Contactless donating comes to Southampton

As we approach our 50th anniversary, it has become clear to us that the avenues people use for fundraising have changed.

A great example of this is the recently launched contactless giving points which have been installed across Southampton as an easy way to donate to chosen charities – one of those being The Society of St James.

The initiative from the Street Support Action Group and GO! Southampton means people can donate easily to support people affected by homelessness with a tap of their contactless bank card.

The article, featured in says: Street Support Action Group Southampton was formed in 2017 with a community-led approach to help make Southampton a city where no-one needs to sleep rough or beg. The Group is working with GO! Southampton to make sure money that is donated by Southampton’s visitors and residents reaches those who really need it. (You can read the rest of the article here).

As we enter this exciting post-lockdown world – the ways people give will change and this is why we are always open to new ideas and ways to raise money to help those who need it. Contactless donating also makes it easier for us to fundraise in the case of any future pandemics – protecting us as a charity, as well as minimising any hand-to-hand contact if a serious pandemic ever arises again.

We are already signed up with Amazon Smile and Easy Fundraising – both giving customers the chance to support their favourite charity as they shop online. There are many ways to raise money for us – from the traditional route of small events at business or with friends, to donations on our website and even supporting us on JustGiving and even on Facebook – where you can raise money for us simply by choosing to support SSJ when you create a post for friends and family.

How do you raise money for SSJ? Let us know what you’ll be doing to help support us in our 50th year (2022) and beyond.

Photo, SSJ Finance Director Andrew Powell (left) at contactless payment launch, Southampton.