Homelessness charity StreetSmart celebrates its 20th anniversary this November. Every year, the charity runs a campaign which raises money for homeless people by adding £1 per table to diner’s bills at participating London restaurants. Since its conception, the StreetSmart campaign has raised £8.2 million, one hundred percent of which goes towards grass roots projects tackling homelessness, a growing issue across the country. The campaign began two decades ago with a handful of supporters in Soho, but has now grown to include over 500 participating restaurants, such as Meatliquor, St John, The River Café, Pisqu Polpo, The Providores and Barrafina.
StreetSmart kicked off its 20th anniversary with a launch party on 30 October 2017, attended by top chefs from restaurants including Skye Gyngell and Peter Gordon.
Streetsmart focus on: Islington
What do 8 Hoxton Square, Rotunda and MeatLiquor have in common? They have all signed up to StreetSmart, the annual restaurant campaign that fundraises for homeless people, to raise money for The Margins Project based at Union Chapel this Christmas.
Since 1998, StreetSmart has raised over £8.2 million for homeless projects across the UK through the simple idea of adding a voluntary £1 pound to diners’ bills during the festive months of November and December.
Boyd Collins, the general manager of MeatLiquor N1, explained why it was important to be participating in Islington: “Seeing the money stay here in Islington makes what we're doing visible for both the team and customers. It’s great that we can see the direct impact the charity has on those that need support closest to us – it’s all about the community spirit.”
All of the money raised stays local and goes towards supporting homeless projects in the community. In the Islington area, all customer donations go towards supporting The Margins Project based at Union Chapel, which runs a café training programme for homeless people, ex-offenders and those suffering from mental ill health. Rachel Krish, head of funding at The Margins Project, commented: “The Union Chapel sits right at the heart of the borough and is a concrete project that bridges the gap of reintegration and homelessness by intensively supporting work opportunities for people not quite ready to make the leap into full-time employment.”
Islington restaurants participating in the campaign this year include:
8 Hoxton Square
Black Axe Mangal
The Drapers Arms
The Greek Larder
KERB, Kings Cross
St Johns Tavern, Archway
The campaign runs from 1 November to 31 December. For a full list of participating restaurants, visit: http://streetsmart.org.uk/restaurants/ or @StreetSmartUK
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This article was published 2 August 2017