Organisations tackling homelessness have come together to give the generous people of Cardiff an alternative method to give money and help move people away from homelessness, aptly named Give DIFFerently.
Through a text to donate number, Give DIFFerently, which is being funded by the capital’s business improvement district, FOR Cardiff, provides people visiting and living in Cardiff with another way of giving to those who are begging, are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Donations will go into a fund managed by the Community Foundation in Wales, where individuals can access small grants that will bring about positive change at a crucial moment in their lives. From clothing or transport for a job interview to household items for a new tenancy, all the money raised will directly help people move away from homelessness.
The initiative is being supported by frontline services in Cardiff including The Big Issue Cymru, Cardiff Council, Huggard, the Salvation Army, South Wales Police and The Wallich.
Mari-Wyn Elias-Jones from Community Foundation in Wales said: “Any donation made to this fund will go directly to improving a homeless person’s life for the better. The Community Foundation in Wales will ensure that these small grants go directly to individuals, helping people move away from homelessness and preventing a journey to it – from support purchasing household goods to helping them gain employment. This is a truly unique fund set up by likeminded organisations, giving the people of Cardiff an alternative way of giving, collectively working to reduce homelessness and begging in our city.”
To give differently, text DIFF20 followed by the amount you wish to donate to 70070.