February was a big month for Cambridge Street Aid, which offers grants of up to £750 to homeless individuals to help them get off and stay off the streets. The programme is run by CCF in partnership with Cambridge City Council.
Street Aid recently awarded its 150th grant, which was given to a man looking for work in the construction industry, to pay for a health and safety course and qualification. To date, Street Aid has given out nearly £50,000 in grants to individuals.
Michael O'Toole, CEO of Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, gave an interview on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire's weekday breakfast programme about the benefits of the programme for people who want to donate to homeless people but have concerns about where their money will go. You can listen to the interview online here (from 36:50).
Finally, a new contactless donation point for Street Aid was unveiled inside the Grand Arcade Shopping Centre with a launch event on Friday 22nd February. This is the latest contactless donation point to be installed and builds on the success of others at Co-Op stores around the city, at the City Council customer service centre at Mandela House, and at The Guildhall.
Cambridge Street Aid is funded by donations from the public, turning small change into real change. You can read more about Street Aid here.