Lichfield District Street Aid
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 on the streets for longer.
As well as providing practical help to people on the streets, Street Aid gives those who want to help an alternative way of giving. If you donate to Street Aid, your donation is combined with others to make a meaningful sum that will make a real difference to someone’s life. Money donated goes directly towards helping homeless people in Lichfield District.
Help us help people on the street turn a corner by giving small change for real change.
How does it work?
Generous donors can give via our Just Giving page, or at the contactless giving point in Lichfield City (which will be installed soon).
Donations will be pooled together into a Lichfield District Street Aid fund, which will be hosted by Staffordshire Community Foundation. All the money donated will go directly to helping people within Lichfield District.
Grants are distributed to individuals for specific items to help them get off, and stay off, the streets.
How do I donate?
- Donate via our Just Giving page
- Use our contactless giving points (to be installed soon)
Applying for a grant
People applying for Street Aid grants must be referred by an organisation (voluntary sector or local authority) that has assessed the person’s circumstances and can confirm they are in need of financial help that cannot be found elsewhere.
These grants are not normally used for crisis support and the needs will be different for each individual. They are designed to offer long-term, planned help that will bring about real change for that person. Examples that grants might be used for include:
- Clothing for job interviews
- Transport to interview/place of work
- Second hand bike to provide transport to place of work
- Education/training courses
- Refurbished lap top to assist with job searches/ completion of online courses
- Paying for the use of an allotment, including a shed and tools, which would bring the beneficiary many mental and physical health benefits
- Funding to help with health and fitness goals – including gym clothing, trainers, classes or membership
We will launch the application process in the near future - watch this space!