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New scheme helps shoppers support local homelessness charities


Tap to donate scheme

This week we launched a new tap to donate scheme in Hemel Hempstead town centre, in partnership with Hemel Hempstead Business Improvement District (BID). The new scheme enables shoppers to support local homelessness charities by making a donation at one of the new contactless payment points.

The two new donation points, located opposite Poundland and soon to be installed inside Metro Bank, allow shoppers to make a £3 donation using a contactless payment card or device. All donations will go towards supporting the work of charities, including DENS and the Salvation Army.

By giving to local homelessness charities rather than directly to people who ask for money on the street, shoppers can be confident that their donation will make a positive, long-term difference.

Cllr Margaret Griffiths, Portfolio Holder for Housing, Phil Walker, Chair of Hemel Hempstead BID, and representatives from our Community Safety and Strategic Housing Teams were the first to tap to donate at the launch of the new scheme (pictured).

Cllr Margaret Griffiths, Portfolio Holder for Housing, and Cllr Julie Banks, Portfolio Holder for Community and Regulatory Services, said: “We are delighted to launch this new scheme in the town centre, which enables our wonderful community to help those most in need by giving responsibly to local homelessness charities.”

Phil Walker, Chair of Hemel Hempstead BID, said: “This scheme is a fantastic way to support local charities, and will enable people to give responsibly knowing that their donation really will make a lasting change.”

The scheme will start as a pilot in Hemel Hempstead town centre. If successful, it will be expanded to include other town centres or local shopping areas in Dacorum.

We commission the Dacorum Outreach Service to actively support us in helping to find suitable accommodation and improve outcomes for rough sleepers in Dacorum.  If you are concerned about a rough sleeper, please email DB.outreach@hightownha.org.uk or call 07393 466730.

For further information on support for rough sleepers, please visit our Rough sleepers page.