Saturday the 10th October was World Homelessness Day; An ideal day to launch a digital fundraising scheme helping two local charities to fundraise digitally to tackle homelessness in Winchester.
We’re working with local organisation Winchester BID, to help their Spare Change for Lasting Change scheme.
What is Spare Change for Lasting Change?
This is an initiative that enables people to donate money to two local charities who are committed to tackling homelessness. The majority of people are inherently kind and generous, and it’s difficult to walk past a person on the street asking for money when you know that you could give them a few coins and make sure that they get a hot drink and maybe a sandwich.
Unfortunately, however, by giving directly to the person who is begging, you may be hindering the chance for positive change. It may well enable them to buy a coffee and some food, but it also helps increase their dependency on begging and decreasing the likelihood of that person engaging with support services.
These support services are just what Trinity Winchester and Winchester Churches Nightshelter offer people facing homelessness in our city. The Spare Change for Lasting Change initiative gives donors the opportunity to do so directly to the charities that can help homeless people the most.
How are Donater helping this scheme to fundraise?
Spare Change for Lasting Change have approximately 50 donation boxes across Winchester city centre, ready to receive donations – Now both in cash as well as digitally.
Our aim is not to replace cash donations – But to make donating easy and accessible to all potential donors. Not everyone carries cash – People are paying with notes and coins less than ever before. Contactless payments need to be available for donations too.
Our Donater Smart Stickers are an easy way to convert your donation boxes into a digital means of fundraising. The Stickers have a QR code and NFC tag, so anyone with a smart phone can tap or scan the sticker with their smartphone and be taken straight to a donation page.
How can the donor pay?
Once the donor lands on the Donater donation page, they can then choose to pay with one of the following options:
- Apple Pay
- Google Pay
- Entering their bank details
As we said earlier, people want to give – We just need to make sure that we are giving them easy opportunities to do so. These Smart Stickers on the Spare Change for Lasting Change donation boxes are a fantastic step in digital fundraising and will hopefully secure more money for these two brilliant local charities.
“We are very pleased to be working with Donater to launch contactless, cashless and mobile donations for Spare Change for Lasting Change to support the work of Trinity Winchester and the Winchester Churches Nightshelter. The COVID-19 pandemic has seen cashless payments becoming the norm and with this new technology on our collection boxes, we can continue to encourage donations to this important scheme in a safe and easy way.”Winchester BID’s Business Crime Reduction Manager, Jane Bastock
Feel compelled to make a donation? You can visit the Donater donation page for Spare Change for Lasting Change here.
Want to know more?
You can find out more information on the charities mentioned in this blog and the amazing work they do by clicking on the websites below:
Spare Change for Lasting Change – https://winchestersparechange.uk/
Trinity Winchester – http://trinitywinchester.org.uk/
Winchester Churches Nightshelter – https://wcns.org.uk/