People who want to help rough sleepers in the city will now be able to give money to support a Leicester night shelter using new contactless donation points.
BID Leicester and Leicester City Council are working together to provide the contactless donation points which will be installed in shops, cafés and public buildings in Leicester city centre.
The initiative, called Give Leicester, is part of the Leicester Homelessness Charter.
The Charter was launched last year and is a growing coalition of people and organisations who work together to tackle homelessness in the city.
The Give Leicester donation points are small, contactless terminals, which will enable people to make a £3 donation simply by tapping their card.
Locations already agreed are St Martin’s Coffee Shop, McDonalds on Eastgates and Market Street, Clockwise Credit Union, DMU, St Martins House, Greggs on Gallowtree Gate, Knighton Library and Westcotes Library on Narborough Road.
The first donation points started accepting payments yesterday (Tuesday 29 October), and this will increase to a total of 16 locations across the city.
All the money collected in the first six months of the scheme will go to the One Roof Winter Night Shelter, which provides emergency accommodation and food during the coldest months of the year.
The scheme has been organised and funded by BID Leicester and Leicester City Council, who are also paying all transaction costs to ensure that 100% of the money donated goes to the night shelter.