“Can you spare some change? I haven’t eaten in days.”
As we move towards a cashless society, fewer people carry notes and coins, which means that we are unable to help those unfortunate homeless people who have to beg on the streets. And there might be the odd time when you have cash on you, but it can be difficult to take your wallet or purse out in the middle of a busy street.
On any given night in the UK, 2,700 people sleep rough across the UK, with 750 in London alone, and with homeless services experiencing funding cuts and being less able to provide accommodation and other support, we can be sure that the situation is going to get much worse for people sleeping rough over the next few years.
Al-Mizan Charitable Trust has launched the CashCache, which holds five £1 coins that you can use to purchase food or toiletries for homeless people. It comes with a keyring, so you can attach it to your keys or handbag and easily take out coins whenever you see people in need.
There can be many different reasons why someone is sleeping rough and no one would choose to be homeless, so it’s not our place to judge people in these difficult situations. All homeless people need food and toiletries, so the CashCache is a way of making sure you have money with you to help them with whatever they need.
When you want to buy these essential items for homeless people, do take a moment to ask them exactly what they want or need. Tens of thousands of people walk along the streets of our busiest cities, and the vast majority of them will probably have ignored the homeless people on those streets, so use the opportunity to let them know that there are people still out there who care about the most vulnerable people in our society.
The CashCache costs £5 plus £1 for postage and packaging. To purchase one, click here.