Cambridge Street Aid

Cambridge Street Aid helps people on the streets to turn a corner. We do this by raising a fund from which people who are street homeless – or who have been in the past – can apply for a grant to help them get off, and stay off, the streets.

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 to handing money directly to people. If you donate to Street Aid, your donation is combined with hundreds of others to make a meaningful sum that will make a real difference to someone’s life. Every single penny donated goes directly to grants for individuals.

In just over two years, over £50,000 has been raised by incredibly generous Street Aid donors, and 150 grants have been given out to people to help them get off, and stay off, the streets. You can be part of this.

To donate

By choosing Street Aid, you are choosing real change, not loose change. You can donate:

Online through justgiving.com - Visit the Street Aid page

At one of our contactless giving points - which can be found in various places across Cambridge:

  • The Grand Arcade
  • Co-Op Mill Road
  • Co-Op Chesterton Road
  • Co-Op Burwell
  • Cambridge City Council customer service centre at Mandela House
  • The Guildhall (reception area)

(More contactless giving points coming soon!)

Regularly by standing order – Please email info@cambscf.org.uk for more information.

By cheque – send a cheque, payable to Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, to Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, Hangar One, The Airport, Newmarket Road, Cambridge CB5 8TG. Please mark it as for ‘Street Aid’ so we can allocate your donation properly.

Grant applications

There are three main criteria that people must meet in order to be eligible for a Street Aid grant:

  1. The person must be, or have been in the past, street homeless.
  2. The grant must be for something that would help the person get off, or stay off, the streets.
  3. The person must be a resident of, or have links to, Cambridge City.

People applying for Street Aid grants must be referred by an organisation (voluntary sector or local authority) that has assessed the person’s individual circumstances and can confirm that they are in need of financial help that cannot be found elsewhere. Grants of up to £750 will be paid to the referring organisation to use the money for the purpose agreed.

The fund will not normally be used for crisis support. It is to offer longer-term, planned help that will bring about change for the person. We encourage people to be creative as to what they apply for – as long as it would help the person get off, or stay off, the streets, a Street Aid grant could well be available.

The fund has a limit of one award per person in any six-month period and two awards in any 18-month period (from the date of the first award) – other than in exceptional circumstances. Please note that unsuccessful applications will not be counted towards this total.

Becoming a Street Aid Champion!

Applications are now open for our exciting new volunteer roles: Street Aid Champions! Champions will raise money and awareness for Street Aid, by holding and taking part in events in their workplace, university or local community. Champions can give as much or as little time as they want to, and will receive training and materials to help them organise events. Please download the Street Aid Champion role description for more details.

We are looking for enthusiastic, energetic people who want to make a difference to the lives of homeless people in Cambridge. Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you!

Please download the application form, fill it in and send it to Jo Davies-Warner by email on Josephine.Davies-Warner@cambridge.gov.uk or by post to Safer Communities team, Mandela House, 4 Regent Street, Cambridge CB2 1BY.

Stay in touch

To receive regular Street Aid updates and be the first to hear about opportunities to get more involved in our work, please become a Friend of Cambridge Street Aid.

If you have any questions about Street Aid, you can email StreetAid@cambridge.gov.uk or phone 01223 457 959.