#CocoFood: StreetSmart Helping Homeless People

When you dine out this winter, this is the perfect way to do something heart-warming, kind and generous.

If you’re not familiar with StreetSmart, it runs every November and December in over 25 towns, cities and counties across the UK, and it supports the homeless.

StreetSmart was established in 1998 (in London) and since then has successfully raised over £8.2 million for homeless and vulnerable people across the UK.

At participating restaurants during the festive months of November and December, with the benefit of a table card or a reference on the menu, a voluntary £1 is added to the diners’ bill. At the end of each month, the restaurant passes on all of these £1s to StreetSmart. They are then used to support reputable charities for the homeless.

All StreetSmart’s running and operational costs are generously paid for by their sponsors, Deutsche Bank, so every penny in every £1 raised goes directly to the people who need it.

Towns, cities and counties taking part include; London, Leeds, Manchester, Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Bristol, Nottingham, Isle of Wight, Birmingham, Bedford, Essex, Cornwall, Brighton & Hove, Wakefield, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bath, Berkshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Yorkshire, Newcastle, and Surrey.

There are many charities that are supported through StreetSmart. The work that each charity provides towards helping homeless people includes; drop in centres, soup kitchens, overnight accommodation, street assistance, clothing and food banks, YMCA centres, community officers, guidance back into work, assistance with finding a home, acting workshops, volunteer and training programmes, support workers, residential centres, tenancy support, health & wellbeing centres, showers and clean clothes, emergency accommodation, redistribution of surplus food, schools programmes, health appointments – and so much more.

So, if you dine out this November and December take a look at the restaurants in your area to see if they are supporting StreetSmart and dine at one of them. By adding just £1 to your table’s bill (not per person) you will be helping someone in desperate need.

For more information about this wonderful feel good Charity search for StreetSmart online.

Rachel McAlley

Rachel is currently a UK travel writer and beauty writer for House of Coco, she spends most of the week locked away in her country garden studio watching the world whizz by, and most of the weekend whizzing around the UK!

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