Would you like to let a homeless person choose their own food/groceries/toiletries to buy and when,  show them that you do care and that they matter?

Would you like to help someone buy their own snack/groceries/toiletries/food and non-alcoholic drink if they can’t afford it?


Then the Pay It Forward Voucher is for you…


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I am looking for a volunteer in Cambridge who will visit participating shops and cafes on a regular basis to see how their voucher sales are going


I am in the process of redesigning how the scheme operates, by making the tracking system easier to use, please bear with me.


Last updated:  20/08/2022

Huge thanks to The Arnold Clark Community Fund for giving us £750 to pay to improve the voucher tracking system.  We are pleased to have Felix Fearnley who created the tracking system relooking at modifying it.

We have now registered with easyfundraising.

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be raising free donations for Pay It Forward Gift Vouchers with easyfundraising?

There are over 4,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation – including eBay, Argos, John Lewis, ASOS, Booking.com and M&S – and it won’t cost you a penny extra to help us raise funds.

All you need to do is:

1. Go to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/payitforwardvouchersscheme/?utm_campaign=raise-more and join for free.
2. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping.
3. After you’ve checked out, the retailer will make a donation to Pay It Forward Gift Vouchers at no extra cost to you whatsoever!

There are no catches or hidden charges and the Pay It Forward Voucher Scheme will be really grateful for your donations.

Thank you for your support.

Thanks to Todd of Bare Necessities, Tejesh Gohil and Joanna Skinner we are now a registered charity.  Now known as The Pay It Forward Voucher Scheme CIO
Businesses currently selling vouchers
Pod Orlem Polish Grocery Shop – £5
Milton Road
(over the counter only)
The Edge Cafe – £5
Perne Road end of Mill Road
‘Cambridge’s Café with a Cause
Compassion through Community’
Recovery hub: therapeutic groups and activities
Vibrant community café: fabulous homemade food
Food hub: tackling food poverty and food waste
(over the counter & online)
Black Cat Cafe – £3.50 & £5 (over the counter & online)
Horizon (organic grocery store)
– £5 Mill Road (Perne Road side of bridge)
Alamin grocery Store – £5
City side of railway bridge (over the counter & online)
Thrive plant-based cafe & bistro – £5 (over the counter & online)
Full Circle *Zero Waste* shop – £5 (over the counter only)
B-Tap Baron (waffles) – £3 and £5
St. Andrews Street (by Lion Yard)
(over the counter & online)
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Jimmys Cambridge
supporting the Cambridge Homeless Community
Wintercomfort for the homeless and vulnerably housed
Cambridge Cyrenians
provides a range of accommodation, support and specialist services for homeless men and women.
Romsey Mill
a Christian charity dedicated to creating opportunities for change with young people, children and families in Cambridgeshire
Cambridge Housing Society (CHS)
Railway House
Cambridge Women’s Resources Centre
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Brought by the public to be passed on to a person in need to buy toiletries, groceries, food and non-alcoholic drink without giving them money.
The voucher can only currently be redeemed in the shop it was brought from.
In Cambridge the printing of the vouchers is funded by City Council.
Voucher cannot be exchanged for cash, alcohol or tobacco products and is non-transferable.
Vouchers are individually coded so is tracked using the tracking system (link given to businesses and organisations upon joining the scheme


How I’d like the scheme to grow – would you like to be part of this?
Modify tracking system so it can accommodate other towns
Open scheme to hairdressers, accommodation, days out for families, etc

Look into embedding voucher code into QR

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