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New Charitable ‘Diverted Giving’ Scheme Aims To Stop Street Begging In High Wycombe

High Wycombe’s new ‘Diverted Giving’ initiative will work in conjunction with local charities to tackle drug & alcohol use amongst town centre street beggars.

With High Wycombe’s new ‘Diverted Giving Points’ being installed this week, HWBIDCo’s recently launched ‘Diverted Giving’ scheme will be working in conjunction with local charity, The Oasis Partnership, to ensure all public donations reach those in need of meaningful support and help tackle drug and alcohol use amongst the street begging community.

The three ‘Diverted Giving Points’ – on the High Street, on White Hart Street and at McDonald’s Drive-Thru – enable the public to make a nominal payment via a fixed card terminal, with all donations channeled through a central charitable trust. Funds will go towards establishing a team of Street Support Outreach Staff, who will engage with anyone asking for money and address their needs appropriately, working with local organisations to provide assistance with drugs & alcohol support, shelter or aid.

A representative from The Oasis Partnership commented; The Oasis Partnership works with over 100 homeless people a year across Buckinghamshire. We hope that the ‘Diverted Giving Points’ will help us to continue supporting homeless people, and those experiencing problems with drug and alcohol use, to rebuild meaningful lives. We will be spending any money raised from direct giving on directly supporting homeless people in High Wycombe, in consultation with the homeless community.” 

This message was echoed by another local charity, Wycombe Homeless Connection, who are equally supportive of the new initiative and its intentions; “The Oasis Partnership are a great local charity with whom we work closely. We hope the ‘Diverted Giving Scheme’ will mean they can help vulnerable people who are begging whilst often wrestling with drug & alcohol use, all of whom need our compassion, understanding and tailored support.”

 The new ‘Diverted Giving Points’ will be installed from this week. Further updates will be released within the coming weeks as part of the ongoing ‘Diverted Giving’ campaign to inform the public and further help tackle the challenges associated with street begging in High Wycombe town centre.