Local Restaurateurs tackle homelessness during Christmas countdown

03 Nov 2015
by Victoria Harrison

Fourteen Restaurateurs across Nottingham, Lincolnshire and Newark have joined forces in a dedicated campaign to help homeless and vulnerable people this Christmas.

The charitable hospitality champions have pledged to take part in StreetSmart, a nationwide campaign inviting diners to give an optional £1 donation on bills throughout November and December.

 Homelessness charity Framework, which receives Street Smart funding in the East Midlands, will use the money it receives from the scheme to fund skills training for its residents and volunteering opportunities for vulnerable and excluded people.

It will be holding a launch party today (Tuesday, November 3rd) at 3.30pm at Adam’s Restaurant, Stoney Street, one of the participating eateries. Refreshments will be on offer for those who attend and will be created by the catering students of New College Nottingham.

Participating restaurants include World Service, Rocket Saltwater, Riverbank Bar and Kitchen, Tom Browns Brasserie, Iberico Nottingham and Derby, The White Lion Bar and Grill, The Curry Lounge, Chino Latino Park Plaza, Mem Saab, Park Plaza Hotel, Farndon Boathouse and Homemade cafes.

Amita Sawhney, owner of the Mem Saab restaurant, explained why she is supporting the scheme. She  said: “I like to give back to the community and this is a way to include everyone who dines at the restaurant to support Framework who are a great organisation supporting homeless people. I didn't have to think twice. This is a way to collect lots of single pounds that add up to make lots of pounds for a great cause.”

Framework, which provides street outreach support for rough sleepers, emergency accommodation and community based support, is also urging more restaurants to sign up and support the scheme.

Jess Powell, Corporate Fundraising representative, explained: “StreetSmart is an innovative campaign that raises hundreds of thousands of pounds for homelessness charities across the country. We feel incredibly privileged to be part of the scheme and are thrilled to have 14 restaurants joining us already this year. Thanks to each and every one of them. If any restaurateurs would like to find out more about StreetSmart and the difference it can make to vulnerable people locally then I urge them to get in touch – or even better to join us on Tuesday – where one participating restaurant – our hosts Adam’s restaurant will be generously launching the challenge.”

“Any money raised would be used to prevent homelessness, to help people who are homeless, and to fund life-changing opportunities for homeless and excluded people.”

 For more information on the scheme and visit www.frameworkha.org/streetsmart  To discuss StreetSmart opportunities please contact Jessica Powell on partnerships@frameworkha.org

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