Harrogate Street Aid could be expanded

Harrogate Street Aid could be expanded

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Jacob Webster at 2:30pm 27th February 2020.

A project which uses contactless pay-points to help homeless people in Harrogate could be expanded – after it raised more than £2,700 in four months.

  • The Street Aid scheme was introduced in October last year.  
  • It uses contactless pay-points to help homeless people in Harrogate.  
  • The scheme has raised more than £2,700 in four months and could now be extended.  

The Street Aid scheme became the first-of-its-kind in Yorkshire when it launched in October last year.

It was set up by Harrogate Borough Council, North Yorkshire Police and Harrogate Homeless Project with the aim of reducing begging in the town.

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Police inspector Penny Taylor said:

“The scheme has been extremely positive. We have seen a reduction in begging issues in Harrogate through this and a number of other measures.

“I would support further roll out of the scheme so some of the most vulnerable people in Harrogate can benefit.”

Using the contactless pay terminal at Marks and Spencer’s Food Hall window on Oxford Street, each tap gives £3.

A council spokesman said:

“Following its successful launch in October we are delighted to say that, thanks to the generosity of local residents and visitors, donations to Harrogate Street Aid have now surpassed £2,700.

“Applications are now open for grants up to £500, administered by Two Ridings Community Foundation, to support individuals and make real change to their lives. This is via a referral by local services involved with those affected by rough sleeping and street homelessness in the Harrogate district.

“We are now exploring the possibility of additional tap terminals in Harrogate town centre and the surrounding district.”