Contactless scheme supports rough sleepers in Harrogate

A contactless payment scheme launched by Harrogate Street Aid has raised over £5,300 for rough sleepers, awarding a grant of £500 to one of our service users in North Yorkshire Horizons.

Based in Harrogate town centre, a contactless terminal allows the public to make direct donations which are combined into a larger sum and distributed to individuals as Grants. Our service in North Yorkshire welcomed the initiative after a service user, ‘Ben’, received a grant.

Ben had a previous history of addiction and petty crime but after working with our service, he began to make changes – telling Probation officers that boredom made him more likely to relapse and that being able to access the local leisure centre would create distractions for him, help him cope with his emotions and get in a healthy routine away from the streets.

As a result, the Harrogate Street Aid scheme awarded Ben a £500 grant for a leisure centre membership, training sessions and a voucher for equipment and clothing. Horizons spokesperson James Royal said, “We can really see the benefit of this grant. They have looked at what our client needs and responded very thoughtfully and practically. This investment in him as a person, has given him a purpose and direction again.”