vital services for homeless and vulnerable adults.
The vouchers are available from:
- St George’s Crypt
- St George’s Crypt charity shops: Preloved of Armley and Preloved of Pudsey
- Nurture cafes at Trinity Church (Boar Lane) and Armley (Town Street)
- Libraries (Central, Cross Gates, Headingley, Morley and Wetherby)
- The Management Suite on the second floor of the Victoria Gate shopping centre
The vouchers are also available at various churches, where people are selling them to their congregation. Please speak to us if you cannot buy them from your church.
Please support this scheme however you can, and contact St George’s Crypt Fundraising Department on 0113 245 9061 if you have any questions. Alternatively, email email@example.com.
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