Yesterday (23rd October), Norwich Bus Station, managed by Konectbus, welcomed the arrival of the Norwich Street Aid Terminal.
Committed to helping transforming the lives of rough sleepers across Norwich, the terminal will give bus passengers and members of the community, the opportunity to make an instant donation by tapping their card or mobile phone onto the contactless pad.
“Christmas is always a busy time of year at the bus station, with thousands of passengers passing through it every day” said Ken Hall Operations Supervisor for Konectbus Ltd. “We are delighted to host the Norwich Street Aid Terminal and hope that it will attract many gestures of goodwill throughout the festive season.”
Representatives from the Norwich Street Aid campaign, which is a partnership of Norwich Business Improvement District (BID), Pathways Norwich and the Norfolk Community Foundation also attended Wednesday’s welcome event at the bus station
Maria Pratt, Head of Homeless Services for Pathways Norwich said” We are pleased to be part of today and welcome the arrival for the terminal to the bus station. We have already been overwhelmed by the level of support local businesses have shown towards the campaign and are beginning to receive bids from individuals who need the money the most.”
“Rough sleeping and street begging is becoming increasingly visible in Norwich, the campaign uses the latest technology to raise crucial funds, to enable those on the streets to receive practical support and to help them secure accommodation. We have worked closely with the Pathways team to find the best way to allow the community to support this work” commented Stefan Gurney, Executive Director of Norwich BID
The terminal will remain at the bus station until the New Year.
"We have already been overwhelmed by the level of support local businesses have shown towards the campaign and are beginning to receive bids from individuals who need the money the most.”Maria Pratt, Pathways Norwich