17 Dec Give DIFFerently to help Cardiff’s homeless this Christmas
With our HQ based here in Cardiff city centre, we have over the past few years seen the changing shape of our homeless situation, with more and more people living on the streets. Eager to support charities and organisations that share our mission to make a difference, we are thrilled to hear news that Give DIFFerently has launched; offering ‘a new way to give to homelessness’.
Funded by FOR Cardiff, this scheme allows people to donate to Cardiff’s homeless through a text service, supported by The Big Issue Cymru, Cardiff Council, Huggard, the Salvation Army, the South Wales Police and the Wallich.
With so much scepticism around donating to charity, the project will see funds (managed by Community Foundation in Wales), spent on clothing or transport for a job interviews, household items for a new tenancy and other necessary items, with the overarching mission to make a difference to homeless people’s lives.
Adrian Field, Executive Director, FOR Cardiff said: “From speaking to businesses and residents of Cardiff, there is growing concern about the homeless situation in the city and a strong desire to help. Working together with the organisations that are doing brilliant things to alleviate homelessness, we have created Give DIFFerently to make sure people living on the streets get the support they need, when they need it the most.”
Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, Cllr Lynda Thorne, from Cardiff Council said:
“Cardiff is a very generous city and we know the public are concerned about the welfare of those they see on the streets. Street begging is on the rise and rough sleeping has more than doubled in the last three years. We don’t want people to stop giving, but it is time to think differently about how we make sure donations provide the right support to reduce the risk of repeat homelessness.”
Mari-Wyn Elias-Jones from Community Foundation in Wales said:
“Any donation made to this fund will go directly to improving a homeless person’s life for the better. The Community Foundation in Wales will ensure that these small grants go directly to individuals, helping people move away from homelessness and preventing a journey to it – from support purchasing household goods to helping them gain employment. This is a truly unique fund set up by likeminded organisations, giving the people of Cardiff an alternative way of giving, collectively working to reduce homelessness and begging in our city.”
To give differently, text DIFF20 with the amount you wish to donate to 70070.