A Nottingham charity has begun a move to install a handful of contactless donation points across the city.

One of these points has been put in the Victoria Centre, right by the seating area on the ground floor, where the piano used to be.

The donation point itself is a bright yellow box, with a large amount of orange text and signs plastered across it, making it almost unmissable to any passing people.

It is also set up in a way that allows any shoppers to quickly and simply tap their phone or card against the device, which automatically donates £3 to the cause.

The points are incredibly noticeable, standing out in the Victoria Centre

“All the money goes into a single fund, held by the Notts Community Foundation and that fund is available to all charities across Nottingham as an extra source of cash”

Dr Paul Scotting, the coordinator of the initiative 

Dr Paul Scotting, the coordinator of the initiative explained that “All the money goes into a single fund, held by the Notts Community Foundation and that fund is available to all charities across Nottingham as an extra source of cash”

Scotting went on to explain how “It’s (The scheme) is only two months in…but we are getting really positive responses”

The whole movement has begun as statistics show that the number of people sleeping rough in Nottingham has increased by 21 percent over the last two years.

Scotting explained how the idea came from Cambridge street aid, with a similar program existing in Leicester since 2019. Funds that enter the Notts pot can then have bids submitted for it by charities across Nottingham.

Dr Paul Scotting stood next to the Victoria Centre donation point. The white box in the orange circle is where you tap your card/phone

Right now, there are 15 charities supporting the move, and they are covering the overhead costs needed to run this project.

Sam Pattison was shopping in the Victoria Centre, when the point caught her eye, and she went on to say that she thinks that it is a “great idea to not have the pressure to give or not, it’s your choice. A card tap also lets you not worry about the change”

Video: Paul Scotting demonstrates how to donate

Nottingham City Council came out with a statement, explaining how it recognises there are high numbers of people in the city experiencing homelessness, and they are working hard to address the issue.

Additionally, it was recently confirmed by the council that six new homes will be made available for homeless families in Nottingham after it helped to secure more than £1m from the Government through a proposed deal.