Alternative Giving

Big Change Leeds

More than £50,000 has been raised since Big Change Leeds launched in late October 2018 and £34,000 funding has been given out to help close to 300 individuals so far (November 2019). One of those individuals is a chap called Gordon, aged 40. Gordon is a recovering addict who started taking drugs at an early […]

Homeless Catalyst Fund launched in Islington

  Islington Giving has teamed up with Islington Council to launch a new Homeless Catalyst Fund this winter. Every penny given will support people who are or have been, living on the streets of Islington. The Homeless Catalyst Fund will provide small grants of up to £500 directly to people sleeping on the streets, or […]

What have we learnt through the Real Change campaigns about successful public responses to homelessness?

Written by Robbie Cowbury – Campaigns Manager, Riverside As is now well established, rough sleeping is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the current crisis. The latest ‘Homelessness Monitor’ published by Crisis suggests that the number of people who are ‘core homeless’ (that is, rough sleeping, sofa surfing, in hostels or other […]

Cambridge Street Aid – Alternative giving in Cambridge

Three years ago, two officers at Cambridge City Council had an idea: “…what if we could create an alternative to handing money directly to people living on the streets, and use the money raised to help people leave the streets behind…?” In November 2016, Cambridge Street Aid was born. The model is simple: Donate to […]