SOUTH Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) is joining forces with local charities, Sheffield BID (Business Improvement District), Sheffield City Centre Retail Forum and Sheffield City Council in the Help us Help campaign, by hosting a collection point for donations at Sheffield Interchange.
Between Thursday 30 November and Friday 15 December, customers will be encouraged to donate goods to charities who support vulnerable people, rather than give money to those who approach passengers in the interchange.
A team of volunteers and professionals will run a stall at Sheffield Christmas Market, and will offer the public with Help us Help carrier bags, for those who wish to contribute. People can choose which items to donate from a list and drop the carrier off at any of the designated points around the city centre, including the Interchange.
Sheffield Interchange staff will also hand out leaflets to people found begging in the premises, with information about where to get support, while reminding them that the practice is not allowed in the area.
Tim Taylor, Director of Customer Services at SYPTE, said: “We’re very happy to be taking part in this campaign. We hope to make it easier for people who want to donate goods either when going to, or coming from Sheffield city centre. We’d also like to reinforce the message that through donating to the charities, rather than giving money directly to people, we can better support those most in need”.
Among the suggested donations are: tea, coffee, shaving foam, hats, socks, gloves, bottled water, deodorants, shower gel, briefs, pot noodles and tinned meat or fish.
For more information about the Help us Help campaign, visit their website at www.helpushelp.uk