Help Make a Change for Plymouth's homeless

Plymouth's Make a Change campaign is back for a second year to make it easy for people to support Plymouth’s homeless.

Make a Change provides places for people to make a small donation through contactless ‘tap to give points’, knowing that all the money will help the homeless and tackle the complex issues behind why people become homeless.

Last year, generous Plymouth residents donated over £1,500 over the three months that the campaign was running. Those funds were vital to local organisations like Shekinah, the Plymouth Soup Run and to PATH (Plymouth Access to Housing).

We are also asking residents to use the StreetLink app for when they are worried about someone sleeping rough.

When details are logged through the app, the information is immediately sent to teams who can provide expert help.

All people need to do is download the StreetLink app and fill in the details. StreetLink is a national organisation and exists to help end rough sleeping by enabling the public to connect people sleeping rough with the local services that can support them here.  

The Make a Change campaign website gives more information about homelessness in Plymouth, how to report someone sleeping rough and also sets out to answer frequently asked questions.

This year the Make a Change campaign has linked up with Geddon Plymouth, another local initiative to encourage people to shop and eat at local traders. 

You can now directly support Plymouth businesses and donate to support work to tackle homelessness in the same place. You can find tap to give devices at: Cosmic Kitchen, Column Bakehouse at the Royal William Yard, The Haberdashery, Plymouth Pannier Market, Stoke Bar and Grill, Arribas Mexican Restaurant, Harbourside Fish and Chips and Plymouth Coach Station.  

If you would like to sponsor or host a device please contact community.connections@plymouth.gov.uk

Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet member for Housing and Co-Operative Development, said “We are bringing back the Make a Change campaign this winter to make sure people know how they can help and what is available in the city to support people when they need it. 

“I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who used the scheme last year. We know that the people of Plymouth want to support those less fortunate than themselves and by providing this offer, we can ensure that money gets to the people who really need it.”

Mike Taylor, Director of PATH, added: “The Make a Change campaign does exactly what is says on the tin, in that the money donated goes directly to help individual people, enabling them to change their lives.

“If you donated last year then thank you but, as we all know, 2020 has brought its own challenges and there are even more people facing homelessness now locally and nationally.”