People of The Streets is an online store where people can gift essential items to the homeless across the UK.
Homelessness is one of the greatest crises in our country and the problem is getting worse.
There are over a quarter of a million people who have nowhere to sleep tonight and an additional eight million people are only one payday away from joining them on the streets. We are an affluent nation but there are still cracks in our society. We help those who have fallen through them.
One of the problems the homeless face is our attitude towards them. Many of us want to do the right thing, but it's not always clear what that is.
We often shy away from giving money to people on the streets, for fear of encouraging begging or because we worry about where that money will go.
Due to these stigmas and the way they are often treated by society, homeless people often list self respect as one of the hardest trials they face everyday. Not surprising when you consider that one in ten have been urinated on by a member of the public and then they have to face people like the young Cambridge University student, who recently made the front pages by being filmed setting fire to a twenty pound note in front of a homeless person.
We thought long and hard about the problem and developed a unique solution.
People of the Streets is a not-for-profit social enterprise dedicated to helping fight the corner of the UK's homeless community.
Our first phase involves creating a transparent online store where the public can purchase everyday essentials such as toiletries, backpacks and warm clothes for people who need them most.
After the products have been purchased, we will ship them to one of our partners who will distribute them to those most vulnerable in society.
All revenue will go back into our organisation, enabling us to scale up our project and help even more people on the streets.
We are launching in Nottingham, Manchester, Cardiff, Brighton, Bristol and London. These are the cities we have identified as having the most significant increase in homelessness over the last few years and therefore seemed like a natural place to start. We eventually intend to scale the business further across the country.
The online store is only the beginning. With the money we raise, we are going to harness the talents of People of the Streets. We will run, in collaboration with our partners, soft and vocational skills workshops to help get people in need back into employment, but also into jobs they want.
Our goal is to help get people off the streets and to do that we'll need your help.
We are on Crowdfunder to raise money and awareness of our project and we've come up with some awesome rewards and incentives to help you part with your cash.
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£5 - High Fiver - By pledging a high fiver, you are not only letting us know that our work is appreciated, you'll be helping someone to keep warm this winter.
£10 – Top Ten - As with the High Five, your donation helps us keep going and not only that, you’ll get an awesome shout out on our social media and a handwritten thank you note in the post!
£20 - Helpful Hygiene Pack (Male) - Thanks to you someone will be receiving an essential hygiene pack to help them with daily life, tailored to suit a male. You’ll also receive a handwritten thank you note from us in the post!
£20 - Helpful Hygiene Pack (Female) - Thanks to you someone will be receiving an essential hygiene pack to help them with daily life, tailored to suit a female. You’ll also receive a handwritten thank you note from us in the post!
£25 - Give Me the Garments - Thanks to you someone will be sleeping warm and safe tonight as they will receive a package containing a hat, gloves, neck warmer and thermal socks to keep them warm and shield them during treacherous cold nights. You’ll also receive a handwritten thank you note in the post!
£60 - Coat of Arms – Your contribution to our campaign is as welcome as it is generous. Thanks to you someone will have a new coat to ward off the cold, along with an umbrella to battle the elements and a waterproof backpack to carry it all. You’ll also receive a handwritten thank you note in the post!
£100 - A Bundle of Joy - Five “Helpful Hygiene Packs” will be delivered to our partners along with a free pack of “Give Me The Garments”. You’ll also receive a handwritten thank you note in the post! (Please note we will give 3 male packs and 2 female packs because our research shows there are significantly more homeless males)
£250 - A Tonne of Love – We're in awe on your selflessness. We want you to know that because of you, five people will be insulated against the chill of concrete. We will send five people who call the streets their home a 3-in-1 coat, an umbrella and a waterproof backpack. You’ll also receive a handwritten thank you note in the post from us!
Please note products shown above are subject to slight variation due to stock availability and price variation.