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This is why there is a new brightly-coloured cash point in town centre

A new scheme to help homeless people in Shropshire has welcomed a cashless donation point.

The Shrewsbury based system gives the public the opportunity to donate with a bank card rather than loose change.

Donations go directly to The Shrewsbury Ark in a new ‘alternative giving’ shop window of The UGC in Castle Street.

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Secure cash donation boxes for the scheme are also available at Shrewsbury Railway Station, The Square and Frankwell Footbridge.

Dean Carroll, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult Social Care, public health and assets, said: “As people are often worried about donating cash to people who are sleeping rough, the donation scheme helps them to know that their donation will be put to the best use, and go straight to supporting rough sleepers with deposits and rent in advance; as well as providing a range of support such as food and washing facilities, mental and physical health advice, rehabilitation and help finding housing and work.”

This comes after several rough sleepers declined accommodation offers that the council made to them during the coronavirus pandemic.

All verified rough sleepers in the county are being offered accommodation by Shropshire Council as it is continues the ‘Everyone In’ scheme.

Those who accept this receive stability and security, while officers can also engage with and provide further support to help find a range of find suitable, permanent accommodation.

However, there are some individuals, virtually all in Shrewsbury, who chose to decline this offer.

When this happens, the council in partnership with homeless charity The Shrewsbury Ark and other local agencies, continues to work with the individual, getting to know them and seeking to support them to feel ready to accept accommodation options.

The scheme is backed by a partnership between Shrewsbury BID and The Shrewsbury Ark, to help people off the streets and access support services so they can rebuild their lives.

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