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TAP for Bristol

In September 2019, Bristol City Centre BID launched TAP for Bristol in partnership with local...

In September 2019, Bristol City Centre BID launched TAP for Bristol in partnership with local homeless support charity Caring in Bristol. Our aim is to make Bristol the city that solves homelessness.

This not-for-profit initiative offers a new way of giving money to tackle homelessness in Bristol and ensures donations go directly to those who need it most. TAP for Bristol donation points can be found in windows and on contactless devices in shops and cafés around the city centre, allowing people to make a simple and secure donation of £3 per tap using a contactless credit or debit card.

All donations through TAP for Bristol are being managed by Quartet Community Foundation. They’ll allocate 50 per cent of all donations to Caring in Bristol to fund new work in prevention and education of homelessness. The remaining 50 per cent will become small grants for those who need immediate help to leave homelessness behind. All donations will be monitored and evaluated, so we’ll be able to evidence the positive impact that they’re having.

Please be in touch if your business would like to host a donation point.

The more businesses and organisations that host a ‘TAP for Bristol’ point – whether it’s in windows or on contactless devices in shops and café counters – the bigger the difference we can make.

Ben Richardson, Director of Caring in Bristol
Updated: Wednesday 4 December, 2019

More donation points installed

Seven new TAP for Bristol points have recently been installed, bringing the new contactless donation initiative to a wider audience across the city and providing even more opportunities to give money.

Find the new TAP points at Tesco stores on Cathedral Walk, College Green and Marlborough Street, the Ibis hotel on Explore Lane, Small Bar on King Street, BrewDog on Baldwin Street and No. 1 Harbourside. These new locations bring the total number of TAP points around the city to 20, and several more will be installed in December – we’ll be revealing their locations on the TAP for Bristol blog soon.

Since we launched the initiative in mid-September, people have ‘tapped’ their credit cards more than 1,560 times on donation points. At £3 per tap, this has raised in excess of £4,600 to help prevent homelessness and directly support those who are currently homeless in the city. The new TAP points are already having an impact, with No. 1 Harbourside’s point raising £500 in its first month.

We hope this significant increase in donation points will help the project reach its first fundraising target of £10,000 before Christmas. This will trigger the first payment to Caring in Bristol’s homelessness prevention services and allow Quartet Community Foundation to start considering grant applications to help those in immediate need.

Updated: Wednesday 16 October, 2019

TAP for Bristol marks World Homeless Day (10 October)

Four new ‘TAP for Bristol’ contactless donation points, raising money for homelessness prevention services as well as directly supporting people who are currently homeless, have been announced this week to mark World Homeless Day (Wednesday 10 October, 2019).

Since its launch just three weeks ago (18 September, 2019), the new TAP for Bristol scheme has already raised £1000 in contactless donations with Waitrose on Queens Road the highest earning TAP Point, receiving £500 in donations so far.

View our press release for further information
TAP for Bristol marks World Homeless Day 08.10.19