Join StreetSmart And Make A Difference

Homelessness and the housing crisis is all over the news, it’s visible on our streets and seems to be getting worse, not better. We can’t ignore it, but this is how you can do a little something about it.

The beauty of StreetSmart is its simplicity. It is an innovative, easy fundraising scheme which works during the winter season when people begin to think about those less fortunate than themselves. It’s an easy way for people to ‘Dine Out and Help Out’.

Over the last three years, our community has successfully raised over €90,000, all of which has gone on to help homeless charities the Peter McVerry Trust, Focus Ireland and Stepping Stone, who provide services, housing, advocacy and solutions to those impacted by homelessness.

With the benefit of a table-card or a reference on the menu which explains the StreetSmart idea, a voluntary €2 is added to each tables bill during November, December and January. At the end of the campaign all participating StreetSmart restaurants pass on the money raised to StreetSmart and its new registered charity partner SCOOP/SyriasVibes. .

The funds raised will continue to support homeless charities in Ireland. However, with the new StreetSmart/SCOOP partnership a small proportion of donations will now make an impact at a global level by supporting projects tackling the refugee crisis in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

SCOOP supports a number of projects. One focuses on doctors, clinics, ambulances and mobile clinics in 9 different parts of Syria. The second works primarily in the Bajed Kandala camp on the Iraqi border with Syria, and focuses on the plight of the Yazidi people in the Sinjar area. They offer medical help, schooling and psychological support to those who have lost and their loved ones and / or homes.

StreetSmart is ultimately about bringing together the restaurant industry to address the biggest social crisis for a generation. We realise that the success of this campaign depends on you, your managers and staff getting behind it. I hope you can join us in making this year’s campaign the most successful yet.

The first step is to sign up to start your restaurant’s registration. We will follow this up with the point of contact to arrange to pop in with all the print material you will need to get the ball rolling.

Brian Cuddy
StreetSmart Founder.

Administration

The campaign runs from November, December and into January.

The use of electronic tills makes the administration very straightforward.

For most till systems a 0 VAT button is simply allocated to StreetSmart.

Staff add the donation to the customer’s bill. At close of business each day, the end of day report gives the sum totals for StreetSmart.

At the end of each month of the campaign: we liaise with your accounts department to collect and pass on the money raised to our chosen Irish homeless charities and SCOOP projects abroad

Customer Awareness

Customers should be made aware of the campaign when that are seated. A table card and accompanying flyers/posters explain to the customer that a voluntary €2 donation will be added to the bill.

  • If possible each table displays a table-card.
  • Each bill is delivered with a table-card.
  • Please re-use the table-cards as much as possible.
  • For any customer queries, simply give the customer to check out our website and social media pages.
  • There is no hard sell, it’s not a problem if they don’t want to donate.

Customer Participation

Over the last five years, feedback from staff and customers has overwhelmingly been positive. Depending on the location of your restaurant, homelessness on our streets is hard to ignore and during the lead-up to Christmas, most customers are very happy to ‘give a little something back’ after enjoying their meal.

Cost to the restaurant

StreetSmart provides all print materials to the restaurant, a small help pack will also be delivered. Administration is the only burden which is minimal. All we ask is that you provide us with a voucher for a meal for two as a prize to be given away in our weekly social media promotional campaign.

Restaurant staff and tips

StreetSmart as a concept has successfully run for 15 years across England and around the World in Australia, New-Zealand, Canada and South Africa. Last year, restaurants here reported that participating in StreetSmart Ireland ‘Dine Out Help Out’ campaign had no effect on the level of tipping. Their experience has shown that customers are happy to contribute to the scheme and don’t make any adjustment to the level of tip they would normally leave.

You can also contact Brian by email info@streetsmartireland.org or call +353 87 775 9614

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