You Can Now Give Money To Homeless People Using Contactless In The City

You Can Now Give Money To Homeless People Using Contactless In The City
The future of donating to the homeless? Image: Shutterstock

Londoners can donate to homeless people, by making contactless donations in the City of London.

Four Tap for Change points dotted throughout the Square Mile now allow you to tap a phone, debit or credit card, making a £3 donation each time. The money goes straight to homelessness charity Beam.

The four locations of the Tap for Change points are:

  • City of London Information Centre, St Pauls Churchyard
  • Barbican Library
  • Tower Bridge Engine Room
  • Guildhall West Wing reception window
Marianne Fredricks, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Homelessness & Rough Sleeping Sub Committee, tapping her phone on the contactless card device at City of London Information Centre.

The points will be run as a trial for three months, with the hope that more will be installed afterwards.

Marianne Fredericks, Chairman of City of London Corporation's Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Sub-Committee said:

In a culture where people are increasingly using their debit and credit cards and carrying very little cash, this is an effective and efficient way to help the most vulnerable in our society.

Working with our partners we are supporting rough sleepers to make real life-changes, leading to training, jobs and long-term accommodation and helping them get off the streets for good.

It's a great idea — although the City of London Corporation is not the first to think of it. Tap London already has 90 permanent contactless points around London, including some in the City itself.

More information about Tap for Change.

Last Updated 16 August 2019