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Streetsmart: £1 On Your Bill, That's All

Manchester restaurants join in homeless charity scheme

Published on November 6th 2012.

Streetsmart: £1 On Your Bill, That's All

“STREETSMART lets us do a graceful thing. A simple thing. A kind thing," says Stephen Fry, National StreetSmart Ambassador. 

The national StreetSmart campaign launched on Thursday 1 November and as usual Greater Manchester restaurants are playing their part in the country’s bid to help the homeless over Christmas. 

With StreetSmart 100% of the funds raised by each participating city are directed straight back into local homeless projects and charities. 

StreetSmart works through participating restaurants adding £1 to all customers’ bills throughout November and December.

This a voluntary contribution and the amount is the same no matter how big the party. With hundreds of restaurants doing this nationally the small gift helps lift the lives of the UK’s homeless population. The 2011 campaign raising £760,000 nationally, and Manchester restaurants generated £46,000 of funding for local projects. 


With StreetSmart 100% of the funds raised by each participating city are directed straight back into local homeless projects and charities. 

All administration fees are generously covered by the campaign’s sponsor Deutsche Bank to ensure that every penny raised goes straight back into the local community. 

Projects that have benefited from the StreetSmart scheme include The Booth Centre, Mustard Tree, Life Share, WellSpring Project, Emmaus and Manchester Ceramics Enterprise.

Such organisations provide crucial support to the homeless through empowering activities such as allotment schemes, counselling, free music workshops and mentoring, as well as relief for homeless individuals such as soup runs, clothing and bedding distribution and shelter. 

Participating restaurants in Manchester this year include: 

Aumbry, Prestwich.

Australasia, Spinningfields, City Centre. 

Choice Bar and Restaurant, Castlefield, City Centre. 

Damson, Heaton Moor. 

Giovanni’s Deli, City Centre. 

The Grill on the Alley, City Centre. 

The Lime Tree Restaurant, Didsbury. 

The Lime Tree Restaurant and Wine Bar, Bollington. 

The Lowry Hotel, City Centre. 

The Mark Addy, Salford.

The Market Restaurant, Northern Quarter

Michael Caines Restaurant @ABode Manchester

Michael Caines Bar & Grill @ABode Manchester

The Red Lion, High Lane. 

Second Floor Restaurant, Harvey Nichols, City Centre. 

One supporter of the campaign, broadcaster Richard Bacon has pledged local support in Manchester in light of his recent move to MediaCityUK for his 5Live Afternoon Show. 

He said: "This has got to be the smartest, most effective and enjoyable way of doing a little something for homelessness that's ever been conceived of. Eat great food. Do some good. There's no worse time of year for people to be sleeping rough and a tiny numerical adjustment to your bill, one so small you wouldn't even have noticed, will help"

StreetSmart runs from Thursday 1st November to Monday 31st December.

Full lists of participating restaurants and charities can be found at www.streetsmart.org.uk

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8 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousNovember 6th 2012.

Does this mean the bloke who pesters you for any spare change ,outside San Carlo can have a few weeks of? These beggars portray themselves as a lost cause ,in reality and I've watched them I estimate the one guys on about £ 100 a shift free of income tax and National Insurance. Somebody should move them . Mancon should start a campaign!

Dr AculaNovember 6th 2012.

Does Richard Bacon look just a tiddly bit like a vampire in this picture?

AnonymousNovember 6th 2012.

When was the last time Richard Bacon ate out in Manchester ? He apparently lives in Londonand commutes! Just another luvvie jumping on the band wagon . If he is that much insupportable of it maybe the smug git will donate £ 100 to get the ball rolling

TibeNovember 6th 2012.

Ah good, everyone's getting into the spirit of Streetsmart then.

the Whalley RangerNovember 6th 2012.

I welcome this initiative.

In a day and age when all talk is about a 'living wage' increase of 25p per hour (which is voluntary), whilst the minimum wage is just increased by 11p per hour (this is statutory), then we begin to understand that the real terms reduction for the bottom end of society is playing out to be 5/6 of the increase in annual energy bills right now. Gulp!

StuNovember 6th 2012.

Here is the man himself in action - http://www.squaremeal.co.uk/streetsmart

Axel LariatNovember 7th 2012.

I don't agree with this so-called 'vountary' donation being added on to the bill automatically. Call me miserable/mean-spirited if you like but it's not truly voluntary if you are forced into a position of opting-out, rather than opting-in.

On principle, I will ask for it to be removed (and I did do in The Lime Tree last year). However, others who feel the same way may not ("embarrassed to make a scene", "makes me look mean").

By all means put it in big letters on the menu eg "PLEASE KINDLY CONSIDER A £1 DONATION TO STREETSMART, PLEASE TELL YOUR WAITER", and I will happily do so.

1 Response: Reply To This...
Bobby SnotgrassNovember 14th 2012.

you fcikgn tight arse. wow. you ask for a quid to be taken off? OMG have you got friends? have they refused to go out with you?

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