Spare Change for Real Change


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Four organisations have been hard at work in Winchester to bring fresh impetus to a project which helps homeless people in the city. Winchester BID, Winchester City Council and two local charities, Winchester Churches Nightshelter and Trinity Winchester have all worked hard to refresh the project which was in need of a facelift and marketing boost. The team have redesigned the collection boxes, which are now an eye-catching red house and refreshed the branding.

The project not only collects money for the charities, who will ensure it is used in the best possible way to help homeless people in Winchester, but it also encourages the public to give to the collection boxes rather than directly to people on the street.

Spare Change for Real Change – Money Used to Provide a Warm Place to Stay

It’s fair to say that Winchester does experience a problem with “professional beggars” who are people making a living from the public’s generosity towards them, believing they are needy and homeless (when they are not). By donating only to the Spare Change for Real Change boxes, the project insists that everyone can rest assured that their kind donation will be used to only help the people who really need it, rather than the few who are abusing the generosity of the public. Money collected is used to help the homeless in a number of ways, from providing a warm bed and a place to stay, to serving hot and nutritious meals, to training courses which will give homeless people the helping hand they need to turn their lives around.
MP Steve Brine attended the Spare Change for Real Change launch to officially show his support for the cause.

If you are a business who would be interested in having a Spare Change collection box or “text to donate” sticker in your premises, please contact Amy Sheppard at

You can text to donate to this cause now: Text Real17 £2 / £5 / £10 to 70070*
*plus your standard network charge