Bristolians donate £30,000 for homelessness support in

TAP for Bristol’s first year

08/10/20 – Press release

World Homeless Day on the 10 October 2020 sees new TAP for Bristol contactless donation point at Bristol Temple Meads

Generous Bristolians have donated more than £30,000 to support homeless people through the city’s TAP for Bristol contactless donation scheme since it launched just over a year ago.

To mark World Homeless Day this Saturday 10 October a new TAP point has been installed at Bristol Temple Meads station, supported by Network Rail. This will be the latest in the series of contactless donation points throughout the city since they were in introduced by the Bristol City Centre Business Improvement District (BID) in September last year in partnership with Caring in Bristol.

Celebrating TAP for Bristol’s first birthday, the City Centre BID is making its second £10,000 donation of funds raised. Half of the money will be used to help homeless people in Bristol move into new, permanent homes and half will be used to support and prevent people at risk from losing their home.

 This follows the £10,000 donated earlier this year to help homeless people isolating in a Bristol hostel during the coronavirus lockdown and to fund homelessness prevention work. Charities and organisations will shortly be invited to apply for funding from the next £10,000 of funds raised. Grant applications will be assessed by Quartet Community Foundation.  

A portion of the latest donation will go to homelessness charity St Mungo’s, which has been working on the streets of Bristol throughout lockdown supporting more than 460 people who were rough sleeping or in communal shelters into emergency hotel accommodation.  St Mungo’s will facilitate personal budgets of up to £500 for up to ten people to buy items for their new homes, supporting them to move away from the streets for good.

Caring in Bristol has warned that even more people are facing home insecurity and that there will be a sharp increase in evictions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The charity is using its portion of the funding to continue its life-changing homeless prevention and early intervention support including training volunteers and funding a money advisor and a housing advisor. The additional investment has helped fund intensive advice case work, via Bristol Housing Advice Service, for people at risk of homelessness, helping them stay in their homes or find good accommodation alternatives.

Together these charities have also produced a bespoke ‘Housing Support Handbook‘ in partnership with the ACFA Advice Network, containing vital information on people’s rights and sources of advice for tenants and homeowners.

Close up photo of a TAP for Bristol donation point

Vicky Lee, project lead for TAP for Bristol at Bristol City Centre BID says:

“It says so much about our great city and the spirit of Bristol that even through the toughest of years people have donated an incredible £30,000 to help homeless people and those at risk of homelessness.

“We would like to thank everyone for such generosity and we are delighted to be able to announce the next funding grants which will help people get set up in new, permanent and safe accommodation as well as support others who may be at risk of losing their home. Bristol’s TAP points offer a fast, easy and safe way to donate money in a way that delivers real impact.”

Steven Dodds, partnerships and grants manager at Caring in Bristol, added:

“Twelve months ago we could not have imagined just how vital the homelessness prevention work funded by TAP for Bristol would become.  Now, the impact of Covid-19 on people’s lives and livelihoods has made the need for early intervention to prevent homelessness more important than ever.  Demand for good quality housing advice from people worried about losing their homes has rocketed since lockdown and the TAP partnership is working hard to ensure they find it.

“Seeking housing advice early really works to prevent homelessness, and over the next 12 months we will be working harder than ever to ensure communities in Bristol have somewhere to turn.”

Inside of a train station with a TAP for Bristol donation point in

Ben Richardson, director of Caring in Bristol, says:

“We’d like to say a big thank you to the people of Bristol for supporting TAP for Bristol, and really getting this project moving.  Obviously, the hard work is only just beginning.  Every tap of a payment card or phone on one of the TAP points across the city really is a lifeline for people at risk of losing their homes.”

The new TAP point at Bristol Temple Meads will be operational inside the station entrance / booking hall to coincide with World Homeless Day, on Saturday 10th October. Network Rail station manager Andy Phillips added:

“We are so pleased to have this TAP point installed at Bristol Temple Meads, one of the gateways to this fantastic city. In these uncertain times, it is more important than ever to be supporting causes, such as homelessness.

“With over 10 million passengers going through Bristol Temple Meads each year, we hope that having a TAP Point at the station will help raise more money for those at risk of homelessness and also to raise awareness of this issue.”

someone donating to a tap point

TAP for Bristol aims to help make Bristol the city that solves homelessness. The scheme launched in September 2019 and allows people to make a £3 contactless donation via their credit or debit card through a network of contactless donation points in windows and on hand-held devices across the city centre.

The scheme offers a simple choice to donate, safe in the knowledge that every penny will be used to tackle homelessness through both prevention work and emergency support. An online donation page has also been set up.

The funds are divided equally between Caring in Bristol and local frontline services facilitated by the Quartet Community Foundation which manages the grant programme and the donations.  

For more information about ‘TAP for Bristol’ visit www.tapforbristol.org and video here