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Safer St Austell launches donation boxes for the needy

Safer St Austell launches donation boxes for the needy

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:00am 29th December 2019. (Updated at 8:56am 30th December 2019)

An organisation which aims to improve community services in St Austell is asking for donations to help support those in need.

Safer St Austell says it has recognised that the town, along with others in Cornwall, has experienced spates of begging which can cause concern within the community. 

It has developed donation points across St Austell to encourage people to support local services, with all the money going towards helping those most vulnerable in the town. 

“These collection boxes are a convenient way to enable the community to support those individuals in need. It still is ok to offer a hot drink or meal, but you can also signpost them to agencies such as STAK for day time support.”

Councillor Sandra Heyward

begging hands

“We want to make it easy for people to donate money to the charities supporting vulnerable individuals to help them move away from a life on the streets and reduce the amount of aggressive begging across the town. We are encouraging the community to donate through the boxes so that their support can be directed in the best way.”

Annette Miller, St Austell BID Manager

Along with the donation points, Safer St Austell continues to distribute an information leaflet across the town for businesses, residents and visitors.

This explains how they and their partners are responding to the different issues of street drinking, anti-social behaviour and rough sleeping by providing on the ground outreach support to help individuals make positive changes.

There are now five donation boxes being hosted by businesses in the town which can be found:

  • the Co-Operative
  • White River Fish Bar
  • St Austell Leisure Centre
  • Tengo
  • Weatherspoons

There will also shortly be a donation box at The Natural Store. If you would like to be involved please contact St Austell BID at staustellbid@gmail.com

“People feel a mix of sympathy and upset when they see on-street begging, and it can sometimes be intimidating. These donation boxes are an excellent way for people to show concern, confident that funds will be used directly to help those who are vulnerable or living on the street.”

Rob Nolan, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Protection

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