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December Street Collection

Please volunteer for an hour or two!

Every year we hold a street collection throughout December in Norwich City Centre. We rely on volunteer collectors to help us do this – we provide a hi-vis tabard, a collection tin and a contactless machine.

We will be based in a city centre bank (details to follow) and you can come and collect your collection tin etc from us at the bank at the beginning of your time slot. Please return to the bank at the end of your stint.

We will inform you within a few days how much was in your tin – and will let you know the grand total by the end of December.

Nearer the time, we will have an online form you can complete to book a time slot. Some people collect for an hour, some do 2 hours, but it really is up to you – all help is appreciated.

Or if you prefer, you can email us on fundraising@stmartinshousing.org.uk or call 01603 667706 with your preferred time slot.

Check out our frequently asked questions below:

We will be using an online sign up system. Details to follow.

Alternatively, if you prefer, you can email us with the date and time you would like to volunteer. Email us on fundraising@stmartinshousing.org.uk or call 01603 667706.

The time slots are for 1.5 hours – but please feel free to volunteer for whatever length of time suits you.

We have permission to collect anywhere in Norwich city centre and will issue all volunteers with permits. You may not stand outside or inside any of the shopping malls (Chantry Place, Castle Quarter, or the Forum, as these are private property, and you will be asked to leave.)

Good places to stand are: St Stephen’s Street, Gentleman’s Walk, Haymarket, London Street. There will be a maximum of six collectors out at any one time, so it’s  a good idea to spread out. We ask that you don’t stand too close to Big Issue sellers or buskers.

We count up the contents of each tin and let collectors know how much they raised within a few days. Sometimes colleagues like to get together and run a friendly competition to see who can raise the most!

100% of the money collected goes to St Martins. The money raised goes to provide more support for people experiencing homelessness. This might include paying for vital activities such as counselling sessions, or support worker time. Fundraising money also pays for supplies such as bedding packs when people move into our hostels. In 2023 a new 23 bed hostel was purchased on Thorpe Road thanks to the incredible fundraising efforts of our community.