StreetSmart steps up its homelessness fundraising campaign
26 Oct 2021
Bristol restaurants continue to sign up to StreetSmart's Xmas homelessness campaign
StreetSmart is stepping up its activity to encourage restaurants in the city both here in Bristol and around the UK to participate in its Christmas campaign this November and December. A voluntary £1 donation is added to diners’ bills with every penny going to support homelessness projects.
The StreetSmart initiative takes place every winter in major cities nationwide to raise vital funds for those faced with life on the streets. Bristol restaurants typically raise more than £15,000 each year and what’s more, 100% of all funds raised stay local.
Two of the city’s Michelin starred restaurants have just signed up to the restaurant fundraiser – Paco Tapas and Bulrush – joining the following restaurants who are also participating: Pi Shop; Wilson’s; Caper & Cure; Bomboloni; Rocksalt; Fishers; Box-E; Bertha’s; Harbour House; Pizzarova; Pizza Bianchi; Bokman; Klosterhaus; and Harvey Nichols.
During the pandemic, StreetSmart has worked with the charity 1625 Independent People in Bristol to allocate funds in the city to prevent homelessness, keep young people safe and support them to be the best they can be.
“Winter, as we gather in warm, comforting restaurants, should also be a time to think on how we can provide the most basic and essential human needs for every person; food, shelter, care. We are not proud that we have to support StreetSmart, but all the more reason to do so,” said Sara Griffin, owner of Bomboloni.
The discretionary £1 donation is a small contribution which can make a huge difference – Giles Coram, owner, Caper & Cure
Carole Petitbois, restaurant manager at Bulrush, said, “We are supporting StreetSmart as it provides an efficient way to raise money and awareness. More than ever, charities such as StreetSmart will be vital to many. It is the least we can do and hoping that our contribution will make a difference to many others.”
StreetSmart has raised over £10 million since its foundation. Over 50 homelessness charities now benefit each year, with funds supporting services like the creation of beds, housing, mental health advice and training and job support.
97% of Bristol’s homeless are not rough sleepers*. In fact, the number of rough sleepers fell in Bristol during the pandemic; however, there has been a three-fold rise in homeless people living in temporary accommodation or sofa surfing due to relationship breakdown and evictions.
Pam Lloyd of PamLloyd PR, who has worked with StreetSmart for 10 years in Bristol, is continually looking for new partners to come on board and unite to help tackle homelessness. She said, “Being part of the initiative is simple, administration is minimal, and it does not affect VAT returns. There is still time to sign up and make a big difference with a small change. Please do get in touch with me if you’d like to join in.”
… there has been a three-fold rise in homeless people living in temporary accommodation or sofa surfing
Giles Coram, owner of Caper & Cure, agreed, “Unfortunately, homelessness is a very real issue in Bristol. We witness the problems associated with homelessness daily, right on our own doorstep in Stokes Croft. The discretionary £1 donation is a small contribution which can make a huge difference. We are so pleased to be able to support this cause and the incredible work that StreetSmart does.”