Save when you buy a Gastro Card and support StreetSmart and help others over Christmas
Gastro Card is delighted to be supporting StreetSmart during November and December . When you purchase your Gastro Card for the special price of £25 (use code Xmas at checkout) you can make an INCLUSIVE donation to support StreetSmart and your Gastro Card is valid until 31st December 2014, so it makes a great Christmas gift idea. Click here to purchase
Since its beginnings in 1998, StreetSmart has raised and distributed £6.3 million. Year on year we’ve grown significantly, both in terms of money raised and number of restaurants taking part. Now over 100 homeless charities benefit from the campaign, nine times more than in 1998.
The projects funded are all aimed at getting people off the streets, and onto their feet again. Some of the money does go to the basics, such as a bed, a shower, a pair of shoes, but the charities we fund don’t stop there as that rarely solves the problem. The money goes to those who support people through crucial stages in their progress from the street to valued community member:
- Outreach teams search for the ‘hidden’ homeless; men and women, young and old, alone and vulnerable.
- Day centres; basic human needs provided for, companionship and help offered.
- A relationship of trust is built and advice and advocacy offered; family mediation, benefits obtained, accommodation sought.
- Health and well-being issues are addressed; mental health, substance abuse, counselling.
- Supported housing and therapeutic activities.
- Education and training; life skills and employment qualifications.
- Finding a permanent place to live, an occupation in life.